Virginia Louise (Palmer) Himebaugh
Passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by her family, on Tuesday April 1, 2014. She was born July 7, 1923 in Battle Creek, Michigan. She was the 5th of 6 children born to loving parents Jessie Louise and Garrett A. Palmer.
She was preceded in death by her siblings Frances (Merle) Campbell, Marian (Jim) Chamberlain, Paul (Bea) Palmer, Ralph (Dorothy) Palmer and Catherine (Albert) Kaufman.
Virginia, known as "Jinny", was raised in Battle Creek and graduated from Battle Creek Central High School in 1941. She went on to serve in the US Coast Guard earning the rank of Seaman 1st Class. Jinny was stationed in New York City from 1945-46 in radio communications. Post military service, Jinny was employed at Clear Lake Camp, Camp Tyler (Texas), and the MEA Camp at St. Mary's Lake, Battle Creek, where she met her future husband, Richard Ivan Himebaugh (who preceded her in death in 1999). They married August 14, 1952. Together, they celebrated 46 years of marriage and were wonderful and caring parents to four children.
She is survived by those children; Doug (Mary) Himebaugh, Nancy (Mark) Stevens, Jan (Mark) Barry, and Scott Himebaugh.
In addition to raising a family, Jinny was employed in various positions with Win Schuler's, Marshall Chronicle and later as a dispatcher for Blue Arrow Douglas. She retired in 1985 after 23 years. With retirement and her family grown, Jinny enjoyed the pleasure of lounging on her back porch and feeding the squirrels. With her free time she skillfully knit a variety of items; sweaters, baby outfits, and afghans to name a few. She was very creative and expressed herself with clever poems, cards and spectacular birthday cakes. Jinny entered a new chapter in her life 1989 with the birth of her only grandchild, Erich Himebaugh. She was a tender and loving Grandmother. Jinny experienced a lot of growth and changes over the course of her 90 years, including being a model at the age of 86. Her photo (above) was featured in a brochure for CentraCare Calhoun County. Jinny touched many lives with her gentle spirit and loving ways and will be dearly, dearly missed. The family would like to sincerely thank Bronson Battle Creek, Select Specialty Hospital and Lifespan Good Samaritan Hospice for their kind and compassionate care.
A visitation will be held Friday, April 4, 2014 from 3:00-6:00 p.m. at the Bachman Hebble Funeral Service. Burial will be held at a later date at Fort Custer National Cemetery. In honor of Jinny, a memorial contribution to CentraCare (Calhoun County) in her name would be greatly appreciated.