Virginia Lee Amato, 86, formerly from Reisterstown, a devoted mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, died on May 25, 2020. She passed peacefully in her sleep at Birch Manor Nursing Home in Sykesville after battling progressive Alzheimer disease for several years.
Born November 8, 1933, Ginny was the daughter of the late George A. and Francis C. Townsend. She was raised in Baltimore and spent her last years in her Reisterstown home before moving into assisted living in December 2017. Ginny spent her entire life cherishing and loving her kids. After graduating in 1951 from Forest Park High School in Baltimore, she worked at various jobs throughout her life, but her most important job was homemaker and mother to her four children. After her kids were in school, Ginny went to work full-time in logistics and operations at Sweet Heart/Maryland Cup Corporation in Owings Mills until she retired in 1996. For many years, Ginny enjoyed horseback riding, riding her bike, camping, sewing, working on home improvement projects and traveling to visit her kids and grandkids. Ginny really enjoyed weekend trips to Ocean City.
She is survived by her four children, Linda-Jean Card, William T. Newton, Eugene L. Massey and Angela C. Hamrick: her grandchildren and their families: Jaimee, Keith, Cassidy and Caleb Mullamphy; Christopher, Kate and Caden Massey; and Bethany Massey, as well as many nieces, nephews, and their families.
She was preceded in death by her only sibling John Melville Townsend.
Ginny was always a symbol of strength and hope to all those around her, with fierce determination and persistence that carried her through every challenge in her life. Above all, she was devoted to caring for her family. Ginny led a simple, but impactful life, staying true to her values and her personal beliefs which was the most valuable lesson she taught to her children.
A private memorial service will be planned for a later date. Memorial contributions can be made to the Maryland Alzheimer Organization at https://www.alz.org/maryland. More memory care facilities are desperately needed in Maryland.