Virginia “Ginny” Middleton Bourne died peacefully on May 20, 2020, after a long illness, surrounded by her family in her apartment at Meadowood Senior Living in Worcester, PA.
Ginny was born on May 14, 1926, in Jeffersonville PA. Her parents, Raymond and Betty (Dewees) Middleton, operated the largest pigeon farm on the east coast. She is survived by her sister, Janet, and was preceded in death by her brother, Raymond. She was a farm girl by nature, giving her a lifelong love of wild birds and other animals.
She attended Burnside Elementary school, where she was crowned May Queen at graduation. Ginny graduated from Norristown High School in 1944, where she was selected salutatorian of her class.
After graduation, she was employed as a secretary and shortly thereafter she met her future husband, William Bourne. They were married on May 29, 1948, at Jeffersonville Presbyterian Church. After their marriage, Ginny and Bill lived in Eagleville, PA and later in Fairview Village, PA. In 1969, they moved to Worcester, PA, where they lived for 48 years until becoming residents of Meadowood Senior Living. Through many years of their married life, Ginny was the secretary and bookkeeper for Bourne Graphics, a sign business she and Bill began in 1950.
Ginny was strong of will and sharp of mind, always enjoying a good mystery book or TV show. She enjoyed tennis, starting almost as soon as she could walk, and continuing into her eighties. She was an avid bridge player. She and Bill loved to dance to Big Band Music and they did so into her last years.
Ginny is survived by a loving family. Her husband of 71 years, Bill, and their three children: Rik (and wife, Wendi), living at the Worcester homestead, Cliff (and wife, Judy), of State College, PA, and daughter, Cathy (and husband, Alex Cockey), of Baltimore, MD. Their children have blessed them with 14 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren. Ginny’s children and grandchildren will forever hold in their hearts the wonderful memories of family gatherings at the Worcester homestead, with wonderful food, a beautifully laid table, and joyful music – all made possible by Ginny’s thoughtful labors.
Ginny was a member of the Central Schwenkfelder Church serving on the Ladies’ Aid Committee where she was involved in making piccalilli and helping with clothing reruns.
Ginny had a lifelong love of music. She sang in the church choir for 32 years and was frequently a featured soloist with her beautiful soprano voice. She also performed with the Village Singers for several years and at many weddings and funerals. A young neighbor once heard Ginny practicing her singing and asked: “Is she an angel”? They should be welcoming her now.
A private graveside service will take place for the immediate family at Garden of Memories Cemetery behind Central Schwenkfelder Church. When gathering restrictions have been lifted, a public memorial service will be announced. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to the John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove at www.johnjames.audubon.org. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.RLWilliamsFuneralHome.com.