In memory of
Betty McGinnis
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In memory of
Betty McGinnis
McGinnis, Betty Oct 18, 1928 - Dec 28, 2016 Betty Jo Richardson McGinnis, 88, of Sarasota, Florida, passed away peacefully on December 28th. Born in Lincoln, Nebraska, on October 18, 1928, Betty moved throughout the United States owing to her father's U.S. Navy career. Settling in Washington, DC, she graduated from Wilson High School in 1946. Betty attended George Washington University where she studied speech and psychology and was a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. She later completed extensive coursework in real estate at the University of Virginia and the National Institute of Real Estate, and completed travel and tourism courses at the American Transportation Institute. Betty and her late husband Norman (Bud) McGinnis met in 1947 while attending George Washington University and were married in 1949 in Washington, DC. Bud's U.S. Army officer career took Betty and their children to posts in Austria, Texas, Illinois, Alaska, and Virginia. Early in her life Betty served in administrative positions in the U.S. Government and non-profit organizations in Washington, DC. For many years she practiced as a highly successful realtor and real estate broker in the Washington, DC, area. Betty also worked as a travel and tourism consultant in Northern Virginia. Her volunteer activities included docent positions at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota and Stratford Hall, the birthplace of Robert E. Lee in Virginia. Betty held leadership positions in the Sarasota Manatee Kappa Kappa Gama Alumnae Association, the Sarasota Power and Sail Squadron, and the Sarasota Yacht Club. Owing to her strong interest in politics she served as a member of the Presidential Inaugural Committee for Ronald Reagan in 1981 and later became a member of the Republican Women's Club of Sarasota. Friendship was very important to Betty. She loved meeting new people and spending time with friends including those who shared her interests in golfing, travel, and gardening. Later in life she became a devoted member of mahjong and poker groups in Sarasota. Betty is survived by her sons Robert Maury McGinnis (Mary Ann Winecoff) of Charlottesville, Virginia, and James Richardson McGinnis (Beverly) of Indiatlantic, Florida; her grandchildren Alex McGinnis (Yana) of Saint Cloud, Florida, and Kelsey Livesay (Garry) of Houston, Texas; and her great-granddaughter Kiera Alexandra McGinnis of Saint Cloud, Florida. She is also survived by her sister-in-law Patricia Messick of Harrisonburg, Virginia, and her children Susan Castle, Eric Messick, and Paul Messick. She is predeceased by her husband Norman F. McGinnis, Jr. and her son Stephen Arthur McGinnis. Memorial contributions can be made to: Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation | Rose McGill Aid P.O. Box 38, Columbus, Ohio 43216-0038 Sarasota Power and Sail Squadron 2814 Hyde Park Street, Sarasota, Florida 34239 Tidewell Hospice 5955 Rand Boulevard, Sarasota, Florida 34238 American Cancer Society Donate by phone: 1-800-227-2345 P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123
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