Virginia P. McKee

Virginia McKeeVirginia P. McKee, age 90, passed away peacefully on Monday, February 4, 2013 at Glen Hill Care and Rehabilitation in Danbury. She was formerly a longtime resident of Sherman and more recently Ridgefield.

Born (Ingeborg) Virginia Perry on 12/7/1922 to Armand and Ingeborg (Neilsen) Perry in Manhattan; she graduated from Julia Richmond High School in 1939 and went on marry John D. McKee III (Dick) in 1942.

With a love of music and children, Virginia led a diverse and rewarding life. During WWII Virginia worked on the Manhattan Project, later earning a Presidential Certificate for her efforts. She was also one of the original voices in the Robert Shaw Chorale.

Moving to Sherman in the late 1940’s, Virginia and Dick started McKee’s Plantsmen a wholesale nursery from their home which fueled her love of gardening. Virginia also started the Girl Scout movement in town giving over 30 years of leadership and service to the Northwest Council of Girl Scouts. She started the first 4-H Equestrian Club in Sherman, and was active in the Audubon bird count and registry in Western CT.

Throughout her 26 years working in the Sherman School, Virginia was fundamental in the development of the school’s library. Among many of her programs, were visits from local artists and authors; and with the children she collected and tagged Monarch butterflies, tracking their migrations.

Over the years, Virginia was a member of the Sherman Players, Candlewood Players, Mauweehoo Singers, Sherman Historical Society, Sherman Higher Education Fund, Danbury Chorale and most recently the Ridgefield Chorale.

Virginia is predeceased by her husband of 53 years, John D. “Dick” McKee III.

She leaves behind her sister, June Baehr of Rockaway, NY; son Kevin A. McKee and wife Rose of Coleville,WA; daughter Lois C. McKee of Bradenton, FL, daughter Shanna McKee-Bertram and husband George of Southbury, CT; niece Carolyn Baehr of Elmhurst, NY; along with (2) Granddaughters, (3) great-grandchildren and (2) great-great grandchildren.

The family wishes to thank all the staff at Glen Hill for their friendship and outstanding care of Virginia during her residency; as well as Helen, Amanda and Judith of SolAmor Hospice for their boundless compassion in Virginia’s final hours.

As per her wishes, a Celebration of Life will be held at the convenience of the family. There will be no calling hours.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to be made to:

Virginia P. McKee Memorial Fund #91204241, Savings Bank of Danbury, 325 Main St. South,Southbury, CT 06488.

Jowdy-Kane Funeral Home, 9-11 Granville Ave., Danbury is in charge of arrangements.

                                                                 

 

                                     





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