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Virginia B. Witmer

Posted By DeBord-Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory On December 18, 2013 @ 12:03 pm In Obituaries | 7 Comments

Virginia B. Witmer, 86, of 1300 Valley Road, died Monday at home after a courageous thirty-year battle with Parkinson’s disease.  A community volunteer, she especially enjoyed serving children.  For over two decades of service to the Lancaster community, Ginny received the New Era Red Rose Award for her volunteer efforts.

At the Lancaster Day Care Center, Ginny was made a lifetime honorary board member and the welcome center is named for her.  She was a member of the boards of the Demuth Foundation, the Rock Ford Foundation, and the Manos House.  She was also a past president of the Lancaster Junior League.

At the Boys & Girls Club of Lancaster she helped with Toys for Tots and read to children who affectionately called her “the book lady.”  She cooked thousands of cookies for the club and was a member of the club’s Dutch Uncles and Great Aunts Foundation.  Ginny was recognized by the Boys & Girls Club of Lancaster as the volunteer of the year and subsequently was made an honorary board member.

Ginny was an active member of St. James Episcopal Church.  She enjoyed playing tennis and golf for many years.  Friends and family were incredibly important to her.  Ginny was an ardent fan of chocolate, lobster, antique auctions, parties, Chinese checkers with her grandchildren, jazz, Winston Churchill and Colin Powell.

She was a graduate of Dana Hall School in Wellesley, Massachusetts and Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts.  Born on July 5, 1927, she was the daughter of Virginia P. Backstrand and William E. Biggers.  She also was close to her stepfather Clifford J. Backstrand.  Ginny is survived by her children, two sons, Richard H. Jr. married to Jean Hudson Witmer of Greenwich, CT and Charles H. married to Meryl Buchanan Witmer of North Palm Beach, FL; two daughters, Virginia H. W. married to the Rev. Edward O. Miller, Jr. of McLean, VA and Julia Witmer Holland of Mountville, PA and nine grandchildren: Bart, Caroline, Jeannie, Andrew, Ian, Ted, Chris, David, and Alex.

She is preceded in death by two sisters, June Biggers Old and Betty Biggers Vaughn, and a granddaughter, Virginia Provost Holland.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the funeral service at St. James Episcopal Church on the corner of Orange and Duke Streets, Lancaster, PA on Saturday at 11:00 AM with the Rev. Edward O. Miller, Jr. and the Rev. David W. Peck officiating.  The family will receive friends in the church chapel on Saturday from 10:00-11:00 AM.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Lancaster Day Care Center at 150 South Queen Street, Lancaster, PA 17603 or Music for Everyone at 42 North Prince Street, Lancaster, PA 17603.


Condolences for the family of “Virginia B. Witmer”

Condolence from Harold and Nancy Jordan on December 19th, 2013 7:07 am

We are so sorry for your lose. Your mother was a beautiful, generous woman. Ginny was one of the most graceful and fun women we have ever met. She did so much for her community and asked so little in return. She totally influenced both Harold and my careers by serving on both of our boards, Mano’s and the Lancaster Day Care Center.

Condolence from Robert LeMin on December 19th, 2013 7:42 am

Ginny was a class act. I got to know her through her efforts for The Demuth Museum and her interest in art & antiques. Her wisdom, contributions & spirit of friendship helped make Lancaster a better place.

Condolence from Michelle Shenk on December 19th, 2013 7:14 pm

Ginny was a long time hair client and quickly became a source of wisdom, great advice and friendship. I enjoyed her weekly visits to the salon and I can only aspire to be as kind and generous as she was. We shared a lot of laughs and had some great conversations… A very classy and beautiful lady both inside and out! My condolences to the family. It was clear that you all were her pride and joy!

Condolence from Ann Pletcher on December 19th, 2013 9:09 pm

My sympathies to you, the family of Virginia witmer. I am a nurse at Pain Mgmt and so enjoyed every time mrs witmer had an appt with us. Wow what a special person, gracious, interesting and a true fighter. I also remember seeing family bringing her to the mansion auction last summer on president &marietta ave. there was just something special about her! From what I just read about her she will truly be missed by many…Sincerely,

Condolence from Rick Vaughn on December 20th, 2013 10:38 am

To my dear Aunt Ginny, who gave us all a clear sense of God’s purpose for us.. to love ..to serve..to live a life of gratitude and contentment. Thank you Aunt Ginny for the many years of joy and laughter that we all shared as a family at Winding Way.. all those many Holidays together. Your joy filled happiness and laughter live on, in each of us.. we love you so..! God’s peace.

Condolence from Noreen Wint and family on December 20th, 2013 6:27 pm

Ginny, ny dear and beloved friend, I dreamt about you two nights ago, although I haven’t seen you for over two years. Now why is that? It is because no matter how much distance there was between us, when we got to see each other every so often, it was lovely all over again. You , dear Ginny, Ginger and Ed were our strength when our young son Frank was diagnosed with cancer until he died. You had grace, beauty, and a tender heart…. (and you loved purple and pink…just like me!). I will not forget you my beloved friend. Your great spirit will heal our hearts on this December day, and will shine on, one with the stars.
Noreen Wint and family, Colorado.

Condolence from Linda (Schmitt) Peffer on January 8th, 2014 10:32 am

To Ginny Witmer’s family:
I wish to express my heartfelt condolences. Your mother was a wonderful friend to my mother during their time living at Hershey Heritage Village. My mother’s name (she is deceased) is Mary Jane Schmitt, and she appreciated very much spending time with Ginny when they lived at HHV and afterward, when your mother both kept in touch with and visited my mother. My memories of your mother are of a woman who was kind, loving, and caring about those whose lives she touched.

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