Virginia Jo Mahnken Baldwin|
Virginia Jo Mahnken Baldwin, was born on June 30, 1940 and raised in Seattle. She graduated from Franklin High School and attended the University of Washington where she was a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority.
Gini moved to Maui in 1962 where she married and raised her family. She became active in the Arts, particularly the Hui Noeau Art Campus. She and nine of her friends were contributors and writers of the successful cookbooks "Maui Cooks" and Maui Cooks Again" as fundraisers for Maui Kokua Services and the Maui Culture and Art Center. For twelve years, Virginia was co-owner of Tiger Lily, a women's apparel boutique in Kahului. Gini was gifted as a fundraiser for major Maui community organizations and was at her happiest cooking Chow Fun for the Seabury Hall Craft Fair.
Gini was beloved for her ability to gather friends and family together. During her 40 years on Maui she kept her northwest roots alive through a frequent exchange of family members and friends to Maui and annual treks for her children to Bainbridge Island where her family resided.
Virginia Jo passed away peaceably after a short illness. She is survived by a lifetime of treasured friends, her companion James Barker, a brother Conrad Mahnken, three sons Jeffrey, Richard "Duke", and Christopher Baldwin, eight grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter.
A private internment will precede a Celebration of her Life for friends and family in her home on Bainbridge Island May 26th 2013 from 3-6 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to "Doctors without Borders." Arrangements entrusted to Cook Family Funeral Home. Please sign the online Guest Book at: www.cookfamilyfuneralhome.com
Published in The Seattle Times from May 18 to May 19, 2013