Virginia “Ginny” Louise Smith Baker, 91, of Wheelersburg, Ohio, passed away on Wednesday, May 30, 2012, in Portsmouth, Ohio.
Ginny was born on Aug. 25, 1920, in Elizabeth, New Jersey, to Raymond B. and Vera L. Smith. Her fondest memories of childhood were of summers spent at the seaside in Ogunquit, Maine. After attending Middlebury College for undergraduate studies, she received her master’s degree in social work from Vanderbilt University. Ginny went on to serve as a child welfare supervisor for the state of Ohio for more than two decades.
After marriage to William “Bill” Baker (deceased) in 1951, Ginny became a resident of Wheelersburg, Ohio, where she lived for more than 50 years. Ginny was a member of Wheelersburg United Methodist Church, Wheelersburg Garden Club, and The Red Hat Society. She enjoyed reading, traveling domestically and abroad, golf outings, music, theater, and many cultural endeavors.
Ginny is survived by her longtime companion, Clyde Heazlit, who brought great joy to her life in her later years. She is also survived by her daughter, Patricia “Trish” and her husband, Chris Shepherd, of Wheelersburg; her son, William “Bill” and his wife, Lindsay Baker, of Marietta, Ga.; and her son, Daniel “Dan” and his wife, Lori Baker, of Danville, Ky. Her legacy is also expanded by the lives of her nine beloved grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held on Friday, June 1, from 6-8 p.m. at Swick-Bussa-Chamberlin Funeral Home in Wheelersburg. A graveside service will be held on Saturday, June 2, at 10 a.m. at Memorial Burial Park in Wheelersburg.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to American Cancer Society. www.cancer.org/Involved/Donate/MemorialGiving/memorial-giving
Online condolences may be made to www.swickbussachamberlin.com