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MAUREEN WOODSMaureen Hanley Woods (Maus), 87, passed away peacefully at her home in Lexington on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015. Born in Manhattan, New York, on Jan. 27, 1927, she was the daughter of Elizabeth McDermott Hanley and Stephen John Hanley.Maus attended St. Catherine of Sienna grammar school and Andrew Jackson High School in Queens, N.Y., where she played the drums in the band and marched in several Macy 's Thanksgiving parades. In 1939, anessay Maus wrote about the life of her grandfather Bartholomew McDermott, a NYC fire chief, won a citywide contest and Maus was presented a medal at City Hall by New York Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia. After high school, Maus worked in the Empire State Building as the personal secretary to the owner of a large theatrical talent agency where she met many famous Broadway actors. She also did runway and photographic modeling.She was married for 60 years to Maj. (Ret.) Edwin Renouf Woods , and spent many years abroad as an army wife. In 2007 after the death of her husband, Maus moved to Lexington. She often commented that her years in Lexington were among the happiest of her life. Maus was an avid reader and she enjoyed classical music, ballet, working crossword puzzles, watching golf and ice hockey and every episode ever made of CSI and NCIS. She lived every day of her life on her own terms with generosity and grace.In addition to her husband of 60 years, Maus is predeceased by her brother John Bartholomew Hanley of Palm Beach, Fla., and her sister Lois Hanley Ray of Bethlehem, Penn. Survivors include her daughter, Maureen Woods Becker and son-in law William Paul Becker Jr. of Lexington; her grandson, Thomas Adam Becker, his wife Gayle Jeney Becker; and a great-grandson, William Renouf Becker of Metuchen, N.J. The family is deeply grateful for the loving care of Dr. Laura Kornegay and her staff at Carilion Internal Medicine, the staff, nurses and aides at Rockbridge Area Hospice and Gayle Pitsenberger and her team of caregivers.Following Maus ' wishes, there will be no services.
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REV. JEANETTE BAGGSThe Rev. Jeannette Ford Baggs passed away Friday, Jan. 9, 2015, after a nearly decade-long battle with Alzheimer 's disease, which she fought with great courage, dignity and grace. She was 77 years of age. Born in Oxford, N.C., Rev. Baggs also lived in Virginia, Tennessee, Alabama and Arizona, before retiring in Williamsburg. Over the years, she enjoyed traveling throughout the United States and abroad, playing bridge, reading and learning new things, and spending time with friends and her loving family.She graduated from Petersburg High School in Petersburg, Virginia in 1955, and went on to earn a bachelor 's of science in psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University, a master 's of arts from the University of Tennessee, a master 's of divinity from the Union Presbyterian Seminary, and a diploma in the art of spiritual direction from the San Francisco Theological Seminary.During her lifetime, she touched many people 's lives with her knowledge and faith as a teacher, minister and spiritual counselor. Her teaching career spanned two decades in the Virginia, Alabama and Arizona school systems. As a minister, she led her parish at Fairfield Presbyterian Church in Fairfield. And as a spiritual counselor, she practiced in Williamsburg, Virginia before her eventual retirement.She is survived by her loving husband Dr. Gary Allen Baggs, her son, David Hale Baggs and his wife Leigh Anne, her grandson Nathan Alexander Baggs, her sister Judith Ford Skillin, her brother Alfred Sterling Thomas and his wife Loretta, her sister Joyce Ford Keyser and her husband Dutch, her many nieces and nephews and their families, and her brother-in-law Nelson Leroy Baggs. She also joins her grandson Joshua Christopher Baggs in Heaven.Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 31, at Williamsburg Presbyterian Church, 215 Richmond Road, Williamsburg, VA, 23185. Following the service, the family will receive relatives and friends at Stevenson Hall at the Church. In lieu of flowers, the family encourages memorial donations to the Alzheimer 's Association, whose mission is to eliminate Alzheimer 's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care for all afflicted; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Donations can be made via the internet at www.alz.org, by phone (800) 272-3900, or by mail at Alzheimer 's Association, National Processing Center, PO Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090.Online condolences may be offered at www.nelsencares.com.
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JENNIFER GOFFJennifer Lynn Goff passed away Friday in her home in Staunton. She was 51 years old.Jennifer is survived by her husband, Michael Goff; her children, Cody McEniry and Chris and Jackie Goff; two sisters, Jill Jaroff and Susan Malfa; two brothers, Peter Jaroff and Nicholas Jaroff; three nieces and four nephews.Jennifer Lynn Jaroff was born in Detroit, Mich., on Nov. 19, 1963, the daughter of the late Leon and Claire Jaroff.Jennifer attended public schools in Ossining, N.Y., and graduated from New York Institute of Technology in 1985.Jen, as she was known to her friends, held a number of jobs in Staunton, including writing for the Staunton News Leader and working at The Depot and the Mill Street Tavern. With her husband Mike, she opened The Dining Room restaurant in 2003. The Goffs sold the restaurant in 2007. Jennifer continued to work as a marketing associate at Sysco, where she had worked since 1997.Jennifer had a keen wit, a razor-sharp intelligence and the kindest of hearts. Her ability to make an instant connection with people from all walks of life explains not only her great success in sales and the popularity of any bar she tended or restaurant she helped manage, but also the loyalty and love of her family and her many friends.She loved life, her family and friends, her dog and the beach. She loved parties and politics and music and movies and a tall glass of wine. She will be sorely missed by all.A memorial service was held Friday, Jan. 16, at the Henry Funeral Home.In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Southern Poverty Law Center or the American Cancer Society.Condolences may be sent to the family at www.henryfuneralhome.net.
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MILDRED ROWSEYMildred Virginia Clark Rowsey, 94, of Lexington went to be with our Lord on Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015. Mildred was born Sept. 8, 1920, in Collierstown, a daughter of the late Harvey and Piney Wilhelm Clark. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Roscoe Rowsey; four brothers, Ralph, Sherman, Lawrence and Edward Clark; and two sisters, Charlotte Clark and Ethel Clark Tyree. She is survived by one son, Michael L. Rowsey of Lexington. Also surviving are sisters Edith Haynes of Covington, Florence Hostetter of Lexington, Frances Hostetter of Natural Bridge, Shirley Bayne of Lexington, Alice Newcomb of Lexington, Alma Wines of Glasgow and Peggy Ford of Lexington. She was “Aunt Mil” to many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Mildred was “Granny” to her special young lady Kadence Tomlin (Daisy May) and “MOM” to special longtime friend Charlene Dunlap Sensabaugh.Mildred will best be remembered throughout her community for her dedication to the Effinger Fire Department. She was an honorary lifetime member of the Ladies Auxiliary. Mildred reigned as “Apple Cutter of the Year” for many years while helping Effinger make its award-winning apple butter. She was also honored as the oldest active Auxiliary member. To many she was simply known as “best biscuit maker.” Mildred was a lifetime honorary member of The Buffalo Trailriders. Since she never met a stranger, Mildred 's presence will be missed by all those whose lives she touched. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, at the Effinger firehouse. A private interment will be held.Memorial contributions may be made to the Effinger Fire Department in Mildred 's honor. Arrangements are by Harrison Funeral Home & Crematory.
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MARY ELLEN HAMILTONMary Ellen Sorrells Hamilton, 78, of Lexington died Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015, at her home.Born July 11, 1936, in Rockbridge County, she was a daughter of the late Ted R. Sorrells and Virginia Miller Sorrells. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Alfred Jackson “June” Hamilton Jr., and a brother, Mallory Sorrells. Mrs. Hamilton was a member of Oxford Presbyterian Church, and spent more than 25 years as a school bus driver for Rockbridge County Schools. Mary Ellen loved the outdoors, gardening, birds, and flowers. Surviving are her children, Lisa Hamilton Vassar and husband Chris of Lexington, and Larry Hamilton of Lexington; a sister, Gail S. White of Richmond; one grandchild, and three great-grandchildren. A graveside service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, at Oxford Presbyterian Cemetery with the Rev. Jim Bollinger and Rev. Doug Mitchell officiating. The family will receive friends from 4 to 6 p.m. today, Wednesday, Jan. 21, at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the SPCA, P.O. Box 528, Lexington, VA 24450, or to the Salvation Army, 115 S. Lexington Ave., Covington VA, 22426. Arrangements are by Harrison Funeral Home & Crematory.
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GLADYS COLLINSGladys Ginger Collins, 82, of Natural Bridge Station died Friday, Jan. 16, 2015, at home. Born Oct. 16, 1932, in Rockbridge County, she was a daughter of the late Warren and Ethel Mae Powell Ginger. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence Edward Collins; a son, Larry Collins; brother, George W. Ginger; and a sister, Evelyn G. Rogers. Surviving are a brother, Charles M. Ginger of Natural Bridge Station; two sisters, Edna G. Robinson of Lexington and Minnie G. Garrett of Lynchburg; two sisters-in-law, Kay C. Ginger and Jean C. Wines; and numerous nieces and nephews.A funeral service was held Tuesday, Jan. 20, at Harrison Funeral Chapel with Pastor Larry Lambert officiating. Burial followed in Glasgow Cemetery.
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