Virginia K. Jackson

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WESTMINSTER, S.C. - After a courageous, three-year battle with colon cancer, Virginia K. "Ginny" Jackson, 78, passed away at her Westminster home on Dec. 30, 2012, with her sister Shari, her daughters, Kelly and Tracey, and her son-in-law, Norman, at her side.

Ginny, the daughter of C. Clarence "Bill" and Stella Waldo, was born in Randolph, Vt., and went to school there, graduating from Randolph High School in 1952.

After graduating from Albany Business College, Ginny moved to Florida where she lived until 2007, when she moved to Westminster, "around the corner" from her sister Shari. She lived for many years in Miami, where she became a dedicated fan of the Miami Dolphins and University of Miami Hurricanes.

Ginny was an ardent sports fan, following the ups (and downs) of the Boston Red Sox and Celtics. And cheering mightily against "America's Team," the Dallas Cowboys. For many years, she and her sisters visited Boston and Fenway Park annually, until her declining health made travel difficult. One high point of her later years was a last visit to Fenway Park, where she and Shari sat atop the Green Monster, enjoyed the catered refreshments and had their photo taken with the two World Championship trophies.

In addition to her love of sports, Ginny was a dedicated animal lover, providing a home for numerous cats and feeding and being entertained by her backyard menagerie in Westminster. She especially enjoyed her morning cup of coffee at her kitchen table while watching the many birds, pesky squirrels, deer, raccoons, possum and skunk "eating her out of house and home" in her backyard.

Ginny is survived by her daughter Kelly Jackson, of Westminster, and daughter and son-in-law Tracey and Norman DesRosiers, of Rocky Face, Ga.; her grandchildren, Zachary, Colin and Aaliz DesRosiers; her sisters, Shari Lyn Waldo, of Westminster, and Nonie Waldo, of Quechee, Vt.; her nephews, Brent, Lance and Shawn Ward; and an "unofficial" brother-in-law, Gerald Meiser; many cousins, including her special cousin and "third sister," Melanie Hook.

At Ginny's request, there will be no funeral. A graveside service will be held in the summer at East Randolph Cemetery, when her ashes will be buried beside her parents at a date to be determined.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Day Funeral Home in Randolph. Online condolences may be left at

Ginny's departure from this world leaves a large, empty hole in the lives of her family and friends. Those wishing to honor her, her love of animals and her courageous fight against cancer might do so by supporting animal rescue or cancer care organizations.
Published in Times Argus on Jan. 4, 2013