Virginia Irene Nix

Virginia Irene Nix, 66, of Newport News passed away on June 12, 2023. Virginia was born in California but spent most of her life in Newport News, Virginia.  She was the daughter of the late Harold and Audrey Nix.  She was also preceded in death by her sister, Deborah Garner.

Virginia graduated from Ferguson High School. She was better known by family and friends as “Ginger.” Lowe’s Home Improvement was her “work home” for many years. She loved to give treats to the dogs that came through her line in the outdoor garden section. 

Virginia loved animals and rescued and fostered many over the years. Some of her favorite pastimes were shopping on QVC, enjoying a good Hallmark movie, and taking her grandkids to Busch Gardens.  

Ginger is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Amanda and Tommy Kellis; granddaughter, Abigail Kellis; and grandson, Thomas Kellis III. She is also survived by her brother, Larry Nix, and nephew, Walter Garner, as well as many other extended family members and dear friends. 
Those that knew Ginger know she hated being fussed over and would rather give than receive.  In lieu of funeral services, and to honor Ginger’s memory, we ask that all who wish to participate make a donation to the SPCA or any animal rescue organization. 


    • Kim and Johnny Glaude

      I am so sorry to hear of Ginger’s passing. My husband and I have been looking for her at Lowes. When we were there today we saw the memorial. I was heartbroken. She was so nice and always had doggie treats for our babies when we came in with them. We will miss her. We want to express condolences to her family and friends.

  1. Sharon Haislip

    I am so lost for words when I went into Lowes today and saw the memorial they have set up for Ginger.I am a customer of Lowes and She was the sweetest lady I have ever meet.I would stay in there we would have long conversations about our families and grandchildren you are a angel and will be truly missed by so many people

  2. Debbie Reddington

    There are not many words that I can type to express my friendship with Ginger. She would rather do for you than you do anything for her. She was caring and always would call me and say, “how was your day, kiddo?” I was with her Sunday morning at the hospital and when we got her back home, she seemed fine. We spent many days this year getting things in order for her retirement from Lowe’s. She kept telling me that her last day with Lowe’s was September 1st, 2023. I said why not August 31st, she said she wanted her last paycheck to be a full 80 hour check. I asked her “what difference is one day going to make?” I now know one day can make all the difference.

    Girl, thank you for your friendship through the years. It meant everything to me.
    I will miss you kiddo and I pray that you are at peace because if anyone deserves it, it’s you…

    Sincerely, Debbie
    Amanda, if you see this – please call me at 757-509-1273.

  3. Heidi Campo

    I am so sad and shocked to hear the news of Ginger’s passing. I did not know her on a personal level, just on a customer level, but she was always nice and willing to help me or any customers that I witnessed shopping at Lowes Garden center. She really made an impact just in all of the out pour of people that expressed sadness of her passing. I am too an animal lover and will donate to a rescue in her name. She will be missed by so many people. My condolences are with her family and friends and may she be at peace now.

  4. Mari Hickey

    So saddened to learn today that Ginger is gone. She was a truly kind person. I met her while working for the Commissioner of the Revenue and always looked forward to seeing her at Lowe’s. She will be missed by all who knew her. 💔

  5. Marlene Kent

    I just learned of Ginger’s passing, while working on my family History in I am so sorry for her family. I have known her, and parents, and siblings, for many years.
    From: your cousin in Michigan.
    Marlene Kent

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