GINNY TEDDER - Smith Mountain Eagle: Obituaries

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Posted: Wednesday, February 22, 2012 11:19 am

A gifted artist, singer, mimic, decorator and gardener, Ginny Tedder was a loving soul mate, daughter, sister, mother, aunt, grandmother is resting in peace at last. She is survived by her true love and companion Stephen J. Guidus; loving and devoted parents, William N. and Gloria P. Edwards; sisters, Barrett Edwards (Daniel Bumstead), Nancy Edwards (Randy Zartman) and Darcy Furr (Bill); brother, Bill Edwards (Terry); son, Reed Mason (Michelle); daughter, Whitney Chapin (Fred); grandchildren, Ryan, Hayden and Peyton; nephew, Daniel Klinefelter; nieces, Katie; Kelly Cohan (Brit); Brooke Burnette (Eric). Ginny had that rare ability to enjoy her inner child, to wrap those around her in her own unique charisma. Her friendship was genuine and she possessed an infectious laugh and a kind, gentle manner. Gin’s cheerful smile would light up a room and she always maintained a “can-do” attitude. Ginny exhibited a keen sense of closeness and loyalty to her family and many friends; she never forgot a face!Born in Hinsdale, IL, Ginny grew up in Jamestown, N.C. She graduated with the Class of ’71 from Ragsdale High School and attended Wingate University. She later resided in the Smith Mountain Lake, Va. area where she was employed at Westlake Jewelry. It was at the lake where she met and fell in love with her devoted soul mate, Steve Guidus. A cancer survivor, Ginny demonstrated a level of strength and inspirational courage during her medical ordeals that made her friends and family proud and filled with admiration. Ginny excelled at singing and playing several instruments, cherished the warmth of a sunny beach, treasured the restful beauty of Smith Mountain Lake, savored the joy of dancing, and experienced the adventure of travel. She relished the freedom of a sailboat drifting in a light breeze and enjoyed a relaxing evening. Ginny had impeccable taste and an innate talent for entertaining. She simply and thoroughly enjoyed life.Ginny loved her family but absolutely adored her children and grandbabies. She will now reside in heaven beside her beloved niece, Jenny Zartman. A public Celebration of Life service will be held at a later date, TBD. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Jenny Zartman Memorial Scholarship at the Hornet’s Nest Girl Scout Council, 7007 Idlewild Rd., Charlotte, NC 28212 or to the Jenny Zartman Scholarship Fund/Birth Partners at The Medical Foundation of NC, Inc., 880 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Chapel Hill, NC 27514. Arrangements by Conner-Bowman Funeral Home & Crematory, Rocky Mount.

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