Virgina's Story

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KNOXVILLE - After a protracted battle with cancer, Virginia "Ginny" Brown Shorey died on May 9, 2016 in Maryville, TN at the age of 71. Her final days were spent in the loving company of her son Aaron's family. She leaves behind her husband, Neil; and her sons, Arnold, Alan, Aaron and Aric.

Ginny was born in 1944 in Sanford, Maine to father Leroy Clark Brown and mother June Webster Brown. She grew up in Monroe, Maine.

Ginny married Neil Shorey on December 11, 1965. Hard working and caring, she held a wide variety of jobs over the course of her lifetime that included chicken farming, being an x-ray technician and most recently as a medical transcriptionist. She was most proud of being a "prayer warrior," who spent countless hours praying for family and friends. She was quick to quote just the right bible verse to friends or family in need. There was always a girl inside the woman who loved spending time with her grandchildren at Dollywood. One of her grandson's once commented that "you are not the standard cake and cookie grandma. You would rather be riding the Cyclone then checking to see if the cookies are done!"

Ginny was diagnosed with stage III pancreatic cancer in June 2014. She received great care from the medical team at the University of Tennessee hospital and fought a valiant battle for nearly two years. Symbolic of her fight until the bitter end, Ginny was scheduled to go to Atlanta during the week of her death to get a "second opinion" on treatment options.

Ginny is survived by her husband and children, as well as her brother and sister, seven grandchildren, several cousins and numerous nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents and her son Andrew who died in infancy.

Ginny requested to be cremated. There will be a memorial service at Click Funeral Home (9020 Middlebrook Pike, Knoxville, TN 37923) at 10:30AM on May 28th in Knoxville, TN. Her ashes will be interred at the family plot in Monroe, Maine with a graveside service planned for June 25th. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to CancerCare or the Pan Foundation - two organizations which helped her throughout her battle with cancer.
Published on  May 12, 2016
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