LEXINGTON, Ky. - Virginia Henry (Ginny) Kingsolver, 83, of Carlisle passed away peacefully in her home on July 1, 2013, after a long illness. She was born November 20, 1929 in Lexington, Ky, to A.R. and Nellie Henry, and graduated from Lafayette High School and the University of Ky.
She had recently celebrated her 63rd wedding anniversary with her husband, Dr. Wendell R. Kingsolver, her sweetheart of 70 years. She worked with him to start his family medical practice in Carlisle, where they raised their family. Ginny and Wendell together loved the natural world, and loved to travel together to see new habitats as well as preserving habitat in Ky. Ginny was a lifelong birdwatcher, inspiring many young birders, and served as president of the Ky Ornithological Society; she was also a board member of Ky chapters of The Nature Conservancy and the Sierra Club. She was a lifelong Girl Scout, and served as president of the Wilderness Road Girl Scout Council. Ginny and Wendell were among the founding members of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Carlisle, and she served as the choir director and the first woman elder in the church. Ginny supported volunteer efforts in and beyond her community. She was Director of Volunteer Services at the Nicholas County Hospital for 20 years, and
served for over a decade as president of the Nicholas County Development Corporation at Lake Carnico. She loved flowers, and seasonal visits to Sanibel Island.
Ginny said her most fulfilling work was her family life, and she delighted in her extended family and friendships. She was preceded in death by her dear sister Lenora Isenhour, and is survived by her brother John Henry. Ginny’s family, remembering her with love, includes her husband Wendell, her son Rob (Paula) Kingsolver, daughters Barbara (Steven Hopp) Kingsolver, Ann (Mark Whitaker) Kingsolver, and grandchildren Ashley Campbell, Drew (Breanna) Kingsolver, Camille (Reid Snow) Kingsolver, Lily Kingsolver, and David Whitaker.
There will be a viewing at Milward-Southland in Lexington on Wed., July 3, 2013, 5-7 PM. There will be another viewing 11 AM to 12 noon before the funeral at 12:30 PM in the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Carlisle on Fri., July 5, 2013. Private Interment will be in the Lexington Cemetery. Those who wish to make a donation in memory of Virginia Henry Kingsolver are invited to support some of her favorite organizations: Heifer International (www.heifer.org), the Public Broadcasting Service (www.pbs.org), and ECHO (Educational Concerns for Hunger Organization), www.echonet.org.
Services will be held at:
First Christian Church (Disciple of Christ)
100 Catherine St.
Carlisle, KY 40311
Service scheduled for Friday, July 5, 2013
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