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Virginia “Ginny” E. Bailey

Posted By DeBord Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory On March 17, 2017 @ 2:28 pm In Obituaries | 49 Comments

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Virginia “Ginny” E. Bailey, 84, of Lancaster, died on March 14, 2017.  She was the loving wife of Kenwyn “Ken” F. Bailey, recently celebrating their 65th wedding anniversary.  Born in Lancaster, PA, she was the daughter of the late Jacob H. and Goldie I. (Lehman) Smith. 

Ginny graduated from Hempfield High School in 1950.  She worked for Armstrong Cork Company, Dr. Gerald Albright, and until her retirement, Hempfield High School, where she always exhibited school spirit and was known as “the voice of Hempfield.” 

She was a volunteer for the Amos Herr Foundation, the LGH Health Campus, and Woodcrest Villa.  In her spare time, she enjoyed writing poetry, creating stained glass sun-catchers, decorating and keeping in touch with her friends and former students on Facebook.  

In addition to her husband Ken, she is survived by her daughter Cherlynn Myers (wife of Rodney) and grandchildren, Benjamin Myers (husband to Jinky Renee), and Lauren Ressler (wife of Jesse). 

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend a Celebration of Life Service at Hempfield Church of the Brethren, 1186 Stevens St., Manheim, PA 17545 on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 11:00 AM.  Visitation will be held from 9:30 AM until the time of the service. The family requests that guests wear bright and vibrant colored outfits to honor Ginny.  Interment will be private in Hempfield Brethren Cemetery.  

Ginny wrote for her tombstone “I did die, thus here I lie.  You will too, so go and do.”  Contributions may be made in her memory to the house of worship or to support the arts of your choice. 


Condolences for the family of “Virginia “Ginny” E. Bailey”

Condolence from Joan Holliday on March 18th, 2017 10:39 am

So sorry for your loss.what a wonderful person . She was always smiling.

Condolence from Charlene Butzer on March 19th, 2017 10:56 am

Ginny was a wonderful person. She was always upbeat. I substituted for her at the Hempfield High School when she had a day off. She was always busy with a project
of some kind. My sincere sympathy to her husband and her daughter and family.

Condolence from Paul & Joanne Hewitt on March 18th, 2017 10:56 am

Kenwyn and Family
We were shocked and saddened to hear of Ginny’s passing and want to extend our deppest sympathy to you and your Family. The memories are many and special I’m sure and can be kept close to your heart for comfort at this stressful time. There is a special place reserved in Heaven for this wonderful lady who meant so much to so many. Please accept our sincere condolences.

Condolence from Patricia Brubaker on March 18th, 2017 11:29 am

Ginny touched so many lives in a positive and uplifting way. We are all blessed to have had her touch our lives. She will be greatly missed and greatly remembered. Many blessings and love as you celebrate her life.

Condolence from Andrea Bollman LeJeunr on March 18th, 2017 12:28 pm

So sorry for the loss!
Such a wonderful lady! Always made us smile at school! Condolences to my cousins on this loss…

Condolence from Christina Buu, HHS ’97 on March 18th, 2017 12:50 pm

My deepest sympathies to the family of Mrs. Bailey. She was a wonderful woman and a bright spirit. May her memories live with us always and remind us of her light.

Condolence from Melissa Byers on March 18th, 2017 1:09 pm

Ginny was love incarnate. Everyone who crossed her path was blessed to know her. A light like that will never dim, but will live on in those she touched. Much love to the family.

Condolence from Sandu Hess on March 18th, 2017 1:15 pm

I knew Ginny before she came to Woodcrest Villa. When I taught at Hempfield she was always there in the office ready to answer any of the students questions. She will be missed by many. What a fabulous lady!

Condolence from Peg Seibert on March 18th, 2017 1:30 pm

So sorry for your loss. Mrs. Bailey was such a nice lady and always proudly wore her school spirit for HHS.

Condolence from Brenda Behrens Broucht on March 18th, 2017 1:46 pm

Blessings to you all on the passing of an extraordinary woman!Her contagious enthusiasm for life will remain with all who were blessed to cross paths with Ginny! Rest In Peace,Ginny and God grant you all peace during this difficult time ❤️

Condolence from The Farnish Family on March 18th, 2017 2:07 pm

I have many fond memories of Ginny dancing her heart out on the stage at Hempfield Dance Theatre! Ginny’s smile and personality lit up the stage, and everyone loved her! As a HHS Alumni, I will never forget the wonderful memories she created. She will be in our hearts forever! My deepest condolences to the Bailey Family.

Condolence from The Farnish Family on March 18th, 2017 2:08 pm

I have many fond memories of Ginny dancing her heart out on the stage at Hempfield Dance Theatre! Ginny’s smile and personality lit up the stage, and everyone loved her! As a HHS Alumni, I will never forget the wonderful memories she created. She will be in our hearts forever! My deepest condolences to the Bailey Family.

Condolence from Tracy Artus on March 18th, 2017 2:21 pm

So sorry to see this today! Ginny was such a happy and wonderfully amazing person! Her enthusiasm for life was contagious!
Our sincere condolences to Cheryl and her family during this time.
Tracy Travelet Artus and family

Condolence from Barb Scheaffer on March 18th, 2017 2:32 pm

So sorry for your loss. She was a wonderful person and will be missed by all. Prayers and condolences to her family and friends.

Condolence from Sarah Pencheff on March 18th, 2017 2:42 pm

I graduated from HHS nearly 20 years ago, and Ginny has always lived in my memory for her warm heart and bright spirit. I fondly remember when she decided to join us in Dance Theatre. She was always such a delight to be around, and will be missed by the literally thousands of lives that she touched.

Condolence from Theresa Holton on March 18th, 2017 2:45 pm

Ginny was a woman of great joy and kindness and warmth. Her smile brightened anyone’s day no matter how tough it was. She touched the lives of thousands of kids and teachers throughout her years at Hempfield. As you grieve, you can rest assured that the angels are rejoicing that she is in heaven….where the celebrations will never end!

Condolence from Barbara A. Miller on March 18th, 2017 3:07 pm

I had the pleasure of seeing Ginny’s smile every morning when I walked through the door to start my teaching day at HHS. Her smile always brightened my day. It was hard not seeing that smile when she retired. But Ginny continued to make me smile with her postings on Facebook, especially with the “room with a view” pictures. I know she is smiling down on us!
My prayers and thought are with her family and all whose life she has touched!

Condolence from Karen K. Meck on March 18th, 2017 3:26 pm

Ginny touched everyone who knew her with her big beautiful smile and her loving heart and spirit. She had such an exuberant zest for life and was always so positive and cheerful. I was so richly blessed to have known her. I have so many memories to store in my heart from my many conversations with her. I am sure she is dancing with the angels. And now, she truly has a “room with a view,” for all of God’s beautiful sunrises and sunsets! She will be dearly missed! My thoughts and prayers are with you as you say “good-bye” to someone so special and so loved in your lives. May she live on in treasured memories in your hearts and spirits.

Condolence from Millie Hoffman and family on March 18th, 2017 3:26 pm

Ginny was a second Mom to my children and grandchildren at Hempfield High, and to so many others.She will be missed by all who knew her. With love.

Condolence from Phyllis Shelby on March 18th, 2017 4:01 pm

She was always so kind. She will be truly missed.

Condolence from Louise Ayars Barden on March 18th, 2017 4:10 pm

A very special woman touched the lives and hearts of so many of us. So sorry for your loss of Mrs. Bailey. Blessed peace.

Condolence from Jeanie Witmer on March 18th, 2017 6:05 pm

Ginny was my friend and neighbor .She was the first person I met when I moved into my apartment.. I’ve spend some fun times with her here at Woodcrest especially the walks we used to take in the mornings and she always had her camera ready . I’ll never forget the night I locked myself out of the building and I called her to let me in. Ginny and Ken both met me at the elevator in their pajamas and slippers. Ginny was my taste tester when I tried out new recipes. I will miss Ginny but I know she is now pain free and in a much better place.

Condolence from Jody Buterbaugh and (Morgan HHS Class of 2012) on March 18th, 2017 6:39 pm

I was away when I received the sad news of Ginny’s passing. I am so very sorry for your loss. I just saw her at Woodcrest Villa while on a visit for one of my family members who will be moving there. She had a bright pink jacket on with a smile that lit up the room. Greeted me with a big hug and invited us to come see her apartment.
She was a special lady and I will always remember her when she danced at the Hempfield Dance Theatre. She was so happy and I was thrilled when I introduced my family member to her. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

Condolence from Deb Bendit on March 18th, 2017 6:59 pm

How blessed we all are to have known Ginny! Positive, joyful and kind…always an inspiration and just a lovely lady. We continue to pray for all who love her and miss her.

Condolence from She was so talented and a friend to all God bless. on March 18th, 2017 8:28 pm

So sorry for your loss Cheryl and the whole family. I’ve known Ginny forever. Always remember the good memories that you have. She was so talented and a friend to all God bless.

Condolence from Nancy Smith on March 18th, 2017 8:31 pm

So sorry for your loss Cheryl and the whole family. I’ve known Ginny forever. Always remember the good memories that you have. She was so talented and a friend to all . God bless.

Condolence from Christina Lopez on March 18th, 2017 8:47 pm

I will forever remember her and her voice. She always put a smile on the faces of the students when sometimes the days were just to long. I am so very sorry for you loss.

Condolence from Donna Russell on March 18th, 2017 10:36 pm

Ginny brought smiles and joy to so many people. From the office at HHS, to the HHS Performing Arts Center, to the LGH Campus, to her own doctor’s office, she was loved. I will miss her.
Deepest sympathy to her family.

Condolence from John & Kim Shenk on March 19th, 2017 8:38 am

Still in shock. Ginny was such a faithful and lovely neighbor with Ken for 32 years. We will miss you dearly. May the Lord be with you! R I P Ginny, with ❤️ Love, John & Kim

Condolence from Barb Still on March 19th, 2017 9:32 am

Thank you for you!
Lots of Love from the Still Family

Condolence from Allison Galie (HHS Class of 2004) on March 19th, 2017 11:20 am

What a lovely & lively woman Mrs Bailey was! May she shine bright always. Condolences to the family, she will truly be missed ❤

Condolence from Robert E.(Gene) Rohrer on March 19th, 2017 12:33 pm


We were sadden to hear about Ginny, Fond memories of Ginny from both of us.
You were my barber until we moved to Cape May, N.J. I miss our conversations.

Gene and Sandy Rohrer

Condolence from Denise Farmer on March 19th, 2017 1:29 pm

I would like to express my deepest sympathy to the Bailey family. Ginny was a beautiful woman with an inner beauty that shinned through all she did for others. God has called home another Angel, Ginny.

Mrs. Denise Farmer
Guest Services Representative
Lancaster General Health Campus

Condolence from Tara Etzweiler on March 19th, 2017 1:40 pm

What a very special blessing to have known Ginny. She added “sparkle” to many teenage students and parents, as the lady with a huge smile and friendly welcome. We are all saddened by your loss, but we also know she is still dancing, singing, and writing poems with her Lord.
Ken thank you for sharing a small part of a great person and friend.
Our thoughts and prayers will be with you and your family.

Tara, Dale, Abbey & Steve Oatman, Ellen and Kyle Wimer, and Natalie Etzweiler

Condolence from Jackie Sandblade on March 19th, 2017 2:49 pm

We so enjoyed Ginny and her husband here at Woodcrest. She will be greatly missed.
Fellow residents, Eric and Jackie Sandblade

Condolence from Kim (Hewitt) Keiser on March 19th, 2017 3:24 pm

So sorry to hear of your loss. Ginny was a great and caring lady. Please accept our deepest condolences. You are in our hearts and prayers. Take care of each other.
Darryl and Kim (Hewitt) Keiser

Condolence from Mike Still on March 20th, 2017 1:09 am

Ginny, we love you.

Your smiling face greeted so many excited, scared, sad and happy students at Hempfield and made each of their days better. You embodied “welcome.”

What a lovely spirit, I’m so grateful for the time I got to spend with you, thank you for your time with us.


Condolence from Joel and Diane Mumma on March 20th, 2017 6:43 am

Dear Mr. Bailey, Cherl, Rod, Ben, and Lauren,
It was a genuine privilege to grow up next door to the Baileys. Mrs. Bailey was a sweet lady, always smiling and hospitable. I still remember her inviting the neighborhood to Vacation Bible School and a whole bunch of us kids excitedly piling into her car. She was a big part of the warmth and stability of my childhood. We are so sorry for your loss.
— Joel and Diane Mumma

Condolence from Elizabeth Hershey on March 20th, 2017 10:29 am

I was so sorry to hear of your loss. I knew Ginny for most of my life. First, through my father, Jack Deaner, who taught at Hempfield and then I had the privilege of working with her at Hempfield. My father used to take me to visit her whenever I helped him with his classroom. She always had something special to say to me as a little girl and most times something to give to me. Her smile was always a great way to start my day at Hempfield when I was later hired as a teacher. I remember all the energy she put into celebrating our veterans by developing a great display for them. Ben and Lauren, your grandmother’s generous and kind spirit certainly was shown through you and will continue to shine through you. Please accept my sympathy for your loss. I know that she is dancing happily in heaven and watching over you.

Condolence from Rosanne Selfon on March 20th, 2017 10:38 am

Ginny’s constant smile, happy nature and her ability to listen to everyone endeared her to HHS parents and students. Whenever I was in school to substitute, Ginny and I would talk together about family and life in general. She was wise and thoughtful and so much fun. I loved her role in Dance Theater – she had fun and everyone around her had fun watching her. She always smiled…that is what I will remember the most…along with her gorgeous sunrise and sunset pictures on FB. May she rest in peace and be remembered with joy and love.

Condolence from Lesley McCurdy on March 20th, 2017 12:24 pm

Ken & Cherl,
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Ginny! I Still can’t believe the news!
My sincerest sympathy to you both for your loss.
She will be greatly missed by so many!

Condolence from Douglas Webb on March 20th, 2017 9:19 pm

Mr. Bailey, Cherl, Rod, Ben, and Lauren,

With a deep sense of sorrow and a profound sense of loss, I need to express and ask that you please accept my most sincere condolences on the sad occasion of Ginny’s passing. For thirty-five years, I was welcomed to school many mornings with Ginny’s bright smile and cheerful greeting, and I departed school on many evenings with her optimistic best wishes and encouragement. She truly was “the voice of Hempfield.” In so many ways, she was the heart and spirit of Hempfield as well. She taught with the knowledge, skill, and expertise of the best teacher. She counseled with the mindful compassion, and thoughtfulness of the best guidance counselor. She mentored, modeled, guided, and advised like the best coach. She was as learned, as wise, and as respected as the best principal. She was as open to learning, as eager to learn, as eager to share, as spontaneous, as energetic, and as enthusiastic as the best student. She was happy. She made me happy. She made everyone happy. I loved her and I will miss her. I pray that your memories, that your awareness of the imprint that she left on so very many lives, and that your experience of her legacy of service will to some small degree assuage the grief of her passing. Ginny Bailey will continue to endure in my memory and in the memory of those whose lives her spirit touched. We are diminished by her loss…

Condolence from Gladys Drybred on March 21st, 2017 10:15 am

My sincere sympathy. Ginny was truly loved by all those who knew her. The students she loved which spanned generations will always remember her . I didn’t know her well but thought I did because of my daughters and granddaughters. She might not have been a teacher but her presence gave friendship and love where needed.

Condolence from linda miller on March 21st, 2017 4:23 pm

To All,
“Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some stay for a while, leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never, ever the same. ”–Flavia Weedn
Ginny was one of those “people” to me. Boot Scootin’ Boogie in Dance theater where we shared the Hempfield stage, a trip to the Franklin office to hear her positive words, advice and remarks, a comical, endearing conversation about the black cat on her window sill that she fed, a chat about orange creamsicles-her favorite beverage, her majestic pictures from her most recent home, a hug when she knew I needed one and and her amazing spirit. She touched my life as she has touched others. May your fond memories comfort you as they do me. I will miss Ginny however she is etched in my heart forever. Peace to all!

Condolence from Nan Rush on March 21st, 2017 10:50 pm

I had the joy to know Ginny at Woodcrest Villa. I cherish the many special memories of her special sparkle to so many events. My condolences to all.
Nan Rush

Condolence from Judy Herr on March 23rd, 2017 10:14 am

Ginny was an inspiration to anyone that met her. She found a stray mutt dog in Salunga and had no rest until we took this poor dog in. We had that wonderful dog for 10 years. She and her pictures of the beautiful sunrises will be missed. She touched so many lives and hearts and it was a privilege to have known her all these years. God Bless you and your family.

Condolence from Shirley H. Ranck on March 23rd, 2017 10:40 am

To Ginny S. Bailey’s family,

Please accept my sincere condolences on the death of Ginny, wife and Mother.

It is sad to learn that one more member of the EHHS class of 1950 has passed away.

Fellow Classmate, Shirley Habecker Ranck

Condolence from Jane Gamble on March 25th, 2017 8:37 am

Woodcrest Villa lost Ginny’s daily sunshine, and heaven gained an angel. How lucky I am to have known her and called her friend. May your memories with her warm your heart. My deepest condolences-she was one special lady.

Condolence from Matt on September 9th, 2020 7:23 pm

Simply one of the nicest, most lovable individuals anyone could encounter. Heart of gold.

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