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Obituary: Virginia "Ginny" Ferris

Mrs. Ferris

Mrs. Ferris

Virginia "Ginny" Ferris, born Virginia May Newman on July 7, 1920, in Lincoln Park, Mich., passed away in peace at home on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2008, at the age of 87.

Ginny had resided in Prescott, Ariz., area since 2000. Before that time she resided with her husband George at their beloved woodland lodge in northern Michigan after retirement and many years in the Detroit area. The two wintered for many years in Boca Raton, Fla., where they enjoyed time with family and friends.

Ginny was most at home in the northern woods, where she loved to grow flowers, watch wildlife and enjoy nature with the true love of her life, George. Ginny and George were married for 59 years before his death in 1999. The two were inseparable and true "Best Friends." Together they had many wonderful friends and a large extended family. Ginny gave strength and encouragement to her husband for the many years she watched and supported the career he loved. Ginny loved raising her children, sharing her love of painting, sewing and crafts with them as well as her love of nature. In retirement, Ginny and her husband divided their time between Michigan, Florida and, in the later years, Arizona, where Ginny loved to be with her four grandsons. Ginny always held onto her love of gardening and, wherever she was, filled her space with beautiful flowers. She always enjoyed viewing and attracting birds and wildlife of all kinds.

Ginny is preceded in death by her parents, Paul and Pearl Newman; her husband George; her sister June Guest; her brother Dale Newman; an infant grandson; and many close friends and family.

Ginny is survived by her sons, Edward and William; her daughter Pam and son-in-law Martin; four grandsons, a granddaughter; several nieces and nephews of whom she was extremely fond; and several great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandson.

Ginny gave of herself wholeheartedly as a loving daughter, devoted wife, nurturing mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She was a beautiful, quiet, peaceful soul who gave encouragement, strength and love to all she shared her life with. She was most thankful for and cared deeply for the gentle care and companions that were lovingly by her side until the end. Ginny will be greatly missed here, where she has left a void in the lives of many. It is certain that in death she is welcomed with the Lord and embraced and surrounded by all those who have passed before her whom she has missed and loved dearly. Her love will be forever felt.

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