Virginia “Ginny” Lee (Shirley) Amburgey

Virginia "Ginny" Lee (Shirley) Amburgey, 87, left us peacefully on December 31, 2020 in Grayling, Michigan.
Virginia was born in Manton, Michigan but lived most of her life in Pinckney where she was the sixth of 9 children.
 She was active in high school sports, especially basketball, and captured the eye of the love of her life Bob Amburgey. In 1951 they were married in the Pinckney Congregational Church and cared for each other for 66 years, until Bob's death in 2017. 
They traveled with the USAF for four years, starting their family (Rebecca Amburgey Peterson; Robert (Margaret), Gregory (Betsy), Robin Ruppel (Robert) and Amy Gross (Glenn) and then settling in Pinckney in 1954. 
Ginny was active in numerous community groups and the church. She and Bob loved to dance and were founding members of the Pinckney Village Square Dancing Club, winning competitions throughout the State.
Ginny always had a large garden and canned fruits and vegetables all summer long for her family. She was a fantastic cook and always prepared food for her large family gatherings and the many folks who just happened to drop by at dinner time. She was especially proficient at baking pies. If she knew you were partial to one kind it was not uncommon to find one at your door at Christmastime. 
After retiring from Pinckney Schools Ginny and Bob moved to their cabin on KP Lake in Lovells, Michigan. They also had a home in Tampa where they spent their winters for over 20 years.
Ginny was also known for her decorated cakes, hand-dipped chocolates, hard candies and peanut brittle. Fried cinnamon bread and sticky buns were a favorite of the Amburgey clan, especially the grandkids and great-grandchildren. 
She loved to fish and could be found at  dawn and dusk in her fishing boat out on the lake. We often enjoyed "a good mess" of fish at breakfast and dinner. 
She sewed beautiful quilts for all of her family and close friends. She donated several each year to local fundraisers and the weekly bingo grand prize. Each of her quilts came with a tag that read 'Made with love.'
Ginny has 10 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. She was loved deeply by her family and will be greatly missed. We all find comfort knowing she and dad are dancing together once again.
She is survived by two sisters; Janet Williams and Lois Mohlman, and numerous nieces and nephews who kept in contact with her.
We are deeply grateful to the staff at Northern Pines Assisted Living for the love and care they showed to mother.
 Final rest arrangements will be made at a later time. 
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Northern Pines Assisted Living, 130 Mary Ann Street, Grayling, Michigan 49736 or Lovells Township Fire Department, 8405 Twin Bridge Road, Grayling, Mi 49738.

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Mailing Address
Box 490
Grayling, MI 49738

Phone: 989-348-6811
FAX: 989-348-6806

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