Jean M. “Jeannie” Racey

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.

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10 Condolences to Jean M. “Jeannie” Racey

  1. Terry Minnick says:

    I have many fond memories of Jeannie–of her beautiful voice, of her enthusiastic spirit, of her great cooking ability. One time while having supper with us, she devoured beets showing our kids how good they are, convincing them to try. When I thanked her for showing the kids how a person could enjoy beets, she surprisede by saying she didn’t really like them either but didn’t want to discourage them from trying them. I also remember listening to her and Dean rehearse a wedding special over & over while I was going into labor with our 2nd son. If it had been anyone but Jeannie, I would have asked for a halt to the practice, but her beautiful voice was actually soothing. She will be sorely missed, but am sure heaven’s choir is sounding a bit better since Saturday.

    • Anonymous says:

      Thank you Terry. You and Dean have been a very special part of Jeannies’ life and have shared times of music, laughter, worship, beach vacations and much more. She loved you both and I am sure she is preparing the heavenly choir for all of us to take part in someday.

  2. Mary ("Tootsie") Cramer says:

    My heart is sadden with the news of Jeannie’s passing. I do remember her special touch with others, what a blessing to all she met. I will always remember her & how blessed I am for sharing life with her & family! Rest in Peace!

  3. Susan Toman says:

    My heart goes out to all of Jean’s family during this time. Though we have not spoken in years, I have many fond memories from our time in high school – especially chorus. May God’s blessings be evident to all her family members in the coming days. You are all in my prayers.

    • Nanette Swartz Langhorne says:

      Same for me Susan…I still see us all walking down the halls of Central High School. Woodstock has lost a good one!

  4. Kathy (Hoffman) Gwyn says:

    “Jeannie Racey” You will be missed but ‘Defiantly Not Forgotten’! She touched so many lives. I know she is ‘singing with the angles’.

  5. Tammy Jett Andes says:

    Jeannie was such a loving and caring person! I loved to hear her amazing voice, what a gift she had! I know she is in heaven singing ! It was an honor to know her!

  6. Doug and Judi Dreher says:

    Doug and I met Jeannie and the wonderful Racey clan 33 years ago and have been lovingly blessed to be a part of the family ever since. We were uplifted by Jeannie’s beautiful voice, regaled by her vast sense of humor, enveloped by her spirit and charm, humbled by her love and friendship, and enamored with her from the second we met. Although there is a vast hole in our lives without Jeannie being physically present, she is ever spiritually present in every bird’s song, moonbeam, and rainbow. Jeannie is celebrating with her family and friends who were in Heaven awaiting her arrival and she lovingly wonders why our hearts are breaking. We love you Jeannie Racey and we too look forward to your welcoming arms when we meet again in Heaven’s raucous welcoming center. Our love and prayers go to Doris, Lynnette, Laura, all of her brothers, her sisters-in-love, Kyla, John, and all of her beloved nieces and nephews. What a lucky family to claim Jeannie as one of their own. God bless.

  7. Nakisha "Nikki" Smith says:

    Ms. Racey,
    I send prayers to your friends and family.
    May God bless you. Rest in peace.
    University of Virginia Healthsystem
    Digestive Health Center

  8. George Bowers says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. May you sense God’s closeness and peace. In Jesus, George and Nancy Bowers and family