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Posted by: Ami Date: August 28, 2001 at 12:45:24
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MURCHISON VIRGINIA L. (Ginger), 51, died peacefully at her home in Athens, Texas on August 26, 2001, following an automobile accident earlier this year. She was born November 4, 1949, in Dallas to John Dabney and Lucille (Lupe) Gannon Murchison who were owners of the Dallas Cowboy franchise from 1960-1985. Ginger is survived by her brother and sister in law, John Dabney and Lisa Dykstra Murchison, Jr, her sisters and brother in law, Bill and Mary Noel Murchison Lamont, Barbara Jeanne Murchison Coffman, nephews, J.D. Murchison, Max Lamont, John Miles Lamont, John J. Coffman, Christopher Coffman, niece, Mary Lucille Coffman and cherished aunts, uncles and cousins. Ginger lived in Athens, Texas most of her adult life. She loved the city and the people of Athens. The mayor once described Ginger as having "a heart the size of Texas". In 1995, she was named Citizen of the Year at a banquet key-noted by then Governor of Texas and now President George W. Bush. Governor Bush named her the Yellow Rose of Texas on January 19, 1996. Ginger was a Director of the First National Bank in Athens which was founded by her family in 1890. She established The Ginger Murchison Foundation in 1993. She was a philanthropist, a person who spent most of her time giving and making dreams come true. Her involvement included the Trinity Valley Community College (TVCC) where she received an Honorary Associate Degree in Humanity. The school bears her name at the Ginger Murchison Learning Resource Center. TVCC President Ron Baugh said, "Towns that don't have a Ginger Murchison don't know what they are missing Ginger's generosity also touched the Henderson County Public Library where Ginger Murchison Children's Wing serves the community of Athens and the county. Other local organizations that benefited from her legacy of giving included the Athens City Hall (The Ginger Murchison Municipal Building), the restoration of downtown Athens and the Sidewalk Improvement campaign, the new Athens Middle School Library, Athens Independent School District computer labs, the Cain Center, The East Texas Medical Center, the Clint W. Murchison library, the Athens Little Theater and Keep Athens Beautiful. Ginger was a member of the Athens Cemetery Association, the Athens Park Board and The Athens Planning Commission. Her benevolence was also felt by the Boy Scouts of America, the American Cancer Society, Labor of Love, the American Heart Association, Young Life, the YMCA, the United Way, CASA, the Make-a-Wish Foundation, Meals on wheels, Muscular Dystrophy, and the Salvation Army. The legacy Ginger leaves is one of giving both her time and her resources in community service. No words can express how greatly she will be missed by her family, employees, friends, business acquaintances, and her dogs. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the memorial service Wednesday, August 29, at the Cain Center at 4:00 p.m. with Rev. Joe Warren officiating. Private burial will be at Athens City Cemetery, under the direction of Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home, Athens. Pallbearers will be H. B. (Slick) Alfred, Ronny Brownlow, Dave Harris, Dan Barnes, Steve Foster, Randall McGee, Jeff Milslagle, and John Warren. Visitation is scheduled 5-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Funeral Home. In lieu of usual remembrances, memorials may be made to: Special Ed Department, AISD, 104 Hawn Street, Athens TX 75751. Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home Athens, Tx 903-675-2211

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