IRVINGTON—Virginia Bruns “Ginny” Marshall, a resident of Irvington and White Stone, was born in New Orleans on November 19, 1935, to James Henry Bruns and Harriet Butler Bruns. Ginny died on December 22, 2018, in Irvington.
She was preceded in death by her devoted husband, Samuel Wilson “Sam” Marshall III.
She is survived by daughter, Anne Marshall and her husband, Bruce Mobarry, of Moscow, Idaho; daughter, Frances Marshall and her husband, David Prawdzik, of Estes Park, Colo.; and son, James Marshall of Berkeley, Calif. In addition, there are Frances’ four children Timothy Marshall, Amy (Marshall) Crawford, Nathan Marshall and Kevin Marshall. Ginny was without siblings but had many first cousins on both sides.
She grew up in New Orleans and in West Feliciana Parish, La, with her grandmother and her cousins where she enjoyed the country and especially horseback riding. Upon graduation from Newman School in New Orleans, she entered Hollins College and met her future husband.
Subsequently she took her second year at Sophie Newcomb College in New Orleans where she made her debut and was maid in Comus and other Mardi Gras Krewes. Shortly afterward, in 1956, she and Sam were married and he entered the Air Force for pilot training.
After Sam’s release from the Air Force they moved to Houston for one year and then to New Orleans for Sam’s graduate schooling. Sam’s career took them to Ft. Collins, Colo.; Alexandria; Slidell, La.; Virginia Beach; Hamilton; and finally to White Stone.
While in Alexandria, they had discovered Lancaster County and built a cottage on Fleets Bay in 1975 where they enjoyed many weekends and summers. They moved to a new home in White Stone in 1988 where they lived together until Sam passed away in 2016 and Ginny moved to Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury in Irvington.
Ginny had a lifelong love of animals, especially dogs, and in horseback riding. She participated with various social groups including the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America and in volunteering at Gunston Hall, the Herman-Grima historic house in New Orleans, Historic Christ Church and the Lancaster Community Library. She was an avid reader with a sharp literary memory and a quick wit.
A funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, February 23, at Grace Church in St. Francisville, La.