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Obituary: Virginia 'Ginger' S. Gregory

Gregory, a devout Catholic who gave back to the Arlington community, died Monday, June 25. She was 80.

Virginia "Ginger" S. Gregory, of Arlington, died at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center on June 25, 2012. She was 80 years old.

Born and raised in Staten Island, N.Y., she was one of eight children. She graduated from College of Mount St. Vincent in New York where she was president of the student body. At age 21, she completed her Masters in Education from Northwestern University. She was a TWA flight attendant during the “Golden Age” of commercial aviation in the early-mid 1950s.

She spent every day of her life devoutly following the Catholic faith. A long-time member of , she served as a lector and on the Parish Council. She was active in Opus Dei for almost 50 years.

She was an enthusiastic supporter of and was active in community affairs and many community organizations. She worked in Human Resources at Boston University for 34 years and continued serving on the University’s retirement board.

Despite a busy schedule she was highly organized and projected calmness. She loved beauty, whether found in nature, the arts or fashion. Youthful in mind, energy and appearance, she enjoyed the love and company of a great number of family members and friends. She traveled often around the world visiting her children and grandchildren. For those who knew Virginia her warmth, empathy, laughter, keen mind, spirituality and unlimited warmth were irresistible. She was never judgmental. Virginia will be greatly missed and long remembered.

Loving wife of Edward Gregory (deceased) and previously Robert O’Brien. Loving mother of Chris O’Brien and wife Jane of Washington, D.C. and Minneapolis, Ginger Brennan and husband Kevin of Morristown, N.J., Peter O’Brien and wife Donna of Healdsburg, Calif., Peggy Eysenbach and husband Mac of Belmont, Brendan O’Brien and wife Valerie of Arlington. Loving stepmother of Mary Gregory, Edward Gregory and Christopher “Kip” Gregory. Loving sister of Leonard Sutter (deceased), Mary Hammel, Richard Sutter, Ann Carville, David Sutter, Robert Sutter and James Sutter. Loving grandmother of 13 grandchildren.

A wake will be held Thursday June 28 from 4 to 8 p.m. at St. Agnes Church in Arlington. A funeral will beheld Friday June 29 at 10 a.m. at St. Agnes. A reception following the funeral will be held at the Knights of Columbus Hall. In lieu of flowers donations may be made on Virginia’s behalf to Friends of Robbins Library, 700 Massachusetts Ave., Arlington , MA 02474 or St. Agnes Church, 51 Medford St., Arlington, MA 02474. For directions or to send an online condolence, please visit www.keefefuneralhome.com.

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