(By Delegates Westfall and Ashley)

[Introduced March 29, 2013]



Commemorating the life of the Honorable Virginia Rae “Ginny” Starcher, educator, civic leader, and public servant.

    Whereas, Virginia Rae “Ginny” Starcher was born on February 23, 1930, in Wheeling, Ohio County, West Virginia, the daughter of Roy William and Ella Rae Lowe Jolliffe; and

    Whereas, Ginny Starcher was educated in Cameron, Marshall County, West Virginia schools and she received a Bachelor and Masters of Arts from West Virginia University, where she also taught briefly; and

    Whereas, Ginny was married to Harold E. “Punk” Starcher, Jr. and they were the proud parents of one son, Mark L., and one daughter, Ann R., and the loving grandparents of John E. Starcher and Margaret R. Starcher; and

    Whereas, Virginia Starcher worked in Washington, DC, at the Library of Congress and the then newly created CIA. She also taught in Ripley, Jackson County, West Virginia, and Schenectady, New York, high schools, and WVU-P in Ripley, West Virginia; and

    Whereas, In 1986, Ginny Starcher was the first woman elected to the West Virginia House of Delegates representing Jackson County and a portion of Mason County and she was subsequently reelected for a second term in 1988; and

    Whereas, Ginny Starcher was an organizing member of the First Presbyterian Church of Ripley, where she served as a session member and a Sunday school teacher. In addition, she was the first woman to be elected to the County Commission in Jackson County, West Virginia; and

    Whereas, Virginia Starcher’s numerous community affiliations included President of the Jackson General Hospital Auxiliary and she was a member of the Jackson County Library and Health Department Boards. She also belonged to the GFWC, Pilot Club, Jackson County Democrat Woman’s Club and the Ripley Garden Club; and

    Whereas, Sadly, the Honorable Virginia Rae “Ginny” Starcher passed away on December 19, 2012; therefore, be it

    Resolved by he House of Delegates of the West Virginia Legislature:

    That the House of Delegates hereby commemorates the life of the Honorable Virginia Rae “Ginny” Starcher, educator, civic leader and public servant; and, be it

    Further Resolved, That the House of Delegates hereby extends its sincere sympathy at the passing of the Honorable Virginia Rae “Ginny” Starcher; and, be it

    Further Resolved, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates forward a copy of this resolution to the family of the Honorable Virginia Rae “Ginny” Starcher.