Rosburg, Washington

Oct. 10, 1929 — July 6, 2019

Rosburg, Washington, resident Vivien E. Agee-Wirkkala, 89, died in Astoria on July 6, 2019.

The daughter of Virgil and Nora (Mallgren) Purnell, she was born in Dayton, Washington, on Oct. 10, 1929. Vivien attended Dayton Elementary School, and Dayton High School for a year, before graduating from Ellensburg High School in 1947. She attended Central Washington University in Ellensburg for four years.

In September 1950, she married Richard Dean Agee and became a wife, and later mother to four children. With her family grown, she returned and completed her education degree from Eastern Washington University in Cheney, graduating in 1967.

Vivien taught school in Washtucna, Washington, from 1967 until 1971, when she moved to the Naselle, Washington, area. She was a teacher at Naselle Junior and Senior High School, and she filled in as needed at the Naselle Youth Camp until retirement.

Following the death of Richard, she married Edwin Wirkkala in Grays River in August 1994.

Vivien enjoyed her family and various activities, including sewing, oil painting, computer writing, hand crafts, her house plants and her various four-legged friends over the years. She formerly attended the Community Congregational Church in Naselle, and was attending Valley Bible Church in Rosburg.

Vivien is survived by her children, Jennifer Agee, Stacey Agee, Lynette Agee and Mark Agee. Her husband, Edwin Wirkkala, survives, as do his children, Dianne Forberg, Jan Hager, Connie May, Susan Petreye and Steve Wirkkala; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Esther Messick, and brother, Merton Purnell.

Her casket will be open on Friday, from noon until 5 p.m., at Penttila’s Chapel by The Sea in Long Beach, Washington.

A funeral service will be Saturday, July 13, 2019, at 1 p.m., at Valley Bible Church in Rosburg, with a reception following.

Private burial will be at Seal River Cemetery in Rosburg.

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