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Virginia Grace "Ginger" (Gordon) Hagan (1937 - 2011)

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Virginia Grace (Ginger) Hagan, loving wife of 51 years, devoted mother of four, and role model for all those she knew, died peacefully at home on March 10, 2011. Ginger was born in New York City on August 30, 1937 to James and Louise Gordon of Ridgewood, NJ where she spent the first 22 years of her life. She attended Wheelock College in Boston graduating in 1959 with a degree in Education. In 1960 she married her high school classmate upon his graduation from the United States Military Academy and began a worldwide odyssey that lasted for the next 35 years. During that period she sporadically taught school, virtually single-handedly raised four children, as her husband, Craig, was often gone for long periods, and saw them all graduate from college and successfully marry.

Army orders required that she pick up and move her family over 25 times, spending seven years in Germany and three in Hawaii and posting on the east and west coasts and central United States apart from her family roots. She did so without complaint and always bloomed wherever she was next planted. Anyone who ever met Ginger soon came to regard her as a special friend. She did pioneering work in establishing family support groups and counseling and was decorated three times by the Army for her work in these areas. Upon retirement she built her dream house in Williamsburg with her husband and enjoyed it for fifteen years. She was an active member of Hickory Neck Episcopal Church in Toano.

Ginger was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her husband, MG Craig A. Hagan, four children and ten grandchildren: Scot and wife, Carolynne of Palmyra, VA, (Sam and Jocelyn), Stephen and wife, Lauren, of Tucson, AZ (Vance, Connor and Devon), Jeffrey and wife, Marguerite, of Tampa, FL (Tyler, Alexandra, and Jayne) and Susan Parker and husband, John, of Williamsburg (Bryce and Samantha); her sister, Barbara Cooke, of Williamsburg, and her brother, Bruce Gordon, of Bluffton, SC.

The family will receive friends at a closed casket visitation at Nelsen Funeral Home, 3785 Strawberry Plains Rd., Williamsburg on Tuesday, March 15, from 5:30-7:30 PM. Funeral services will be held at Hickory Neck Episcopal Church, 8300 Richmond Rd., Toano, on Wednesday, March 16 at 10:30 AM. Interment will be in the West Point Cemetery, West Point, NY, at a later date. Online condolences may be expressed at www.nelsencares.com.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, 2600 Network Blvd, Suite 300, Frisco, TX 75034 or www.nationalbreastcancer.org/donate or the American Kidney Fund, 6100 Executive Blvd, Suite 1010, Rockville, MD 20852-9813.
Published in Virginia Gazette from Mar. 11 to Apr. 11, 2011
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