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In honor of Ginny's memory, the family requests all wear colorful clothing to the Celebration of life and gathering

Virginia "Ginners" Anne Ames

May 7, 1951November 24, 2021

Virginia Anne (Garber) Ames ascended to the Gates of Heaven on November 24, 2021. She passed peacefully at home, surrounded by her loving family. Her incredibly courageous battle with Glioblastoma Brain Cancer is now at an end.

Ginny was born May 7, 1951, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to parents, Don and Naomi Garber. She and her older Brother Raymond stayed very busy with the families’ horses and Guest Ranch Summers. Ginny was a very accomplished Barrel Racer and loved showing horses competitively. Following graduation from Highland High School, Ginny moved to Phoenix, AZ and ultimately graduated from Arizona State University. Shortly after, she moved to Durango, CO and enjoyed her passion of skiing, while running a shop at the Purgatory Ski Area. In January of 1975, she went on a blind date with Bill Ames, and they quickly fell deeply in love and were married in October. Both their Daughters, Laura and Angie, were born in Durango and shortly after they began a Corporate Gypsy life with Chevrolet Motor Division, that would see them occupy 9 houses in 7 different States over a 9 year period. Each transfer notice was greeted with initial tears, that then turned into a steely resolve to make this next experience the best one yet. Ginner’s grace, organization, and her incredible spirit of adventure made each move one that brought the family even closer together.

With her Daughters in High School Ginny began her career as a Competitive Cheerleading Coach at Rochester, MI High School. She was a natural Coach and loved her time spent touching lives and ultimately assisted in winning 10 State Championships. Hundreds of young women still worship “Ginners” for the life lessons she so lovingly imparted. After retiring from Cheer Coaching, she took over all the administrative work of the Football program. The Football players also loved Coach Ginners and she quickly earned the title of Director of Football Operations. In 2018, Ginners was recognized by the Michigan High School Football Coaches Assn as their “Woman of the Year”. And, just two months ago Ginny and Bill were recognized for their many, many years of dedicated service, with their induction to the RHS Athletic Hall of Fame. In addition, Ginny loved being outdoors, working in the yard with her beautiful flowers. She also enjoyed volunteer Church work, playing golf, raising her loving kitties, spending time with her girlfriends, and staying constantly involved with her four beloved Grandchildren. Ginny’s legacy will live on through her Husband Bill, Daughter Laura and her Husband Patrick Murphy of Royal Oak, and Daughter Angie and her Husband John May of Rochester Hills, and her Grandchildren, Madison and Ashlyn May, and Emerson and Marlow Murphy. She is also survived by her Brother Raymond (Linda) Garber of Corinth, TX, Sister-in-Law Marilyn (Leland) Wilkerson of Lenexa, KS, and several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins and hundreds of loving friends. She was proceeded in death by her Grandparents and Parents, Don and Naomi Garber.

Ginny literally defined selflessness, always thinking of others first. Her dedication to others was ultimately rewarded by an army of prayer warriors and family and friends who showered her with cards, flowers, gifts, food, visits, and loving care during Ginny’s battle. The family will be forever in deep gratitude, with love to all. Through her illness she constantly reminded us all that the incredible power of prayer, coupled with the heart of a warrior, makes for a formidable force.

A celebratory gathering of friends and family will be held Monday, December 6, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Pixley Funeral Home, 322 W. University Dr., Rochester. On Tuesday, December 7th, 11 am, the celebration of Ginny’s life will be held at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 620 Romeo Street, Rochester. The celebration will be led by Rev. David Eardley, Rev. Jeff Reagan and Rev Jon Reynolds.

In honor of Ginny’s colorful life, the family has requested that bright colors be worn for the both the service and gathering.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan, Attn: “The Mission”, 25200 Telegraph Rd, Southfield, MI 48033


  • Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan, Attn: “The Mission”


6 December

Celebration Gathering

5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Pixley Funeral Home

322 W. University Dr.
Rochester, Michigan 48307

7 December

Celebration of Life

11:00 am

St. Paul's United Methodist Church

620 Romeo Street
Rochester, MI 48307


Virginia "Ginners" Anne Ames

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Brandon Riordan

November 29, 2021

I'm very sorry for your loss. We were neighbors in the Clinton River Valley neighborhood. I have very good memories of the Ames family from the late '80's growing up - Ginny (Mrs' Ames to us kids) was always very nice and had a great impact on many. She will be missed.

Dave Hansen

November 29, 2021

Bill: I will never forget how you and Ginny welcomed us to the Chevrolet team back in the late 1980's (time flies). You made us feel like family. We had many laughs together over the years and I quickly learned about the great Chevy family. Please accept my sincere sympathy..... Dave Hansen

Debbie Biggers

November 28, 2021

I have so many wonderful memories with my beautiful girlfriend. What I cherish most is how she helped me develop strength & perseverance as a young mother. Ginners advice, love & support saved me more times than I can count!
Best Memories: Friday night “drinks on the deck,” Buck barbecuing, Halloween parties, Easter egg hunts, and My favorite Christmas Game Night with the kids. I’m really going to miss you Ginners ❤️

Michelle Durmisevich

November 27, 2021

I will always be fond of my memories with Ginners. She had taught me many life lessons, especially being a young woman, that have shaped me into who I am now. I am very sorry for the Ames’ family loss because she will be greatly missed. Her loving energy will be remembered forever. I certainly will never forget my moments with her, her compassion for me when I was struggling and her motivation that helped me continue on. She gifted me with the book “The Little Engine that Could,” which helped shine a light in my darkest of times. I am forever grateful of her for doing that. I love her so much. May she now be at peace.

Stacie May

November 27, 2021

Bill, Angie,Laura, John, Patrick, Madison,Emerson,Marlow & Ashlyn,
You are all my family & I love you beyond words.

I referred to Ginny as "My Favorite Mother In Law", from the first time we met it was a bond & love so strong. Her daughter was marrying my son, a dream come true for both of us. Making "AMES McMUFFINS" at MSU tailgates, to waiting for "Me May" to be born while both our husbands found couches to sleep on at Beaumont Hospital, to being at this huge holiday feast with both John & Angie's Grandmas at the Ames when Patrick proposed to Laura. These & so many more wonderful memories I will have forever.
Always here for you my family now & forever.
Mom, Grandma, Grandma Stacie, Mama Taz

Jeff Hurlbert

November 27, 2021

Of all the wonderful memories of this terrific woman, our all time favorite was our California Thanksgiving back in 1986 when both families were together. The laughs, the jokes, the trip on the step by Papa Buck, will stick with us forever. Don't think you'll ever find a more caring, more fun, more giving woman than Ginny Ames. May this "one of a kind" beautiful lady rest in peace. God bless her.

Jeff & Gretchen Hurlbert

Matt. Murphy

November 26, 2021

Bill: Our prayers are with you and your family. Having a strong faith like you have, I'm sure will assist you and yours greatly through this very difficult time. Take care of yourself. Sincerely. Matt and Terry Murphy

Bill Ray

November 25, 2021

Sometime after 9/11 Ginny and I were in the tape ministry room at St. Paul’s UMC talking about the attacks and I made an off hand remark about building an underground shelter in the backyard like they did in the 1950’s. Ginny told me when she was a kid they called those shelters “fraidy holes”. Rev. Regan was passing by just then and said “there’s a sermon in that”!

Thinking of Ginny’s remark reminds me of this bible verse; “But now, this is what the Lord says…Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.” ~ Isaiah 43:1

Hoping those words during this time of loss and sadness bring the Ames family hope and comfort until in God’s good time you are all together again.