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[caption id="attachment_6452" align="alignleft" width="747"]Ginny Humphrey led the way for career women. Ginny Humphrey led the way for career women.[/caption]

Ginny Humphrey helped blaze a trail for women in the workforce

In 1950, Ginny Humphrey was one of only a handful of women to graduate from Bowling Green State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. In post-war America, women were expected to lead lives of domesticity, even though many had gone to work during World War II. By the end of the war, only 10 percent of married women with children under the age of 6 held jobs or were seeking them.

Ginny was different. With her degree in hand, she pursued not just a job, but a career in the insurance industry, while married and raising four children.

Ginny’s daughters shared her story with us to honor her during Women’s History Month, which is celebrated every March. Ginny has lived at Newton Presbyterian Manor since 2015.

After her children were grown, Ginny became a widow at the age of 51. She then embarked on a second act with another successful 20 years of work at Prairie View in the fields of information technology and business administration.

Ginny was a devoted volunteer for the Presbyterian Manor community for many years before she came to live here. She served on the Advisory Board for two terms and managed gift shop activities. She tirelessly volunteered and co-led our annual Apple Blossom Festival for more than a decade.

At First Presbyterian Church, Ginny held leadership roles in women’s circles, advisory groups and social networks. She also taught Sunday school, served on the Pastoral Search Committee and was ordained as an elder of the church. After retirement, she continued to volunteer, and enjoyed sewing, quilting and gardening. She was able to travel and spend time with her five grandchildren.

Newton Presbyterian Manor has long been home for the Humphrey family, going back to the 1970s. Ginny’s mother-in-law and mother were residents after both moving from Ohio. This was a great benefit for Ginny to be able to spend time with her folks during the latter part of their lives.

Ginny is very thankful for the care and support she receives from the devoted nursing staff. We are happy to call her our friend and neighbor!

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