Virginia 'Ginnie' Brame Story

Virginia ‘Ginnie’ Brame Story

Virginia “Ginnie” Brame Story of North Wilkesboro died peacefully Wednesday, May 19, 2021, at her home. Ginnie was born June 14, 1936, in North Wilkesboro to John Thomas Brame and Virginia Hix Brame. She graduated from Wilkes Central and attended Salem College and later the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Ginnie married Dr. William Robert Story of Wilkesboro on June 23, 1956, and they moved to Chapel Hill before embarking on a six-year adventure of Air Force travel. Their journey took them to many places during that time, including Silver Springs Md., Alvescot in Oxfordrshire, England and Alexandria Va. In 1965, they settled in Charlotte, where they remained until 2000. That year they both returned to North Wilkesboro, where they spent the remainder of their days.

In life, Ginnie was an avid reader, gardener, events flower arranger and patron of the arts. During the early 1970s, Mellany Delhom became her friend and mentor, educating her about ceramics and instilling in her a lifelong love of collecting. During her time in Charlotte, she was a member of the Mint Museum Auxiliary and served as chairwoman of its 1992 Antique Show. She was also a member of the Delhom Service League and the Ceramic Circle of Charlotte, serving as president of these organizations in 1977 and 1983 respectively. After returning to North Wilkesboro, she was on the board of the Wilkes Art Gallery and Wilkes Heritage Museum as well as a long standing third generation member of the Friday Afternoon Book Club, which had been established in 1910.

Ginnie was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Bob, and her parents, Jack and Ba-Ginnie.

She is survived by two children, William Robert Story Jr. and wife, Christine, of Matthews and Sandra Story Espin and husband, Jeff, of North Wilkesboro; four grandchildren, Caroline Story, Trey Story, Jack Espin and Sarah Espin; two brothers, John and Peter Brame of North Wilkesboro and her boyfriend of 13 years, Ken Reynolds, who could make her smile, even on her most difficult days.

All who knew Ginnie would describe her as a lady. She had a grace and dignity all her own.

Graveside services will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, May 22, 2021, at Mountlawn Memorial Park with Rev. Steve Snipes officiating. At a later date, the family will have a celebratory gathering with family and friends to honor Ginnie’s life.

In lieu of flowers, Memorials may be made to the Wilkes Art Gallery, 913 C St., North Wilkesboro, N.C., 28659. Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home is in charge of the services.

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The family wishes to thank Christie, Tonya, Erika, Bonnie and Ginger of Wake at Home Hospice who helped make Ginnie comfortable during her last days. Also, special care givers Ella and Lucille who brought additional comfort to Ginnie during this time.

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