WESTMINSTER, S.C. — There will be no funeral for Virginia K. (Ginny) Jackson (78) who died after a courageous, three-year battle with colon cancer. Ginny Jackson passed away at her home on Dec. 30 with her sister Shari, her daughters Kelly and Tracey and her son-in-law Norman at her side. A graveside service will be held in the summer at East Randolph Cemetery, where her ashes will be buried beside her parents at a date to be determined.
Ginny, the daughter of C. Clarence (Bill) and Stella Waldo, was born in Randolph, and went to school there, graduating from Randolph High School in 1952. After graduating from Albany Business College, Ginny moved to Florida where she lived until 2007, when she moved to Westminster, SC, “around the corner” from her sister Shari.
She lived for many years in Miami, where she became a dedicated fan of the Miami Dolphins and University of Miami Hurricanes. Ginny was an ardent sports fan, following the ups (and downs) of the Boston Red Sox and Celtics. And cheering mightily against “America’s Team,” the Dallas Cowboys.
For many years, she and her sisters visited Boston and Fenway Park annually, until her declining health made travel difficult. One high point of her later years was a last visit to Fenway Park, where she and Shari sat atop the Green Monster, enjoyed the catered refreshments and had their photo taken with the two World Championship trophies. In addition to her love of sports, Ginny was dedicated animal lover, providing a home for numerous cats and feeding and being entertained by her backyard menagerie in Westminster. She especially enjoyed her morning cup of coffee at her kitchen table while watching the many birds, pesky squirrels, deer, raccoons, possum and skunk “eating her out of house and home” in her backyard.
Ginny is survived by her daughter Kelly Jackson of Westminster, SC and daughter and son-in-law Tracey and Norman DesRosiers of Rocky Face, GA, her grandchildren Zachary, Colin and Aaliz DesRosiers, her sisters Shari Lyn Waldo of Westminster, SC and Nonie Waldo of Quechee, her nephews Brent, Lance and Shawn Ward and “unofficial” brother-in-law, Gerald Meiser, many cousins, including her special cousin and “third sister” Melanie Hook.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Day Funeral Home in Randolph. Online condolences may be left at www.dayfunerals.com.
Ginny’s departure from this world leaves a large, empty hole in the lives of her family and friends. Those wishing to honor her, her love of animals and her courageous fight against cancer might do so by supporting animal rescue or cancer care organizations.
This obituary first appeared in the January 4, 2013 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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