In Memory

Virginia Fox

Virginia Fox

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01/22/09 01:47 AM #1    

Lori Hicks

I met Ginny Fox in the 8th grade at Nallwood. We got to be friends in Mr. Wilson's Latin class where we always got a giggle out of his admonishment--semper ubi sub ubi (always where under where). I don't think we ever had a class together at South but we ran into each other one day after high school and always kept in touch from then on. I always looked forward to her annual Christmas newsletters & family photos. She was such a sweet person and I still think of her often.

The following article appeared in The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN newspaper), Tuesday, December 10, 2002:

Ginny Haight gave her all to family, service

Virginia Valentine "Ginny" Haight of Germantown was dedicated to church, charity, and above all, family.

Mrs. Haight died Friday at Baptist Memorial Hospital - Memphis of complications from ovarian cancer. She was 41.

The week before she died, Mrs. Haight made sure those visiting her in the hospital were getting enough rest and enough to eat.

"Even in the hospital, she was trying to make everyone else feel better," said Mrs. Haight's friend Christina See. "She was always very positive that she was going to be in the minority to beat this. Even up until last week, she was still very positive."

Originally from Kansas City, Mo., Mrs. Haight graduated from Mercer University in 1983. In August of that year, she married her childhood sweetheart, Scott Kerr Haight.

When they moved to Memphis in 1986, Mrs. Haight began 16 years of dedication to local charitable organizations including St. George's Episcopal Church, St. George's Day School, Memphis Oral School for the Deaf, KidSave International and the Memphis Symphony League.

The Haights had two children, Betsey, 15 and Drew 14. In 2000, they adopted brothers Volodya, 16, and Aleks, 14, from Russia.

At St. George's, Mrs. Haight helped found the Sara Guild women's group and the No Excuses group for family fellowship and served on several other committees.

In 2001, Mrs. Haight was named president-elect of Subsidium, the fund-raising arm for the Oral School for the Deaf, but was forced to step down when she was diagnosed with cancer in November 2001.

"She meant a whole lot to a lot of people," said church friend Melinda Olinger. "She just had this incredible ability to bring out the best in people. She did nothing half-way."

Even with all her volunteer commitments, Mrs. Haight remained focused on her family.

"Ginny was entirely devoted to her family," See said. "She was devoted to family and her children and her friends."

In addition to her husband and children, Mrs. Haight leaves her mother, Marilyn Valentine Fox, and brother, Christopher Neal Fox, both of Germantown.

Memorial services will be at 1 p.m. today at St. George's Episcopal Church.

The family requests that memorials be sent to the Memphis Oral School for the Deaf, Wings Cancer Foundation or St. George's Episcopal Church.

02/25/09 10:41 PM #2    

Susan Galvin (Bartlett)

I too was in that Latin class and it was great fun! Ginny was a sweet girl and very caring.

07/14/09 09:51 PM #3    

Dana Yarick (Grigsby)

Ginny was one of my best friends in high school. She was even my maid of honor at my wedding and Scott was our best man. We kept in touch till about our 10th high school reunion and then lost contact after that. Raising families and life seem to have gotten in the way. I was living in Texas in 2002 and my mother told me of her passing. I was heart broken. I wish I could have said good bye and told her what a great friend she had been. I love you Ginny. Rest in peace.

Dana Yarick Grigsby

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