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Woman realizes dream

Friday, January 28, 2005

- Virginia Spelbring, 82, of rural Poland sang with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in Utah

An 82-year-old Clay County woman realized her dream Jan. 13 when she was invited to sing with the famed Mormon Tabernacle Choir in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Virginia Spelbring of rural Poland told the Indianapolis Star she was thrilled and the experience "was absolutely everything I hoped it would be and more."

Spelbring's dream came to the attention of Never Too Late, an Indianapolis group that specializes in making the dreams of senior citizens come true.

According to the Star report, Spelbring was late for church one Sunday in December. Sliding into the pew at Zion United Church of Christ, she told her friend, Sharon Kinder, she had been singing along with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in her van.

Kinder contacted Never Too Late's head, Bob Haverstick, who then called the choir's office in Utah.

Michael Van Rosen, a spokesman for the choir, said it was highly unusual for the choir to extend such an invitation to someone. But the choir's music director, Craig Jessop, said, "Let's do it."

"Virginia is an absolute inspiration," Jessop said.

Spelbring told The Star she relied on music to help her all her life, including the years she and her husband, Harold, raised four children while farming and the eight years Harold suffered with Alzheimer's disease before his death in 1988.

"I can't imagine living without music in my life," Virginia said.



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