Virginia Jean Blackham Blad

09/10/1944 – 04/15/2019

BladVirginiaCropVirginia Jean Blackham Blad, 74, of Kanosh, UT passed away April 15, 2019 in Fillmore, UT. She was born September 10, 1944 in Moroni, UT to John Howard and Bertha Jensen Blackham. She married Blaine L Blad in the Manti LDS Temple on February 14, 1964 and lived a full and abundant life in Utah, Minnesota and Nebraska. In September 2018, Virginia was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) which ultimately robbed her of her muscular mobility but her noble spirit remained strong. To that end, she was instrumental in helping people become closer to Christ amidst her suffering.
Virginia had a privileged and happy childhood in Moroni, UT where she attended elementary and high school. She was known as a good and kind student and was ultimately voted Homecoming queen at North Sanpete High School. Her educational aspirations took her to Provo, UT where she met the love of her life in the chemistry lab at Brigham Young University. From there, she began her greatest adventure as a devoted wife of 55-years and mother of seven children. Her love for Blaine was one-of-a-kind and she left no doubt of their continued chemistry with weekly dates and constant commentary about his “sexy grey hair” and “deliciousness.”
Virginia’s love for Blaine was only rivaled by the love for her children whom she considered the jewels of her life. She reveled in motherhood and found true joy in shaping the souls, mending the hearts and forming the character of her children as she raised them in the light and truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ. She instilled in her children work ethic, self-reliance and stewardship with family chores, paper routes, canning and community service. She was a fierce advocate for her children’s education with frequent library trips, neighborhood summer schools and parental involvement in school and homework. She was also a second mother to many friends, neighbors and pets who were always welcomed to a heart and home full of love, food, fun and adventure.
Virginia was known for her incredible creativity and thriftiness in a day and age before Pinterest and could turn common goods into cherished treasures. She blessed the lives of many including 36 grandchildren and 34 great-grandchildren with her countless quilts, puppets, hot pads, and aprons. She mixed her social life with her social work and never met a person she didn’t love and serve. She was extremely patient and compassionate with the disadvantaged and downtrodden and always found the good in others. She was patriotic and stressed love of country in 15 years of service as a den mother and scout leader in the Boy Scouts of America and was the proud mother of three Eagle Scouts. She was gracious and wrote thousands of thank you cards and was a quintessential food nurturer.
She was a lifelong and faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Her greatest legacy will be her family, faith, love of the Book of Mormon and valiant testimony of Jesus Christ. Her life was defined by the gospel of Jesus Christ in character and deed as she infused her testimony and love of others into all that she did and was. She was a woman without guile and a friend to everyone—especially children. She spent countless hours preparing primary and family home evening lessons and her monthly visiting teaching messages. As a result of her simple and pure faith in the Savior and priesthood power—she experienced numerous miracles including the birth of twins. In many ways, Virginia lived an ordinary life but how she lived was truly extraordinary.
We note the tender and sweet outpouring of love and concern shown by many friends and family members and give special thanks to the doctors, nurses, administrators, and hospice caregivers at the Intermountain Fillmore Hospital for their compassion and care.
She is survived by her husband Blaine of Kanosh, UT; children: Debra (Jim) Lauret , Orem, UT; Sheryl Marlor, Colorado Springs, CO; Colleen (Kurt) Peterson, Pueblo CO; Kenneth (Angela) Blad, Omaha, NE; Stephen (Amy) Blad, Fort Collins, CO; Kirk (Andrea) Blad, Provo, UT; Kerry (Michael) Dorius, Hurricane, UT; siblings: Lola (Paul) Stevens, Moroni, UT; Doris (Kent) Finlinson, St George, UT; Joyce (Karl) Finlinson, Moroni, U; David (Dianne) Blackham, Mt. Pleasant, UT. Preceded in death by her parents, father and mother in-law Carl and Loueda Blad, her oldest brother Robert Blackham, and son-in-law David Marlor. Funeral service Saturday, April 20, 2019 at 3:00 pm in the Kanosh LDS Chapel. Friends may call Friday from 6 to 8 pm and Saturday from 1:30 to 2:30 pm both at the Kanosh LDS Church. Interment in the Kanosh cemetery. Online condolence at
In lieu of flowers, please consider the following: donate to the ALS Association ( or Boy Scouts of America ( commit to weekly dates with your spouse, make time for your children or grandchildren, go on a walk and ponder the blessings in your life, write and send a thank you note to someone who has made a difference in your life and/or study and share the Book of Mormon.

12 Responses to “Virginia Jean Blackham Blad”

  1. Terry Johansen says:

    I went to High School with Virginia….she was a very sweet special person…May the Lord Bless her family at this time….

  2. Colleen Blad Peterson says:

    My mom is the Bomb! Love you now and forever. Maybe you are walking in meadows of clover now, and surrounded by spiritual heroes who have become your best friends through the years of faithful reading of your scriptures.

    Till we meet agin, enjoy some time with your parents!

    Love Colleen

  3. David and Bonnie Nielsen says:

    Virginia was such positive influence for good in our lives, and we have thought of her with fondness many times over these many years since we were in Lincoln together. May our testimony of eternal life and the eternal nature of families be joined to hers and to all that loved her to bring us all hope and comfort in this time of loss.

  4. Betty Joan Schofield says:

    Virginia was my best friend in High School. We did everything together. She was a friend to everyone. She was loved and admired by all her friends and classmates. She was an exceptional student and excelled in all that she did. She has always been dedicated to serving others and emulating her Savior. She will always be remembered for her constant faith and dedication and belief in His Gosoel.
    Virginia has made life good throughout her life for all those around her, her family and many friends.
    I will miss you, Virginia, and will be looking forward to seeing you again in the Eternities.

  5. Jim and Jan Hulse family says:

    The Hulse family lived many years by Blaine and Virginnia in Lincoln Nebraska. We loved them. Our children were also friends and spent many fun hours in their home. She was extremely creative and loved her calling as Boy Scout leader. I was always amazed by the funny things she said and did that we all loved being around her. Even though it has been many years since we have seen them, we will always consider them dear friends! Our love to this special family during this time of loss. You all have a place to stay in St. Louis if ever you come this way. Jim and Jan, Racheal and Matthew, Ryan and Amy,Angie and Doug, Brad and Emily, Natalie and Mike and Travis and Megan.

  6. Corrie Leafty says:

    One of my favorite stories about Virginia is, when one time she had the task of sewing something for an activity for church. According to her, there were a great deal to sew. About half way through her appointed task, her sewing machine broke down. She said that your father was at work and she didnt have time or the means to get it fixed or get a new one at that point. So she put her hands on the machine and prayed to the Lord with all her heart and soul to please bless her machine to work just long enough to get the project finished. She said her machine started to work and ran fine until the last garment was finished. I have at often times reflected on that story, in my life during difficult times, using her example of the level of faith she had. It has pulled me through some difficult times. I loved Virginia so much. She was an excellent example of what a daughter of God should be. I only hope I’m able to be as good of a servant to others as she was. I truly mean that. P.S. I absolutely loved her homemade dinner rolls and wish I had her recipe, if you’re able.
    * I’m sure you know she blessed many of our lives. She will be greatly missed.

  7. Elaine Connelly says:

    I was privileged to work for Blaine as his secretary for the last of his tenure at “School of Natural Resources” at UNL
    I met Virginia and was saddened to hear of her passing.
    She is resting in the arms of Our Lord.

  8. Josh Peterson says:

    Grandma, you will be greatly missed. It saddens me that my children will not get the privilege of knowing you the way I have here on earth. Your legacy will live on though through the many stories of your love, kindness, and powerful faith. Thank you for making us proud to be a part of your family. I love you!

  9. Alayne Isom says:

    I can tell she was a wonderful woman by the way her daughter, my friend Kerry, lives her life. What a beautiful tribute this obituary is to your mother. I’m sure she’s smiling down on all of you at this tender time. Love to the whole family! Families really are forever 🙂 Sincerely Alayne B.Isom

  10. Brent Edgington says:

    So sorry for your loss! I know Kirk fairly well and hold him in very high regard. I have to believe his parents receive much of the credit for that because “the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree.” The gospel is true and you will see your wife and mother again. Elder Boyd K. Packer once said “Happily ever after doesn’t ever come in the second act of a three act play.” She’s on to the final “act” and it will be sweet for her. Continued best wishes!

  11. David E Janzen says:

    We are sorry for your families loss of Sister Blad. She was a great lady to visit with.

  12. Dear Blad family

    Who didn’t know your mom? I vividly remember her as a woman of faith, energy, kindness and such big smile! So sorry for you loss she was one of the unforgettable ones!