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Virginia Sherwood Carino

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Carino, Virginia Sherwood
Virginia Sherwood Carino, 87, died peacefully in her sleep on October 7, 2012, from complications related to Alzheimer's Disease. She was born in Palo Alto, California on April 28, 1925. She was a proud graduate of Stanford University where she majored in theater. Ginny was an extremely talented person. She acted in many dramatic productions and even some small movie roles. Her television career began as Miss Ginny on Romper Room at WWL-TV, New Orleans. She then began her news career and was the first female correspondent for ABC-TV assigned to the White House during the Nixon and Ford administrations. Mrs. Nixon and Ginny had a wonderful relationship. Mrs. Nixon called Ginny "her little sister". After leaving ABC-TV, she began a most successful career as a communications coach specializing in working with television news on-air personnel, corporate executives, and political candidates. In this area, she coached individuals on the best way to deliver their newscasts; she coached corporate executives on making speeches -- both ad lib and written, and Ginny worked miracles with some political candidates who needed help on their speaking ability and TV commercials. She was as determined in her leisure as she was in her work enjoying many years finding perfect ball placement on the tennis court, slicing beautiful paths on freshly groomed ski slopes and finding the sweet spot on the golf club. She was the envy of many golfers in achieving a hole-in-one on the Palo Verde golf course in Sun Lakes, Arizona. She was also a terrific cook and later in life discovered her talent in watercolor painting. She was always trying to help people in any way that was needed. Ginny was addicted to her families, spending time with them as well as watching them choose career paths and become independent adults themselves. Her greatest joy was the love and years she shared with her husband Larry who believes that God created a wonderful, loving, talented, giving person, and that God was at His peak when He created her life. Virginia is survived by her husband Larry, daughter Melissa Davis (Ron), and stepchildren Donald Carino (Doris), Carolyn Smith (James), Lawrence Carino (Hong), Arthur Carino (Donna), Susan Nystrom (Dennis), Janine Montgomery (Douglas), Marcia Carino (Rick Koeneman), and Teresa Carino. She was the grandmother of 28 and great-grandmother of 31. She is predeceased by her sons David and Paul. She was also "mom" to many television anchors and reporters whom she coached throughout her career. A memorial service to celebrate her life was held in Sun Lakes, Arizona. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Mayo Clinic for Alzheimer's Research or the .

Published in The Arizona Republic on Oct. 14, 2012
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