The Reverend Jeannette Ford Baggs passed away Friday, January 9, 2015 after a nearly decade-long battle with Alzheimer’s disease, which she fought with great courage, dignity and grace. She was 77 years of age.
Born in Oxford, North Carolina, Reverend Baggs also lived in Virginia, Tennessee, Alabama, and Arizona, before retiring in Williamsburg, Virginia. Over the years, she enjoyed traveling throughout the United States and abroad, playing bridge, reading and learning new things, and spending time with friends and her loving family.
She graduated from Petersburg High School in Petersburg, Virginia in 1955, and went on to earn a bachelor’s of science in psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University, a master’s of arts from the University of Tennessee, a master’s of divinity from the Union Presbyterian Seminary, and a diploma in the art of spiritual direction from the San Francisco Theological Seminary.
During her lifetime, she touched many people’s lives with her knowledge and faith as a teacher, minister and spiritual counselor. Her teaching career spanned two decades in the Virginia, Alabama and Arizona school systems. As a minister, she led her parish at Fairfield Presbyterian Church in Fairfield, Virginia. And as a spiritual counselor, she practiced in Williamsburg, Virginia before her eventual retirement.
She is survived by her loving husband Doctor Gary Allen Baggs, her son David Hale Baggs and his wife Leigh Anne, her grandson Nathan Alexander Baggs, her sister Judith Ford Skillin, her brother Alfred Sterling Thomas and his wife Loretta, her sister Joyce Ford Keyser and her husband Dutch, her many nieces and nephews and their families, and her brother-in-law Nelson Leroy Baggs. She also joins her grandson Joshua Christopher Baggs in Heaven.
Memorial services will be held at 1:00PM on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at Williamsburg Presbyterian Church, 215 Richmond Road, Williamsburg, VA, 23185. Following the service, the family will receive relatives and friends at Stevenson Hall at the Church. In lieu of flowers, the family encourages memorial donations to the Alzheimer’s Association, whose mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care for all afflicted; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Donations can be made via the internet at www.alz.org by phone (800) 272-3900, or by mail at Alzheimer’s Association, National Processing Center, PO Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090.
Online condolences may be offered at www.nelsencares.com