Jenness, Virginia Lindsay Born: October 17, 1913, Minneapolis, MN. Died: March 13, 2011.
Virginia Lindsay Jenness led a full, active, and worthwhile life in community service since her graduation from Wells College in 1935. She served numerous organizations as a volunteer both in the capacity of leader as well as active participant and contributor.
For the past fifty-seven years and following the legacy of her great aunt Martha Lindsay and her father, James B. Lindsay, she has served the Jones-Harrison Residence in Minneapolis in numerous capacities. She has been on the board of directors of Jones-Harrison for most of this time, including serving as president of the Board for several terms, treasurer for two terms. She also served the following committees both as chairperson and as participant during these fifty-seven years: Finance, Fund Raising, Media Relations and Marketing, Building, and Long Range Planning.
In 1988, she chaired the Centennial Committee. She continued as a mentor on the Board of Directors for both Jones-Harrison Residence and Jones-Harrison Foundation. During her tenure as the Jones-Harrison Home Fund Raising Co-Chair, she lead the successful effort to raise $4 million which guaranteed the survival of the residence, in spite of the community belief that the Jones-Harrison future was in jeopardy as a result of extensive re-building required to bring the facilities up to the mandated state safety codes.
Mrs. Jenness gave incalculable hours outside her full family activities to maintaining the quality of life in her community. She recognized the need for care for the elderly, in her work with Jones-Harrison, long before it was a national concern, and realized that this care must always provide an environment for the elderly that was safe, caring and cost-effective while, above all, maintaining dignity and respect for the senior citizen.
During these same fifty-seven years she has also served as treasurer of the Village of Woodland (twenty years), on the Women's Christian Association Board, on Lafayette Club Board (two three-year terms), on the Junior League (throughout the WWII years in Minneapolis, Des Moines and then again Minneapolis and as a sustaining member of the finance committee), Red Cross, Girl Scouts (troop leader after college for six years and for another three years during her daughter's involvement), Big Sisters, and in organizations directly relating to her children's development: Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and PTA. In the Wells College Club of Minnesota, she served in the capacities of fund raising activity chairperson, area admissions coordinator, treasurer and president.
When time from her community involvement allowed, Mrs. Jenness was an avid golfer and tennis player as well as an avid traveler throughout her life.
Preceded in death by husband, Blair Jenness, and son, Blair L. Jenness.
She is survived by her daughter, Charlotte J. Foster (Bill Foster); her daughter-in-law, Mary Sue Jenness; her grandchildren, Lindsay Jenness Baydin (Alex Baydin), Blair Matthew Jenness (Melissa Jenness), Andrew McGowan (Patti McGowan), and Christopher McGowan (Audrey McGowan); four great-grandchildren, and her brother, Hugh T. Lindsay.
Memorial service for Virginia will be held on Friday, March 18, 4:00 PM at the Jones-Harrison Residence Chapel, 3700 Cedar Lake Ave., Mpls.
Private interment Lakewood Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Jones-Harrison Residence, 3700 Cedar Lake Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55416-4299.
David Lee Funeral Home