Ginger Hansey passed away on May 10, 2016 surrounded by her family and friends. She was 80. Ginger leaves behind her children Randy & Karen, Brent & Annie, Karen & Barbi. Grandchildren Melanie, Jason & Elyssa, Luke & Sheena, Loren, Mark & Brianna, great grandson Vinny and beloved dog Manny. Ginger was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years Don and her son Mark.
Ginger was born Virginia Ann Jellison and raised in Dryden WA on a 10 acre apple orchard where she was surrounded by a large extended family who gathered regularly to celebrate life and family. She graduated from Dryden High School and attended Western Washington University on a music scholarship for piano. Ginger married Don Hansey in 1954 and raised their 4 children at their home on Lake Whatcom surrounded by a wonderful community of neighbors. After raising her children Ginger sold real estate for 10 years where she loved helping people find that perfect house and made many friends along the way. Ginger spent 25 years in administration with Bible Study Fellowship, again creating lifelong friendships. Ginger also served in many positions including deacon and elder at Birchwood Presbyterian church where she was a member for over 40 years. Ginger found her passion and calling when she became the project administrator for Love in the Name of Christ. Through all of these jobs and activities Ginger loved and cherished the friendships she made and the people she served.
Ginger was a devoted, loving and generous mother, grandmother, great grandmother, auntie, cousin and friend. During her adventurous life Ginger loved to host gatherings to celebrate life with family and friends, care for and nurture her community, garden, swim in Lake Whatcom and sleep under the stars. She also learned to fly small planes, operated boats both big and small, traveled with beloved friends, and welcomed everyone with an open door, a gracious smile and a delicious meal. Ginger was very grateful for her newest community of friends at the Willows where she lived for the past year and a half going to yoga, movie nights, knitting group, craft classes, music events and especially her nightly dinner with the girls. Ginger will be greatly missed by all of her beloved family and friends.
Memorials can be made to Love in the Name of Christ, Birchwood Presbyterian Church or Whatcom Hospice.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 21, at 1:00PM at Birchwood Presbyterian Church (400 Meadowbrook Ct.)