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Virginia Hudgins Brinn, 81, danced her final day on Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016.
Mrs. Brinn, better known as “Gin” or “Gini,” was born in 1934, in Portsmouth, Va., and attended Ms. Turnbull’s School for Young Ladies. Upon graduation, Gini was one of only of 40 women to attend Virginia Polytechnic Institute (Virginia Tech). Throughout her life she remained a loyal Hokie football fan. In 1955, she married Benjamin F. “Bud” Brin Jr., and together they continued to be a couple known for their love of dancing and great ability to do so.
Before retiring to Williamsburg, Va., Gin and Bud spent 28 years in Anderson, Ind. There they raised their children. Gin kept busy as co-owner of the Wallpaper House, a member of the National Decorating Products Association and as an award-winning participant in nine decorator show houses. In Anderson, she was a loyal church elder, Sunday school teacher and nursery school teacher at the First Presbyterian Church. She also was an active member of the Anderson Fine Arts Center and enjoyed being a member of the Edgewood Country Club.
In Williamsburg, Gini was an active member of Williamsburg Presbyterian, where she volunteered at the reception desk, for the Lenten luncheon, was a member of Dinner Eight and cherished her Church Circle Eight. She had a passion for the arts and gained great satisfaction from being a member of the Williamsburg Music Club, in which she was proud to participate in fundraising and establishing Designs for Dining, which provided scholarships for young musicians. She also was an active member of the P.E.O. Chapter BA.
She enjoyed cooking and entertaining. She loved meeting new people, as she never met a stranger. Her greatest accomplishments and points of pride were playing the roles of wife, mother, and grandmother. With a love for dancing and a deep enjoyment of the theater, Mrs. Brinn, waltzed through life with her high school sweetheart, and husband of 60 years, by her side.
Mrs. Brinn is survived by her husband, Benjamin F. Brinn Jr.; her sons, William E. Brinn and Benjamin F. Brinn III (Jamie); her daughter, Elizabeth Brinn; and her grandchildren, Jennifer and Justin Brinn.
A celebration of Gin’s life will be from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016, at Nelsen Funeral Home, 3785 Strawberry Plains Road, Williamsburg, Va. A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 8, at Williamsburg Presbyterian Church, with a short reception following at the church. Gin will be laid to rest that afternoon at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Norfolk, Va. Friends are invited, but not expected to attend.
In lieu of flowers, contributions to one of Gin’s favorite organizations would be greatly appreciated: Williamsburg Presbyterian, First Presbyterian-Anderson, Ind., Williamsburg Music Club, the American Heart Association or the American Diabetes Association.