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GINNY SANDEFUR, 60
Mary Virginia (Ginny) Sandefur Sidlowski, age 60, died at her home in Three Lakes, Wisconsin on May 6th of a sudden illness. Ginny was born in Gainesville, Florida to Wayne and Sarah Sandefur in 1953. She graduated in 1971 from P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School, where she was very active in choral and theater productions. She studied music at the University of Florida and Eastern Kentucky University. In 1975, she received a Bachelor's of Fine Arts Degree in Voice, then continued her education and received a degree in Computer Science in 1977. Her professional career spanned 35 years working as a Systems Analyst and Data Base Administrator. She retired in 2011 to enjoy life on the hobby farm she and her husband Don built in northern Wisconsin.
Ginny was active in animal rights and animal rescue organizations. She and Don rescued at least 100 animals over the last 30 years, all of which they adopted, fostered or placed. She was very interested in World War II history. She worked tirelessly and passionately with the Mississippi Armed Forces Museum to provide information and photographs for a new exhibit honoring her father Colonel Wayne T. Sandefur, which was unveiled in November, 2013.
Ginny was a member of the choir at Union Congregational Church. She was active in the theater, performing in Guys & Dolls, The Music Man, Oliver!, Annie Get your Gun, The King and I, The Fantasticks, and Oklahoma. She was a member of the PEO sisterhood.
Ginny is survived by her husband of 32 years, Don Sidlowski of Three Lakes WI; sisters, Becky (husband Russ) Hite of Gainesville, FL, and Sally (husband Don) Roach of Clearwater, FL; aunt, George Anne Brown; in-laws, Mary Ann and Don Sidlowski; niece Rebecca (Pete) Sepulveda and nephews Doug (Lesley) Roach and David (Jessica) Roach; 2 great nieces, Caroline & Sarah Roach; 2 great nephews, Drew Sepulveda and Will Roach; numerous and very special cousins; and her beloved animals on Oak Leaf Cluster Farm.
A private family service will be held in Clearwater, FL on May 17th.
Memorials may be made to the Mississippi Armed Forces Museum, attn.: Chad Daniels, Bldg. 850, Camp Shelby, MS 39407; or American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Honor Memorial Program, 520 8th Ave. 7th floor, New York, NY 10018.
Published in Gainesville Sun from May 14 to May 15, 2014