Ginette Lynn Vandenoever

September 10, 1951November 30, 2018

On Friday, November 30, 2018, Ginette Lynn VandenOever (née Wiggins) passed away at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center in Plano, Texas.

While born in Texas, Ginette’s early life saw her spend part of her youth in California, where she began her love of dance by taking ballet and tap classes. She later moved back to Texas and attended Highlands High School in San Antonio where she became involved with the marching band as their archivist. She later played an instrumental role in creating a music scholarship in honor of the former band director. She passed on her love of music to her children and grandchildren.

She married shortly out of high school and within a few years found herself a single mother with two young boys. During this time, Ginette worked in a variety of places, but some of her favorites were the Astronomy Department at the University of Texas, where she loved working with the faculty and students and befriended Neil deGrasse Tyson, Jim’s Diner, a local hangout for famous musicians and celebrities, and teaching disco and country music dancing. She eventually ended up in Maryland, working in Washington, DC. She loved working in Washington, DC, and only left to come back to Texas to be closer to her family.

Ginette was a strong individual and fought to live her life to the fullest. When diagnosed with ovarian cancer, she was determined to extend her life beyond what the doctors’ original diagnosis suggested ― and she was successful. She was able to live long enough to fulfill her dream of traveling, including seeing Paris and taking a cruise along the Danube River. Her final days were spent having Thanksgiving with her family and then sailing in the Bahamas with her brother where she was able to fulfill her final wish of being able to sleep under the stars.

She is preceded in death by her mother, Donita Coleen Hillert (née Vanaman), father Wendell Warner Wiggins, and sister Darlene Boisvert (née Wiggins).

She is survived by her husband, Thomas VandenOever; brother, Kyle Hillert; children: Jason Finegan, Joel Finegan, and Ciara VandenOever; and grandchildren: Virginia Finegan, Matthew Finegan, and Alice VandenOever. Ginette was known and loved by many and had an extensive list of extended family and friends who will miss her dearly.

A casual Celebration of Life Memorial open to all friends and family will be held at 2:00 pm on December 16 at The Hilton Garden Inn in Denton, Texas.

In lieu of flowers or cards, Ginette specifically requested that contributions be made to the charity of your choice.


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Dom Pastore

December 9, 2018

Ginette was a very special person--always cheerful, upbeat and one of the nicest person I have ever been blessed to know and work with. She made everyone feel like her best friend; and never once did I know her to complain or change her beautiful demeanor throughout her illness. She will be missed and remember for a very long time by many, many people. May God Bless her and all her family and loved ones!

Nancy Wofford

December 6, 2018

Growing up, Ginette was the cool, older cousin I wanted to be like. She was the sophisticated teenager to my admiring little kid. She rode in cars and went on dates. She was pretty and funny, and never seemed to mind too much having us around. Even as a teenager, she was kind and compassionate and patient. I will always remember that about her; that she took the time to pay attention to us little kids when so many people at that age would simply have brushed us off as annoying little brats (which we probably were!) I will always think of her as that laughing young woman in the bloom of her youth. May she rest peacefully. We will miss her very much. My love to Kyle, and to all of Ginette's family and friends.

Yolanda Rosas

December 6, 2018

Rest in peace and may the perpetual light shine always upon you Ginette. Condolences to the entire family and all of her friends.

Charles Rogers

December 6, 2018

I was blessed by knowing Ginette. I will forever remember how sweet she always was. I always told her that I was praying for her and she always thanked me with a joyous tone in her voice. Ginette was surely one of God's many blessings in my life. I will miss her greatly.