Virginia Wilcox died quietly on February 18, 2016, at the age of 91. Ginny was born in Detroit on March 15, 1924 to John and Anne Hotka, Romanian immigrants. She grew up in Detroit, and fell in love with a handsome guy who flirted with her at the produce shop where she worked after school. She and Alfred Wilcox were married in 1942, on the brink of World War II, in the middle of her senior year of high school. She was 17 and he was 18. When she brought home her report card, Al said he had never seen a report with all A’s. Al enlisted in the Navy and they were thrust into a new life. In 1943 she survived one of the early corrective surgeries for patent ductus, a congenital heart defect. After the war, Ginny and Al settled in Columbus, Ohio to start their family. In 1956 they returned to Detroit, and in 2004, they moved to the Croasdaile Village Retirement Community in Durham. Like many women of her generation, Ginny’s life revolved around home and family. She managed household finances and did the income taxes, made clothes for her children, and served in the PTA. Books and reading were a large part of family life. There were weekly trips to the public library, where every family member had a library card. She was an intense bridge player and enthusiastic gardener. In her 60s, she took up painting and pastel drawing, making surprisingly accomplished, evocative work. When Al retired early to start a second career as a consultant, Ginny ran the office, wrote the correspondence and kept the books. When Al acquired a pilot’s license and a small airplane, she gamely overcame her fear of flying and became his navigator on many a cross-continental trip. They celebrated 68 years of marriage before his death in 2010. She is survived by her sons Allen (wife Claire) of Durham and Ronald (wife Marian) of Tucson, Arizona, and daughter Susan Wolf of The Dalles, Oregon. She was dear grandma to Tawnya Burton, Lauren Puchowski, Joseph Wilcox, April Crosland, Clayton Wolf, Heather Beck, Sean Wilcox, and Valorie Williams. She had 13 great-grandchildren. Ginny was gentle, funny, warm, elegant, and game for life's adventures. Her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren are grateful to have had her in their lives for so many years. Memorial contributions can be made to the National Children’s Oral Health Foundation. A private memorial service will be held at a later date.