Colp – Virginia Louise, age 90, of Colpton, Lunenburg County, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, October 26th, 2022 in South Shore Regional Hospital, Bridgewater.
Born in Yarmouth, N.S., Ginny was a daughter of the late Henry Conrad and Clissie (Nickerson) Burrill.
Ginny left home to attend Normal College (Nova Scotia Teachers College) then taught in Hemford and Cornwall prior to marrying Arlyn B Colp of Colpton. After starting a family, Ginny returned to teaching in 1967, at New Germany Elementary and New Germany Rural High. She loved teaching, and especially those who had a hard time navigating the regular school system. As well, she tutored many at her home over the years. She spent summers improving her teaching skills by attending Summer School in Halifax. Over the course of her lifetime she also assisted at the farm as a milk producer for years, lathe mill, saw mill, and after retiring from teaching, she, Arlyn and Brent started Colp Berry Farm u-pick and she became an expert in strawberries. Her faith in God was strong, and she knew He would provide what she needed.
No one visited without being offered a cup of tea, and usually food to accompany it, be it pie, cookies or apple dumplings. Ginny made the best biscuits often topped with homemade jam, or sometimes they ended up in strawberry shortcakes. A good many card games took place over the years, and Arlyn and Ginny enjoyed many years on a bowling league in Bridgewater. Ginny was always proud of the high score of 141 (trophy to prove it) and as her children started to bowl, always made sure they knew she had the highest score (and none of us beat it much to her delight). Arlyn and Ginny spent many winters in Florida and it was always fun to join them for a week. She loved family and hosted many family farm vacations over the years, building memories that lasted forever. Ginny also enjoyed a good party and never failed to find a reason to have one, insisting that birthdays be celebrated on the exact day, and anniversaries could not be missed. Her flower gardens were her pride and joy, and a new growing season never started with out an additional bed being created and filled with something new. She was loved!
Ginny came from a large family, being child six of ten. She is survived by her loving husband of 68 years, Arlyn; children, Susan (Peter) Barrett, Lynn, Kevin and Brent (Deb Peterson); grandchildren, Angela (Bryson Higney) Colp, Peter Stewart, Kerrianne (Matthew) MacMullin, Danielle (Clay) Wamboldt, Amanda (Bryce) Fillmore, Holly (Jack) Conway, Chad Colp, Tanya (Catlin) Merry, Tiffany Colp, and Shayla Hatt; great grandchildren Zoe and Porter Wamboldt, Elliott and Lucy Higney, John and Charles Conway, Colton and Elsie MacMullin, Marley and Emily Colp, Landon, Emmett and Kaden Fillmore, Sawyer and Briar Merry; sisters, Hazel DeBorst and Nancy (Wendell) Hillman; brothers, Victor (Hazel) and Edward (Beatrice); sister in law, Bertha Burrill. Special mention to Dominic who filled her last year with entertainment and love, and best friends Wilfred and Sandra Hull.
Ginny was predeceased by brothers; Hubert, Richard and Malcolm; sisters, Geraldine Mercer and Shirley Gray; in laws Harris and Elsie Colp, Stanley and Vivian Colp, Royden and Ruby Selig, Ray Mercer, Lillian Burrill, Jean Burrill, and Gerrit DeBorst.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, November 1st, 2022, from 6:00 until 8:00 pm and a funeral service will be held on Wednesday, November 2nd, 2022, at 11:00 am, followed by a reception, all from Chandlers’ Funeral Home, Liverpool. Pastor Royce Getson officiating. Family flowers only, donations may be made to the Hemford & District Fire Department, South Shore Regional Hospital Foundation or to the South Shore Palliative Care Unit. To share memories or condolences, please visit www.chandlersfuneral.com
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Ruth Ann McKenzie
Condolences to the family. As I read the obituary there are things about Aunt Ginny that I didn’t know; ie: her love of bowling, but the rest speaks so well to who she was. A loved Aunt who provided many good memories from times I spent at the farm. She will be missed.
Arlyn and family I send my deepest condolences on the passing of your loved one .From Paul Ellis ( Hilda,Stella and Reg Harper’s Nephew
So sorry to hear of Ginny’s passing.She was a dear soul ,Condolences to family and friends at this sad time .
Our condolences to her family. She certainly was special. Hugs to all.
Andy & Wendy Looke
Colin and Nathalie
Dear Holly, Jack and boys: we are sending you our deepest condolences. Thoughts and prayers are with you, your Dad and the rest of the Colp family. Big hugs and love being sent your way.
Love Colin and Nathalie xo
So sorry to hear of Ginny’s passing. She was a sweet lady with a sense of humor but most important a real love for her family. Arlyn there will be a vacancy in your life as well as the rest of the family but we need to lean on the Lord and remember the good times you had with Ginny -Mom/Grandma and so on. Always a joy picking strawberries around her.
God bless you all. Myrna Crouse
Sending my deepest condolences. Mrs Colp was my grade 7 teacher in NGRHS and I have nothing but fond memories. No matter how long it was after I graduated she always remembered me and would stop for a chat. She was a lovely lady.
To the family:
My deepest condolences to the family.
Mrs. Colp, Virginia, was my Grade 3 teacher at New Germany Elementary. She was a loving and caring teacher and took pride in her profession. She always had a “hello” for me even after many years had passed since I was a student. To my surprise, after many years, when we had met at a restaurant I had been working in she remembered who I was. Not just my family but my actual name. I hope I wasn’t that terrible to have as a student to cause her to remember my name. All kidding aside, I am so saddened to see the passing of such a wonderful person.
May all your wonderful memories of your times together carry you all through this next chapter in all your lives. You are in the thoughts and prayers of many as you bear your sorry.
Pastor Royce and Alice Getson
Arlyn and family, our thoughts of hope and comfort are in our prayers for you and your family. The loss of a loved one is hard but know that when we know the Lord we are kept in His Loving care. Hold her memories close and hold each other up in prayer at this time.
Debbie & Ernie Mansfield
Our condolences to the family…
So sorry to hear of the passing of Ginny. Sincere condolences Arlyn and all family on your loss. Ginny was a wonderful person, always thinking of others first ,putting her needs in second place, always kind, gentle and patient. Hoping you’re great memories of her help your healing process at this sad time .We have lost another good one.
So sorry for your loss..big hugs
Bonnie Labrador and Jerry Mansfield
To the Family
So very sorry for your loss. Please accept our sincere condolences.
Aunt Ginny will always be remembered as a welcoming, people caring person. She and Uncle Aryln’s doors were always open. All our families will remember times spent at their house and it was often a gathering place of families being reunited. It was a nice tribute to your Mom.
Bob and Merna Cox
Sincere sympathy to all the family in the loss of your loved one. I worked with Ginny many years at NGRHS and she was a great friend. Love, prayers and hugs to all.
Arlyn and family,
My condolences on Ginny’s passing. I had the pleasure of teaching with Ginny for several years at NGRHS. She was a wonderful kind and caring lady. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time.
I could not have had a better sister or friend. She was always kind and understanding. I have a lot of memories of times spent with her. Cutting pulpwood, peeling logs, picking cucumbers, picking wild strawberries and the ones from the farm. She taught me so many things but was very patient in teaching. We canned pickles, blueberries, made apple jelly and strawberry jam, canned peaches and more. I will miss her but I am happy for her too. To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord so this is not a final goodbye but “I’ll see you in the morning over there”.
Condolences to Arlyn and the family. Love, Hazel deBorst
Uncle Arlyn, & family
I have so many wonderful memories of Aunt Ginny & time spent with your entire family. Aunt and Uncle
Arlyn were so kind to me and my siblings and parents over the many years that we visited each other. I loved being at the farm as a child crawling around in the barn, making hay bale tunnels, riding Susan’s pony, playing with my cousins and baking with Aunt Ginny. Uncle Arlyn and Aunt Ginny were so much fun and they were always generous with their time with us! I will miss Aunt Ginny but am thankful to have had such wonderful times and memories! I’m so sorry for your loss!
Susan (deBorst) O’Neill
To Ginny’s family,
We were sorry to hear of your loss. I have shared memories of teaching with Ginny at NGRHS as well as visits to her home, of which she was very proud. Arlene, our thoughts are especially with you…
Kerry & Cathy Croft
Aunt Ginny will always have a special place in my heart! She was incredibly kind to me. She and Uncle Arlyn always welcomed me at the farm and made me feel so loved! She made the best strawberry shortcake ever. I remember when she and family drove all the way down to Massachusetts to meet my new firstborn. I truly appreciated it! My condolences to Arlyn, and all the family. I look forward to reuniting in heaven one day! Love, Jennifer (deBorst) Mook
So sorry to hear of Ginny’s passing. Condolences to the family.
Bertha Mildred Fiddes
To Arlyn & family members,
Sorry for your loss. Remember the good times. Ginny was always there. She willingly supported events in the community.
My memories of her include her being in the strawberry fields, at the vegetable stand, or in her flower gardens.
Birdie & Wayne
Dear Arlyn and family
Please accept my sincere condolences on the loss of Ginny.
My prayers are with you all .
Anne (Burrill) Corkery
My condolences to Uncle Arlyn, Susan, Lynn, Kevin and Brent. Some of my fondest memories as a child were at “Aunt Ginny’s farm” from learning to drive a tractor to learning how to make icing. Aunt Ginny was always very kind and patient when our family of seven would show up for a couple of weeks every summer. I wish you all lots of strength to get through this difficult time. Sending lots of hugs!
Jim & Patti Mercer
We so wanted to come out there this summer to visit with family, but our own health difficulties prevented that. We cherish the time we spent with Ginny and Kevin here in Vancouver when they came out to visit Geraldine! We watched the service today and it was lovely. Thinking of you all so much and wishing we were there. Hugs.❤️
Mrs. Colp was more than one of my favourite teachers – I always loved the times I came to stay at the farm… When she left the Elementary School and came to the high school in New Germany, I was thrilled to be able to have her again for a teacher. You guys treated me like family and I am forever grateful. She was compassionate, caring, strong and smart. Big hugs to everyone in the family. Amy Rafuse and Tim Keddy.
I am very saddened to hear of Ginny’s passing. I taught with her at NGRHS and she was a wonderful person. She was kind, intelligent, spunky and dedicated to all her students. I will always carry fond memories of her.
To her much- loved family, may God bring you peace and healing.
My sincere condolences in Ginny’s passing. Although Ginny and I only worked together for a few years, it was with fondness that I remember that time. She tackled a new teaching assignment with enthusiasm and embraced the success of her students with pride, happily acting as a cheerleader for them as they accomplished a new task.
She will be missed.
Arlyn, and family;
Very sorry to learn of Ginny,s passing. .Always enjoyed her friendly conversations at the Veg./fruit stand or the strawberry.. field, as well as those about strawberries when I grew the half acre back in the 90,s .She was such a friendly lady, Hold memories of her close, and God Bless