Virginia (Ginny) Brunson Leever passed away July 13, 2020 two months shy of celebrating her 101st birthday, after living a lifetime of service to others of all walks of life.
Born on August 25, 1919 in Abilene, Kansas to E. Bruce and Alice E. Brunson. She lived her childhood in western Kansas where her father was an agriculture agent until just prior to the great dust bowl. At that time, the family moved to eastern Kansas near the Missouri River where she graduated from Leavenworth High School then attended Park College (now university) in Parkville, Missouri.
Soon after graduating with a Bachelors Degree in social work she became an executive with the Girl Scouts of America in Akron, Ohio. She met her future husband, William D. Leever as they both pursued careers in scouting, serving youth and those in need. They made their first home in Akron where two sons were born, Randall D. (Diana Slough) and Ronald W. (Cindy Long).
In 1956, the family moved to Findlay Ohio. William became scout executive for the local council and Ginny worked for Welcome Wagon. In later years she became church school director for the First Presbyterian Church then served with Family Services of Hancock County.
Ginny volunteered in many capacities throughout her life beginning as a den mother for her two sons in scouting. She was a 60+ year member of First Presbyterian Church where she was involved as President of the Presbyterian Women, served as a deacon and an elder, Jean Allen Circle, and represented the church by calling on shut ins, Alzheimer patients, and at funeral homes for members of her church as well as serving wherever needed. She was a lifetime member of P.E.O., active in Arts and Letters in Findlay, former Board Director of Associated Charities, member William Shakespeare club, member American Association of University Women, and Demolay Mothers Club. She was also active with Historic Preservation and Hancock County Naturalists bird watching.
Ginny was well traveled; through the U.S., Canada, Hawaii, London, Italy, and several countries in Africa, enjoying safari and visiting her sister in Malawi. She summered many years at her cabin in Eldora, Colorado where she became known as a matriarch of the village.
A true pioneer woman in spirit, determination, and grit, she often claimed "growin' old ain't for sissies". She is referred to as a pillar of her community (Findlay) and of her church. She will be fondly remembered and dearly missed. Her pleasant warm smile was frequently acknowledged by many. She maintained an inherent love for the natural world and all its inhabitants.
Ginny is survived by her two sons Randy and Ron of Boulder, Colorado; her dear sister Edith Rasmussen of Kalamazoo Michigan; and her brother Richard W. Brunson of Sante Fe, New Mexico; many nieces and nephews in Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Texas, California, San Miguel, Mexico, and Toronto, Canada. She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband William D. and her brother Robert B. Brunson of Estes Park, Colorado.
Her caregivers (angels) allowed her to remain in her home and maintain her quality of life until just prior to her passing. Barbara Elsea, Barbara Gase, Jolynn Long, Beverly Birchfield, Mary Ridge, Sherry Myers, Lori Lamb and Skip Lamb all contributed to fulfilling her wish.
An interesting fact of her life was being born during the Spanish flu epidemic which originated close to her birthplace and passing during the Covid-19 epidemic a century later.
A memorial service will be held post Covid-19 at the First Presbyterian Church of Findlay. Notice will be given for all who care to attend.
Ginny lived by the spirit to 'preach Christ at all times, if necessary, use words'.