Virginia 'Ginny' Mary Geary
Ginny’s last day was November 24th, 2021, after a difficult battle with Lewy Body Dementia.
Our ‘Nana’, as her grandson Noah called her, loved baking, cooking and her ‘five o’clock somewhere’ cocktail. She loved entertaining her friends and family at her home; it always seemed that you were welcome for a meal, a drink or just to talk.
Ginny was born on October 19th, 1947 in Brooklyn, N.Y. to Sarah Rose and Angelo Anthony Monaco, the first of 4 children. The family soon moved out of NYC and to the suburbs of Long Island, where she and her three younger brothers grew up (out in the ‘sticks’)
After graduating high school, she married Don Geary. They lived in upstate New York as well as Manhattan (THE CITY) and traveled the country in a VW pop up camper van. She was an executive assistant for an investment banking firm and loved the energy and ‘vibe’ of the big city life.
After a visit to Salt Lake City in 1977, they decided to make Salt Lake their home. In the spring of 1980, they welcomed their son Bryan into their world. Divorced after 23 years of marriage, Ginny reinvented herself, working multiple jobs to provide for her son. She loved her career with the Utah State Attorneys General office and retired to live the good life.
Ginny would always let you know she was Italian (even as a natural blonde) and dreamed of going to Italy. In 2013, she finally made it happen; the trip of her life time, with her best friends.
They traveled often to Oregon, California, Idaho, Colorado and most everywhere in Utah. She was always looking for the next trip and the next adventure with her ‘girls’.
Ginny would help out most everyone; she always made time to listen and give advice as needed and her friends and family would seek out Ginny for her balanced good counsel. Most evenings were spent on the phone talking to whoever needed her help. She was a most generous soul.
Ginny will be missed beyond measure by her son Bryan, his devoted wife Ana, their son Noah,
Andy and Alie and all of her family, friends and neighbors. It does seem to be true that the good die young. Her longtime friends (think ORS and her ‘adopted’ children) and especially those who visited her during her stay at the Spring Gardens will miss her spark, her goodness and her generosity. All of us will continue to love you sweet Ginny. We will miss you forever but will hope that you’re on a beach somewhere, drink in hand and with a beaming, beautiful smile on your face.
A celebration of Ginny’s life will be on Tuesday, December 7th, 2021 from 6-8 pm, at the Starks Funeral Parlor, 3651 South 900 East, Salt Lake City.