Beloved Mother, Cherished Grandmother "Grammy" and FriendVirginia “Ginny” Gwaltney died peacefully with friends and family in the NHC Place Cool Spring Nursing home in Franklin, TN on March 15th at the age of 75 after a long battle with breast cancer.
Virginia is survived by her Son Grayson Gwaltney (43), Grandchildren Easton Gwaltney (4) & Addison Gwaltney (4) and Daughter in Law Kristin Gwaltney (44). She is preceded in death by her Father Raymond Pasco Gwaltney Sr, Mother Katherine June Gwaltney, Brothers Raymond Pasco Gwaltney Jr & Joseph “Buddy” Gordon Nevin.
Virginia was born in Nashville, TN on November 6, 1942 to Raymond Pasco Gwaltney and Katherine June Gwaltney. Her parents moved their family to Fort Myers Florida when she was very young. She spent her childhood on the water swimming, drifting & skiing with her brothers and friends from sunup to sundown. She was twice the captain of her high school swim team and graduated high school with Honors in 1960. She attended the University of Florida in 1960 and later moved to Atlanta, GA with several of her friends to try out big city living. She quickly landed a job with Clairol which started a 12 year career as a Glamour Girl with 5 different cosmetic companies. She logged over 1 million miles traveling to every major city in the US and then some and a few in Europe attending promotional parties and doing interviews for television, radio and newspapers. After her son was born in 1974 she ended that career and moved back home to Fort Myers. For the next 18 years she dedicated most of her life to raising her son. She was an amazingly dedicated mother, father, provider, soccer coach and friend. She was an avid sports fan who founded the panther pack soccer club and brought AAU Junior Olympic Soccer to the state of Florida. She twice fielded a soccer team that won an AAU Junior Olympic National Championship. At the age of 58 she competed in the Senior Olympics and won 14 medals - 11 of them Gold. Later in life she built upon a 20 year career in the Medicare industry by becoming a judicial hearing officer for Cigna until 2007 when she retired.
She was a lifelong friend to many spanning 65 years. She had extreme compassion for all animals big and small. She loved writing songs, playing the guitar and harmonica. She was extremely intelligent and was member of Mensa, the international high IQ society, for 40 years. She was clever, witty, and outright most hysterically funny person those who knew her were ever exposed to. She adored her daughter in law, Kristin Gwaltney whom she considered a daughter, and her 2 grandchildren. They brought her the most joy in her last years.
The world is less kind, less intelligent, less witty and less compassionate without her.
She will forever be in our hearts.