Jean M. “Jeannie” Racey, 58, of Woodstock passed away on Saturday, May 30, 2015 at the University of Virginia Medical Center.
Jeannie was born on August 31, 1956 in Woodstock, Virginia, the daughter of Doris H. Racey and the late Alfred “Fred” Racey.
She is survived by her mother, Doris Racey, of Woodstock; sister, Lynnette Allen, and husband, John, of Woodstock; brother, Jan Racey, and wife, Dorothy, of Arvada, CO; brother, Jeff Racey, and wife, Jane, of Fisher’s Hill, VA; brother, Oley Racey, of Woodstock, VA; sister, Laura Fogle, and husband, Randy, of Fort Valley, VA; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Jeannie was preceded in death by her father, Alfred Racey, a brother, Alfred Racey, Jr, and a sister-in-law, Rosemary Racey.
Jeannie was a 1974 graduate of Central High School and later attended Virginia Commonwealth University and Shenandoah Conservatory of Music. She had several different occupations including many years spent working as a technical writer and software program trainer for EDS Corp. and the American Red Cross.
Her love of music began in early childhood and Jeannie once had an amazing singing voice remembered by many who were privileged to hear her. She sang in the choir at the Woodstock Christian Church where she was a lifelong member and eventually became choir director there for a time which she very much enjoyed.
Jeannie loved her family and adored her nieces and nephews who returned her love in equal measure. Her love of and connection with children also led her to care for and nurture many children both inside and outside her family, some who called her “Aunt Jeannie” and others who called her “Miss Jeannie”.
Her deep and abiding Christian faith and gentle, loving spirit affected all who knew her. Though her failing health and frequent and prolonged hospitalizations in recent months took so much from her, her sweet spirit of grace and love and her warm smile remained unchanged. Even from her hospital bed she touched innumerable people who cared for her and witnessed the love that poured from her heart.
She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
A memorial celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, June 20, at 11:00 AM at the Woodstock Christian Church. Pastor Bill Erbach will officiate. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to: Charles O. Strickler Transplant Center, University of Virginia Health System, Attn: Transplant Administrator, P.O. Box 800265, Charlottesville, VA 22908 or to the Woodstock Christian Church, 109 S. Muhlenberg Street, Woodstock, VA 22664.