Our family has sadly lost our Mother, Sister, Aunt, Cousin, and Friend to Many.
Virginia Elizabeth Gant, the daughter of the late Isaiah, Sr. and Mary Martha Ladson Gant, was born on December 29, 1941 in Walterboro, SC. She accepted Christ in her youth growing up in Mt. Zion AME Church. Upon graduation; Virginia moved to Boston, MA then to Newark, NJ where she spent most of her adult life. She then joined and served at Israel Memorial AME Church. She was a member of Stewardess Board #2. Though serving where she lived, she consistently supported the church of her rearing, honoring the strong spiritual foundation of faith instilled.
She moved with her daughter to Raleigh, NC a few years ago after becoming ill. Stricken with the Covid-19 virus during this historic pandemic of 2020, she fought valiantly until God granted her the ultimate victory over pain and suffering. She passed from this life to a better life to be with her Precious Savior on the early morning of May 14, 2020 while in the care of Wake Medical Center. She was surrounded by an atmosphere of Love, Prayers, Praise and Worship. Once again Isaiah and Martha were reunited with their baby girl and are still celebrating her arrival home.
Virginia, affectionately known as “Gin”, taught many valuable life lessons in her sassy unique style. She always acknowledged others, never missing an opportunity to share the least little act of kindness demonstrated towards her and she’d never forget a pleasant smile, a gentle “hello”, or a door being held open for her. In her own sweet fashion, she consistently expressed sentiments of gratitude to others. She strived to make sure everyone knew family connections, keeping everybody informed on how they were related. She often began her conversations with: “Do you remember...”, prompting others to recall conversations or reminiscence on memories that we could hold near and dear in our hearts to share with future generations.
Her memory was sharp, she never missed anyone’s birthday; calling or sending a card, often with a token of love tucked inside.
She cherished conversing with strangers on the train or bus. By the time she arrived to her destination, they were no longer strangers and she had figured a way to say that they were family or a friend.
She leaves to cherish her memory four beloved children, Michael (Mike), Timothy (Jack), Jacquelyn (Jackie), and Gwendolyn (Gwen); two loving siblings, Isaiah Jr. (Lillie Ree) and Margaret, (Bernard); four adoring grandchildren; Ashley, Lenair, Shavona, DeAndre and Tameekah (Tammie); and three adored great-grandchildren, Antwone, Aslyssia, and Aaliyah along with numerous other family and friends. Virginia’s grandchildren were the joy of her life, she took advantage of every opportunity to share their accomplishments and express how proud she was of them.
121 Psalm KJV
I will lift up my eyes to the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth. He would not suffer thy foot to be moved: He that keepeth thee will not slumber. Behold He that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber or sleep.
The Lord is thy Keeper: The Lord is thy Shade upon thy right hand. The sun shall not smite thee by day nor the moon by night. The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: He shall preserve thy soul thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, ever forever.
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