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A memorial service was held Saturday, June 30 at 2 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Chula Vista at 1200 East "H" Street, Chula Vista, California.

Following is a video of that service, shared by the family.

In lieu of flowers, information will be made available from the family regarding donations made to continue her musical legacy in the area of handbells, which she enjoyed so much.

Virginia "Ginny" Fleming
1926-2018

AGEHR past president and Honorary Life member Virginia "Ginny" Fleming passed away on May 29, 2018.

Ginny had been a member of Handbell Musicians of America since 1973. Throughout her lifetime of service to the Guild, she had been noted for her “ability to draw people into activities” as well as “having great skills in working with a variety of personalities.”

Ginny met her late husband, William James “Bill” Fleming in New London and they were married on October 4, 1942. With Bill’s career with the Navy, the family moved many times before eventually settling in Chula Vista, CA. The family was active in the life of Chula Vista First United Methodist Church, especially in music ministry. In 1972 Ginny founded the first handbell choir there and went on to be a national influence for handbell musicianship. In recent years, she started and arranged for a handchime instrument choir at Paradise Village Retirement Community. It was divine providence that the afternoon following her passing, a handbell ensemble rang a brief concert at her final residence, Parkview Memory Care, in National City; some of the members of that ensemble had been initially taught to ring handbells by her.

As an active member of Area 12, Ginny served as regional representative, area chair (1980 – 1982) and many times chaired festivals, seminars, cruise and special event conferences. Upon completion of her term as area chair (a six-year cycle) she was elected national secretary for two terms (1983 – 87). During this time, in addition to duties as an executive committee member, she chaired Honorary Life twice and served on a national bylaws revision committee that included the preparation of the Guild’s first rules of procedure document.

Ginny served as AGEHR’s national president from 1995 – 97. This additional six-year cycle included chairing national festivals and seminars, more bylaws revisions and groundwork for the early stages of the Guild’s restructuring process. In 2003, she was awarded the Guild's highest honor, Honorary Life member.

In addition to serving more than once as an elected officer, she had a diverse portfolio as chair or committee member for search committees for executive director, Guild employees, and sites for national events, past officers council, Donald E. Allured composition award, Who’s Who in Handbells and other numerous committees. Ginny has also been recognized for her significant outreach to other Areas in addition to her own. She traveled many extra miles for those who needed assistance without expectation of reward or personal recognition.