Virginia Barton Hubbell Hamerin “Ginny”, 86, of Indianapolis, passed away peacefully on March 12, 2023. Ginny was born on April 17, 1936, in Knowe, Rumbling Bridge, Scotland. She was named Margaret Norvel, and on March 9, 1938, she was adopted by her late mother Nothera Barton and brought over to the United States. Upon her mother and father’s marriage, her late father James Wakeman Hubbell II also adopted her on May 13, 1942.
Ginny grew up in New York City NY and Swarthmore PA and the surrounding areas while spending her carefree summers at camp in Maine. After graduating Swarthmore Highschool, she went on to study sociology at Earlham College in Richmond IN where she met, fell in love, and later married her late husband Malfred James “Jay” Hamerin. Ginny and Jay settled in Indianapolis and raised three wonderful children. They remained in the same house for over 50 years making lifelong friendships with many of their wonderful neighbors. Ginny considered herself fortunate that she was able to stay-at-home for most of her children’s elementary school years. She was active in her children’s social lives, school lives, and athletic activities. She was president of the Northeast Cooperative Preschools. She was an involved Cub Scout, and Girl Scout Leader. She was also a proud member of the Brockton Civic League. Once the children were self-sufficient enough, she went back to working outside the home. Ginny was employed by Blocks Department Store, Lazarus Department Store, and she retired from Macy’s Department store. For a short time, Ginny and her husband also owned and operated the Patio Lounge that was once a popular staple in Broad Ripple.
Ginny wrote that she hopes people will remember her for her quick wit and quirky sense of humor, wonderful laugh, and that she loved people with great empathy and understanding, but most importantly that she adored and loved her family first and always. Her family and friends would agree that she was loved and will be greatly missed by everyone who was touched by her genuine and kind words.
Ginny is preceded in death by her husband Malfred James Hamerin, parents Nothera and James Hubbell, birth mother Margaret Sheach (Norval) Wallace, stepsister Frances Hubbell (Theodore Merwin), stepbrother Edward Hubbell (lois Barnes). She is survived by her half-sisters: Christine Wallace (John Docherty), Margaret Wallace (Robert Leitch), children: Michael James Hamerin, Julie annne Hamerin (Randy Richards), and John Charles Hamerin. Grandchildren Nicole Amber Richards (Christopher June), Jamie Austin Richards (Neil Westphal), Troy Allen Richards, Tiffany Renee Hamerin (Joshua Skillman). Great-Grandchildren: Lilly Kaye Richards, Brycen Zaine Skillman, Landon Christopher June, and Lawson Allen June.
Ginny’s family gathered on Saturday April 14, 2023 at a private graveside reading to celebrate her life. She was laid to rest in the Rosston Cemetery, Zionsville, IN. In Lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Ginny’s honor to The Alzheimer’s Association or The American Diabetes Association.