Hansen-Spear Funeral Home – Quincy, Illinois

Virginia “Ginny” Ward

Virginia “Ginie” Rose Ward, age 78, of Quincy, died Thursday, January 11, 2018, at 12:42 pm in Sunset Home.

Virginia Ward | Hansen-Spear Funeral Home - Quincy, ILVirginia was born September 3, 1939 in Quincy, Illinois, the daughter of Edgar Earl and Dorothy Lillian Cox Williams. She married Larry Ward on June 20, 1959 in Quincy. He survives.

Ginie was a 1957 graduate of Quincy High School. For most of her life she was employed as a secretary for various businesses around Quincy, including Moorman Manufacturing and Gardner-Denver. In recent years, she had been employed as the head cook at Cheryl Loatsch Studios in Quincy.

Ginie will always be remembered for her impeccable style and sense of fashion. Ginie enjoyed crafting in her spare time. Her interest in art and crafts was very broad, and she excelled in any avenue at which she tried her hand, whether it was knitting and crocheting or making jewelry and stained glass. She also enjoyed sharing her creations with family and friends, and she even made lap Afghans for the residents of the Illinois Veterans’ Home. Ginie was also a dog lover, who owned many dogs in her life. She was a member of Payson United Methodist Church.

In addition to her husband, Larry, survivors include: a sister, Patricia S. Wemhoner of Quincy, IL; a brother, John (Joleen) Williams of Quincy, IL; two brothers-in-law, Ronald (Shelbia) Ward of Mendon, IL and Ruben Saltares of Puerto Rico; two sisters-in-law, Marilyn Monroe of Heyworth, IL and Dorothy L. Williams of Quincy; several nieces and nephews; and a very special friend, Lynn Bubb.

Virginia was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Marianne Saltares, and a brother, Eddie L. Williams

Services: 10:00 am Monday, January 15, 2018 at Hansen-Spear Funeral Home, with Rev. Anelle Ruemmler officiating.

Burial: Payson New Cemetery, Payson, Illinois

Visitation: 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm, Sunday January 14, 2018 at Hansen-Spear Funeral Home

Memorials: Blessing Cancer Center


Hansen-Spear Funeral Directors are in charge of the arrangements.

  1. So sorry to hear of Ginie’s passing. We went to Irving elementary school together, along with Junior High School and Quincy High School. I remember her as being fun loving with ton’s of energy, and a great pal and cute as a bug when we were kids at Irving.

  2. Uncle Larry I am very sorry for the loss of Aunt Ginie, I have such awesome childhood memories of her! I remember as child I thought she was so beautiful and how she was always the first one to start dishes so you all could start playing cards with Grandma Hamilton and Grandpa Hamilton! You all had such fun! I remember when she was taking a belly dancing course and I thought that was so cool! I am truly sorry I could not come for the funeral! She was a wonderful lady and was not afraid to try anything! She will be missed and know that I love you and Aunt Ginie very much! Love Tina Marie Monroe!

  3. Larry, so sorry to hear of Ginie’s passing. She, Pat and I had many interesting and fun conversations waiting for our water exercises to start. She was a stylish lady. Thoughts and prayers are with you and all her family.

  4. Larry, dear friend and classmate, you have my utmost sympathy on Ginnie’s death. She was one sweet, lovable lady and always met you with that wonderful smile. Your memories of fun times together will help you through this sad time in your life. May God wrap you in His loving arms of comfort and peace at this time. Rosemary

  5. So sorry to hear of your loss. Didn’t know Ginie until recently, but found her to be a wonderful lady. Your whole family will be in our prayers.

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