OBITUARY: Virginia Lee (Eames) Hastings, 87

Below is an obituary from Nichols Funeral Home:

WILMINGTON, MA — Virginia Lee (Eames) Hastings, “Ginny”, age 87, of Peabody, formerly a long-time Wilmington resident, passed away on May 28, 2022, at Brooksby Village in Peabody.

Ginny was born on September 16, 1934, in Medford, MA; she was the cherished daughter of the late F. Weston and Mildred Elizabeth (Osgood) Eames. Ginny was raised in Medford and graduated from Medford High School. Ginny later moved with her family to Duxbury, where she lived for several years.

Following graduation, Ginny attended the University of New Hampshire (UNH); she became very active in the school and was a member of the Alpha Xi Delta sorority, where she met five fellow sorority sisters who became lifelong friends. Ginny also met her husband, Jim Hastings, while attending UNH. Jim was also involved in the Greek Community and after the graduation, the couple attended annual homecomings and college reunions for many years. Ginny graduated with the Class of 1956 with a bachelor’s degree in education.

Jim and Ginny were married on July 13, 1957; as a newly married couple, they lived in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and Newport, Rhode Island, where Jim served in the Navy. They settled in Wilmington in 1961, where they raised their four children: Lynne, Laurie, Gary, and Leigh. Ginny was a devoted mother who loved her children and cherished any opportunity to gather the family together for holidays, birthdays, and special events. Ginny was thrilled to become a “Nana” to her seven grandchildren and “Great Nana” to her three great-grandchildren. Ginny was extremely proud of her family, and she was a central loving influence for all.

Ginny started her career at Brookside Nursery School in Wilmington in 1967; she spent over forty-five years at the school before retiring in 2012. “Mrs. Hastings” as she was fondly called, was “one of a kind.” She was patient, kind, and genuinely enjoyed teaching the children. Ginny was wonderful with her fellow teachers and parents. For countless students (and in some cases, for three generations of Wilmington families), the fond memories of Brookside Nursery School included Mrs. Hastings.

In her spare time, Ginny loved to travel; she started travelling as a young girl summering at Goose Rocks Beach in ME. She often recalled memories of her childhood summers at the beach. As young parents, Jim and Ginny frequently vacationed with their family on Cape Cod and all across New England. A bit later in life, they enjoyed trips to Florida, Hawaii, Bermuda, and Nova Scotia, as well as annual visits to Ogunquit, ME. Ginny and Jim also travelled and vacationed often with their son Gary’s family so they could offer their “babysitting services” while also enjoying time with their grandchildren.

Ginny, like her husband Jim, was an avid sports fan; being athletic herself, she often played sports of all kinds. She participated in both competitive and recreational sports, and throughout her entire life she enjoyed attending games and watching the local professional teams on TV.

In 2012, Ginny and Jim moved to Brooksby Village in Peabody where they made many new friends within the Brooksby community. Ginny became involved in the social gatherings and activities at Brooksby; she loved playing bocce, going to the movies, taking exercise classes, and attending meditation. Ginny looked forward to the organized activities that Brooksby had to offer, and she always treasured the time she shared with her Brooksby friends and fellow residents.

Ginny will be remembered as a loving mother, Nana, and friend to many. She was truly one-of-a-kind who will be missed by her family, friends, and students.

Ginny was the beloved wife of the late James T. Hastings, devoted mother of Lynne Maxwell & her late husband Bob of North Attleboro, Gary Hastings & his wife Heidi of North Reading, Leigh Bull & her husband Keith of Wilmington, and the late Laurie O’Grady; loving “Nana” of Kim, Courtney, Ryan, Nathan, Kyle, Jackson and Allie, great-Nana of Lexi, Haylie and Matthew, dear sister of Richard Eames of Florida and the late Weston Eames. Ginny is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Family and friends will gather for a Memorial Service at the Brooksby Village Chapel, 300 Brooksby Village Drive, Peabody, MA on Saturday, June 18th at 12:30pm.

Memorial donations in Ginny’s name may be made to Care Dimensions, 75 Sylvan Street, Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923 or to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS).

Ginny Hastings

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