Virginia Mae ‘Ginny’ Hardin, 81, devoting her time to helping others

Virginia Mae Hardin
Virginia Mae Hardin

Virginia Mae “Ginny” Hardin, 81, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019, at her home. She was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in 1937 to Aurelia Martinez and Feliciano Chavez.

She was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters and three brothers; and in-laws, Lonnie and Beulah Hardin.

Virginia “Ginny,” as she was known to those close to her, leaves to cherish her memory her loving husband of 61 years, Edward; son, Edward, and his wife, Susanne; daughters, Cara Haley and Lynn Volk, and her husband, Kirk; son, Eric; grandchildren, Laura, Melanie, Cheyne, Nathan, Lindsey and Ashley; sister-in-law, Melba (Roland “Bud”) Ranks; niece, April; nephew, James; along with several other nieces and nephews.

Ginny graduated high school in Albuquerque, studied to be an orthodontic assistant, and met her future husband Edward while he was attending the University of New Mexico. Edward and Ginny were married in Georgia in 1957 while he was attending Naval Supply School. Ginny was a homemaker and Naval officer’s wife, and she enjoyed devoting her time to her spouse and children.

She was an avid tennis player; for a time, she was part of the Little Creek Ladies Tennis Club. She also volunteered her time working with special needs children spending many years at Virginia Beach Infant Stimulation Program often bonding closely to the children and families. She also volunteered with various special needs organizations such as Helping Hands Summer Camp, Special Olympics and Special Persons Mailing Service.

In her later years, she devoted time to her grandchildren and often hosted sleepovers at Grandma’s house. She loved giving gifts and devoting her time to helping others. Ginny was described by those who knew her as an “angel.”

Her favorite pastimes were tennis, reading, gardening and spoiling her grandchildren. She also was an avid football and basketball fan and often loved to debate on her favorite team or players.

The family wishes to extend their deepest gratitude to the many caregivers from Seniorcorp and Compassionate Care Hospice who cared for Ginny.

A service celebrating Virginia’s life will be held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 19, at Kempsville Presbyterian Church, Virginia Beach. A reception will follow in the Church Fellowship Hall. Private interment will be held at a later date.

Memorial gifts may be made to St. Mary’s Home.

Share online condolences with the family at Family Choice Burials & Cremations.

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