Virginia Ruth DeForest Amyx, 84, daughter of Lucian Virgil and Margaret Reed DeForest, was born March 1, 1919, at Licking. She died Jan. 20, 2004, at St. John’s Regional Health Center in Springfield. In January 1939, she was appointed deputy circuit clerk and ex-officio record of deeds for Texas County. She was elected to that office in November 1942. June 4, 1945, she won her wings by her first solo airplane flight. She was the first student to solo from the King Airport at Houston. She married Leslie L. Burks in 1946. They had two children. After the death of her husband in 1959, she earned her degree in education from Southwest Missouri State University. In 1961, she became supervisor of the first grade at Greenwood Laboratory School at SMSU in Springfield. The family returned to Licking, where she became a teacher for about 20 years. She married Quinten Amyx in 1963. He preceded her in death in 1993. Mrs. Amyx, along with friends and neighbors, organized Public Water Supply District No. 4. She was appointed clerk of the district in 1965, a position she held until her death. She was a member of the board of directors of Peoples Savings Bank for about 40 years. Mrs. Amyx was a lifetime member of the Republican Party and was treasurer of the Texas County Republicans at her death. She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star for about 60 years and a charter member of the Query Club. Surviving are her daughter, Virginia Ellen Burks of Licking; son, Dee Burks of Licking; and three grandsons. Services were Jan. 24 at the First Baptist Church in Licking with Dr. Wilbur Mobley officiating. Burial was in the Boone Creek Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home of Houston. “

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