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Virginia S. Kelley

Virginia “Ginger” Sherlock Kelley passed peacefully from this life on Friday May 27, 2011. She was 89 years old.

Ginger was born in New London, Conn., on Oct. 31, 1921, to James and Mary Sherlock and was raised in the town of Niantic, Conn. She was one of five girls and is survived by her sister Betty Smith of Essex, Conn.

Ginger’s secondary education took place at The Williams School in New London, Conn. She went on to graduate from Mary Washington University in 1940 with a degree in physical education.

On Aug. 25, 1948, Ginger was married to Harold L. Kelley who preceded her in death in August 2000. Together they had two children, Lowrey Kelley and Harold J. Kelley.

Ginger was an avid sports enthusiast and had been a little league coach for her son Harold’s teams which was considered quite a feat for a woman in the 1950s. She was never afraid to argue with the umpires over a bad call and had winning teams for many seasons.

She moved to Pagosa Springs in November 2001 to live with her son and his wife. She immediately became active at the Archuleta County Senior Center where she made many fine friends whose company she always enjoyed over a delicious lunch. Although two strokes in 2006 and 2009 called for her to spend some time in recovery at Pine Ridge Extended Care facility, she spent most of her days in the loving care of her son and daughter-in-law.

Ginger is survived by her son, Harold (Kate) Kelley, grandchildren Katrina Marie Kelley (John) Rubino of New London, Conn., Rachel Jett (Russell Rothan) of Brooklyn, N.Y., David Kelley of Long Beach, Calif., Ian Kelley of Pagosa Springs, and Liza Kelley (Blake) Buckman of Richmond, Ken., four great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

There will be a private service for the family at the beginning of July and her ashes will be scattered together with her husband’s.

Harold and Kate wish to thank Mercy Home Health for the loving care their mom received in 2009 as well as Hospice of Mercy for their support.

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