, Gloucester, MA

July 1, 2013

Virginia Willette (Reed) Kirkpatrick, 74

Lynnfield, MA — Virginia Willette (Reed) Kirkpatrick of Lynnfield, died Saturday, June 22, in Topsfield, Mass. She was born in Gloucester on May 22, 1939, to the late Rockport Selectman William G. Reed and the late Elsie (Johnson) Reed.

Ginny attended Rockport schools, graduating from Rockport High School, Class of 1957. She then attended Bridgewater State College and graduated from Salem State College in 1962 with a degree in English. She worked as a social worker for the State of Massachusetts for more than 30 years.

An avid reader, she loved being outdoors in warmer weather, and spent many hours at the beach and the pit while reading and sunbathing. Bird watching, whale watching, and enjoying all that nature has to offer gave her great delight. Knitting was another hobby enjoyed by Ginny for many, many years.

Religion played an important part in her life. She especially looked forward to time spent at Gonzaga, Eastern Point Retreat House. The retreats gave her an opportunity for prayer and meditation along with spiritual reading and enjoying the wonderful ocean vista. She always felt an inner peace after spending time at Gonzaga.

Friends and family will always remember her beautiful smile and great sense of humor. She truly made a difference in the many lives she touched. Ginny was a caring, compassionate and loyal friend, who was devoted to her dogs, Yoda and Mallory, along with her cats, C.A.T, Pretty Kitty and Bella.

Ginny is survived by her son, William Lincoln Kirkpatrick of Topsfield; her sister, Christine (Reed) Fearing and her husband, Kenneth L. Fearing, of Longboat Key, Fla.; her niece, Karen L. Fearing of Oklahoma City, Okla.; her nephew, Gregory R. Fearing of Spring Hill, Fla. and his wife, Tiffany Fearing, and their two children, Tristan and Peyton. She also leaves behind many dear friends in the area including Richard Kirkpatrick of Portsmouth, N.H., Barbara Logan of Lynnfield, Dr. Kel Bergsten with Saugus Animal Hospital, Leo Suzor of Lawrence, David Green of Topsfield, and her lifelong friend, Susan (MacLean) Herron of Rockport.

ARRANGEMENTS: A funeral Mass will be celebrated in Our Lady of the Assumption Church, corner of Grove and Salem St., Lynnfield, on Saturday, July 6, at 10 a.m. Interment will be at Locust Grove Cemetery in Rockport.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ginny’s name to Serenity, 9 Nike Village, Topsfield, MA 01983.