Virginia Rose "Ginny" Magill

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Virginia Rose "Ginny" Magill, 75, passed away May 26, 2018, a widow after over 54 years of marriage and partnership with John. Despite having close friends and family nearby, Ginny grew lonely, depressed and consumed by sorrow. Born and raised in Traverse City, she was the third child of the late Theodore and Ella Stover. It is there she met and married her high school sweethart John, and started a family.

Ginny had always been a legal secretary, and worked for various attorneys. Her organizational skills and attention to detail, kept her high on demand. After years of that type of work, she decided to make a change, and apply for something in a field she loved... music. She applied for and "beat out" over 100 applicants who were "much younger than she" and took a job at Midland Center for the Arts, in the Music Society. It was a much loved "job" and perfect fit for her. Sadly years later, downsizing forced her to inquire about other options, which she found in Senior Services. Ginny enjoyed her coworkers, Team Handyman, and doing Meals on Wheels with her husband before retiring in December 2017.

A 16-year breast cancer survivor, her appreciation for life and creating lasting memories were evident in daily activities with her friends and family. Mom's interests extended into the kitchen, earning her the "go to" for fabulous meals and guinne pigs for new recipes. Her baking also extended to making holiday sweet treat trays, and delivering them to various locations, to which they became anticipated and aprreciated. Ginny was also the world's greatest cheerleader, with additional commentary from Dad, as they enjoyed the Tigers, Michigan State and her childrens sport events. She enjoyed gardening and would often spend hours planting and preparing the garden with her husband. Mom loved to show off the beauty that would emerge in the spring and fall around the yard.

Caring for her loved ones was always the focus and greatest joy of Ginny's life. Her children and grandchildren were greatly blessed by her steadfast devotion, honesty and active involvement in their lives. Mom's love, strength, wisdom and selfless sacrifice has created a lasting legacy, that will forever impact her family.

Ginny was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Marilyn; brother, Dean (bubber); and her husband, John. Surviving are her three children, Melissa Magill, Michelle Kauffman and Morgan Stauffer; three grandchildren, Mackenzie Magill, Gavin Stauffer and Micaelah Stauffer; and great-grandchild, Meredith Rose Magill. Also surviving are numerous nieces and nephews, cousins and in-laws.

Honoring her wishes, cremation has taken place. Her family has put together a small celebration of life, taking place at Homer Township Hall, Friday, Sept. 14, 2018 from 4-7 p.m. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Awareness, National Breast Cancer Association, Humane Society.

Published in Midland Daily News on Sept. 11, 2018
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