Mary Virginia Mason (Ginny) Thackara – South Burlington

Mary Virginia Mason (Ginny) Thackara, 78, of South Burlington and Mallett’s Bay, Vt.; and Sanibel, Fla., passed away April 29, 2013, in Ft. Myers, Fla., after a brief illness. She was a resident of Shelburne from 1990 to 2011, when they moved to South Burlington. Born Nov. 24, 1934, to Adelaide M. Mason and Park C. Mason, she grew up in Shrewsbury, N.J., and graduated from The Masters School, Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.  She attended Hollins College, in Roanoke, Va. On Dec. 1, 1956, she married, and began what would be the happiest 56 years of her life, as a devoted wife, and loving mother.  She was an active parent at Rumson Country Day School and at St. George’s by-the-River’s Canterbury Fair.  She was a member of Seabright Beach Club, as well as Rumson Country Club, playing golf for many years there, and remained a non-resident member after moving to Vermont full time in 1990.  She loved to garden at camp, and happily tended her flowers and vegetables daily. It was always a family affair to join her in the kitchen for the constant flow of guests and family to “Camp Ingleside” on Coates Island, as her mother and grandmother before her. From 1979, she enjoyed many years at South Seas Plantation, as well as their recent Sanibel home, sharing it with family and friends who visited often. Walking the beach and shelling was a favorite pastime. Each of her five grandchildren brought “Gammy” years of endless joy, laughter, and great pride, and a year ago, to her delight, her first great-grandchild arrived. She leaves the love of her life, and husband, Walter M. (Pat) Thackara, daughter, Pamela T. McCoy, Atlantic Highlands, N.J., and son, Charles (Chip) H. Thackara and his wife, Maribeth, Colchester, Vt.  She is survived by grandchildren, Andrew McCoy and wife, Jillian, Monmouth Beach; Brett McCoy and wife, Danielle, Bayside, N.Y.; Carter McCoy and fiancé, Julia Diaco, Rumson; Emily Louise and Mason James Thackara, Colchester, Vt.; and great-grandson, Joel McCoy Diaco, Rumson.  She also leaves cousin, Richard McKay, Tampa, Fla., and many, many dear friends. Memorial Services were held on Friday, June 14, at St. George’s By-The-River Episcopal Church, Rumson, N.J. There will also be a memorial service at Trinity Episcopal Church, 5171 Shelburne Rd, Shelburne, Vt. on Monday, July 8, at 11 am. In lieu of flowers, donations to (, St. George’s By-The-River Episcopal Church, or Trinity Episcopal Church, Shelburne, Vt.

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