June 16, 1943- March 15, 2020
BICKLEY, Virginia “Ginny” Florence Watkins, 76, of Louisa, VA, passed away peacefully Sunday, March 15, 2020.
She was born June 16, 1943 in Louisa County, VA and graduated from Longwood College proudly earning a teaching degree after starting a family. She taught in the Goochland and Louisa County School systems having a positive influence on many students. She continued her educational service by representing Louisa County on the Piedmont Community College Board. Over many years she enjoyed a full life with roles in social sororities, cooking and hosting large meals for family and friends, finding great antique deals, activities in her church, growing her favorite flowers, and satisfying her love of travel across the country and abroad. Above all these, her greatest accomplishment was the love she had for her family. Her family will deeply miss her strength, wisdom and unique idioms that made one smile.
She is survived by her husband, Harvey Bickley; her son, David Andrews (Anitra); daughter Sandra Hall (John) of Richmond, VA; daughter Elizabeth Still (Joel) of San Antonio, TX, daughter Penny Amir (Kamilo) of Chevy Chase, MD; her beloved grandchildren, Graham Andrews, Emma, John Wesley IV, and Stuart Hall, Forrest Still, and Alexander and Rosalina Amir. Ginny bravely faced Parkinson’s disease in her later years never allowing it to define her, impede her life’s activities, or live independently. She always had a smile for caregivers and visitors. Her family wishes to thank the extraordinary care of Dr. Kathryn Holloway, Dr. Matthew Boyce, Alex Feria and all wonderful nurses and staff.
A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18 at Woodward Funeral Home, Louisa, VA. Burial will be immediately after at Hillcrest Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to The Parkinson’s Foundation (http://www.parkinson.org/.) or Macedonia United Methodist Church, 17 Byrd Mill Rd, Louisa, VA 23093.
Sandra, I’m so sorry for your loss. I know Ginny will be missed by family and friends.
Love, Bert Gearhart
Sandra, I am so sorry to hear this. Ginny was a lovely lady. Please give my love to Elizabeth and Penny ( they won’t remember me but I often think of them) And you and David.
Our sincere condolences to Harvey and the entire family. Although we didn’t have the pleasure to have known her for long time, we are grateful for giving us her wonderful daughter Penny, whom we love very much and who is a very special member of our family. For this we will be forever grateful and she will always be remembered.
David and Sandra,
I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
Love to both you and your whole family.
Sandra, I’m so saddened to hear of your loss. What a legacy your mother has left behind. I love you and will be praying for all 9f your family.
My heart aches for you and your family at this difficult time. Your mother was beautiful on both the inside and out. I will cherish all my wonderful memories with her at your house as a teenager. She always had a smile on her face and made me feel so welcomed. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
She was a great lady. Harvey rest assure that you took care of her up to her last days RIP Jenny you will be missed by so many prayers for comfort and peace to all that knew and loved her!
Dear Sandra and David,
Your mom had warm and genuine qualities about her that will always be a treasure to me. She had many gifts and always had something so insightful to say. Her words of wisdom were always impactful especially when we were young and naive and so needed her gentle guidance.
Ginny was a good friend to me at Trevilians Elementary and we had some good times together. I am sorry for your loss. I will always remember her for her kindness, generosity and love for her students.
Virginia’s family, I first met Virginia when her mother married Coles Hartley; who lived on the adjoining farm. Her mother would often make ice cream and bring it out side for everyone to turn the crank. Virginia was always one whose smile and kind words made it easy to get to know her. I know her passing has left a large hole in your family, but then, I know that she also made your lives greater and you will have fond memories for years to come. Louisa County children, that she taught, have also been blessed by her. Our sympathy to all of Virginia’s family.