305 Roanoke Boulevard
Salem, VA 24153
Phone: 540-389-5441
Fax: 540-389-2107

The Memorial Candle Program has been designed to help offset the costs associated with the hosting this Tribute Website in perpetuity. Through the lighting of a memorial candle, your thoughtful gesture will be recorded in the Book of Memories and the proceeds will go directly towards helping ensure that the family and friends of Virginia Vest can continue to memorialize, re-visit, interact with each other and enhance this tribute for future generations.

Thank you.

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Virginia Vest
In Memory of
Virginia Lambert Houchens
1924 - 2014
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The lighting of a Memorial Candle not only provides a gesture of sympathy and support to the immediate family during their time of need but also provides the gift of extending the Book of Memories for future generations.

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Condolence From: Rita Evans
Condolence: I was at work last week and another former student connected. The student mentioned wonderful Mrs. Houchens, and stated she had passed away. I have enjoyed the connections to the past regularly experienced in Salem, and indeed my own son is now a member of Boots' beloved Salem Presbyterian. He will marry soon. I suppose my moves and second marriage got in the way of many of my early connections, but as Ann Eddy Simpson states, Mrs. Houchens was wonderful to us all and is missed. Too many connections lost over the years and moves, but happy to be making even small and quick re-connections with the special people I have known over the years. Boots we are lucky to have taught so many wonderful students and to keep having them remember those good days. Last night, one told me I hadn't changed a bit. I didn't realize I looked so old so early in life. He had graduated in 88. I am blessed to continue to see that so many of our students turned out well and are living full lives. Sorry we didn't re-connect, but happy to learn of the family you enjoyed and to remember Boots Houchens. Actually, a page we shared in the yearbook with Joe Kirby and Lazelle Hopkins came up as I searched for this memorial. Fun memories to be sure. Blessings above Boots.
Tuesday October 24, 2017
Condolence From: Gina Polster
Condolence: Virginia "Boots" Vest will be missed as a wonderful friend and neighbor to my family, and as a longtime supporter of the Salem Public Library.
Tuesday January 28, 2014
Condolence From: Gary Moore
Condolence: Our thoughts and prayers are with the Houchens and Vest families during this difficult time.

Gary "Goose" and Chris Moore and Family
Monday January 27, 2014
Condolence From: Micheal Payne
Condolence: We send our deepest condolences to the Vest and Houchens families, and pray that your memories of good times and a life well lived will bring you the warmth and shelter of comfort and healing. In our thoughts and prayers.

The Payne Family
Monday January 27, 2014
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