Funeral services for Virginia (Ginger) D. Bartley, 86, of Springfield, Mo., formerly of Audubon, were held Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2010 at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Springfield, Mo., Rev. Bill Havens and Rev. Diana Bell officiated. Honorary Pallbearers were Sam Uptergrove, Chuck Uptergrove, Kody Fox and Justin Uptergrove. Pallbearers were Rick Bartley, Doug Bartley, Jim Bartley, Drew Uptergrove, Josh Fox and Flavius Killebrew. A private interment was held.
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Virginia (Ginger) D. was born June 11, 1924, to Leslie C. and Kathryn Lou Jepsen Rupert in Lincoln, Neb. She died in Springfield, Mo., on Sept. 10, 2010.
She graduated from Northeast Lincoln High School in 1942, and very soon went to work with Lincoln City Utilities where she worked for several years. During high school she became acquainted with Richard L. Bartley and they became engaged in 1943, while Richard was in the Navy during World War II. In 1944, they were married and Ginger moved to Omaha, Neb., where she worked in insurance.
She was a caring, loving and supportive country doctors' wife for more than 25 years. She was a wonderful wife and partner to her husband, Dick, for over 65 years. She was an amazing and talented mother. She and Dick raised four good kids: Douglas, Richard Jr., Kathy and Jim. Ginger was involved in many activities: Red Cross Service during World War II; Cub Scout den mother; seamstress of various outfits; costumes and uniforms for all the kids; PEO Sister, Chapter ES; Westminster Church nursery attendant; St. John's Hospital auxiliary volunteer. She was a member of the Southminster Presbyterian Church. She was an avid reader, animal lover, cat-lover, kind soul and helpful friend to all she knew, and voted the best dancer in 1941 and 1942 at her Lincoln, Neb., high school.
Published in AUDUBON COUNTY ADVOCATE JOURNAL from Oct. 1 to Oct. 8, 2010