Virginia Lee “Ginny” Fleming, 91, was promoted to her eternal reward in the ultimate Paradise on May 29, 2018. She was born in New London, CT on June 28, 1926 to parents Ellery & Isabel Edwards. Ginny was a wonderful daughter, wife, sister, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, friend and mentor. Our profound loss is Heaven’s gain! We have the confidence of knowing that she is presently with her Lord Jesus Christ, her family, and the many, many friends who preceded her.
Ginny met her late husband, William James “Bill” Fleming in New London and they were married on October 4, 1942. With Bill’s career with the Navy, the family moved many times before eventually settling in Chula Vista, CA. The family was active in the life of Chula Vista First United Methodist Church, especially in music ministry. In 1972 Ginny founded the first handbell choir there and went on to be a national influence for handbell musicianship. In 2003, Ginny was awarded the Honorary Life Membership in The Handbell Musicians of America (formerly the AGEHR). In recent years, she started and arranged for a handchime instrument choir at Paradise Village Retirement Community. It was divine providence that the afternoon following her passing, a handbell ensemble rang a brief concert at her final residence, Parkview Memory Care, in National City; some of the members of that ensemble had been initially taught to ring handbells by her.
Her interest in handbells was preceded by a lifetime as a professional percussionist, while still serving as a domestic engineer. She was best known for her lifelong love for the xylophone, performing on the radio as a young girl and with the Portland, ME Symphony. More than her performance, her musical legacy is noteworthy for her support and encouragement of musicians form very young to very old, be it bell choirs, percussion accompaniment, marching bands or choral groups.
Ginny loved music, sewing, knitting, cross-stitch, cooking, and making puzzles
She was mother to three boys, the late William James “Bill” Fleming, Jr., John Ellery Skip” Fleming of Rifle, Colorado, and Jeffrey Paul “Jeff” Fleming of San Diego.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Bill, as well as her first son, Bill, Jr. She is survived by her sister, Cherron Faulkner, of New Hampshire, her son Skip and his wife Denise, her son Jeff and his wife, Rhonda, four grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. She is loved by many cousins, nephews and nieces, as well as many who she served as a mother figure. The care for her from musicians around the world is incalculable.
You are invited to remember the gift from God that she was to all of us, mourn her physical absence from us, and conclude our season of mourning with a grand musical celebration of her life on Saturday, June 30th at 2:00 at the First United Methodist Church in Chula Vista, with a reception at the church, to follow.
At Ginny’s request, her ashes will be spread offshore of the famous Nubble Lighthouse in York, ME, in a private family ceremony.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Donald E. Allured Original Composition Award Fund at https://www.z2systems.com/np/clients/agehr/donation.jsp… to continue her musical legacy in the area of handbells, which she loved so much.
Celebration of Life
- Date: June 30, 2018
- Time: 2:00pm
- Location: First United Methodist Church Chula Vista
- Address: 1200 E H Street Chula Vista, CA 91910
- Directions: First United Methodist Church Chula Vista
Barbara Talbert on June 19, 2018