Virginia (Ginny) Fleetwood McGinnis died Friday, Aug. 18, 2006, at Holmgreen Center of Trinity Towers in Corpus Christi after a four-month illness. Formerly of Clovis, N.M., she had been living with her daughter, Mary (Roger) Goodwin, in Port Aransas, since January. She was 91.
McGinnis first visited Port Aransas in 1923, and this became the favorite yearly vacation spot for her and her siblings' families.
B o r n i n P h i l a d e l p h i a , Penn., on May 10, 1915, to Roy and Rachael Neal, she was the oldest of three children. Her family moved to Haskell, and then to Plainview, where she graduated from high school. She married Fred McGinnis on Oct. 31, 1935, and they were married for 67 years.
In 1936, she and her husband moved to Clovis, and in 1950, they started Fred McGinnis Co., a real estate and insurance company. She headed the insurance department until she retired.
McGinnis was a member of First United Methodist Church where she was superintendent of the junior department for 25 years. She joined the Women's Bible Class and served as president. She was a Friend of the Library and active in the formation of the new library in Clovis.
McGinnis had three loves: learning, playing bridge and traveling. After her two children graduated from college, she attended Eastern New Mexico University, graduating magna cum laude.
She began playing bridge at age 13 and was a long time member of several bridge clubs.
McGinnis vacationed with her family throughout the United States and traveled to 15 countries.
She was also a talented seamstress, did needlework, painting, gardening and writing.
McGinnis published several children's stories based on her childhood.
Her son, Michael McGinnis; her husband, Fred McGinnis; and her brother, Roy Neal, Jr. of Lubbock, preceded her in death.
Survivors besides her daughter and son-in-law are three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren of Corpus Christi; a sister, Volna Newell of Clovis; six nephews and nieces; seven grand-nephews and nieces; and five great-grand nephews and nieces.
Memorial services will be held in the chapel at First United Methodist Church in Clovis on Wednesday, Aug. 30. Burial will be at Lawn Haven Memorial Garden in Clovis.