Virginia Worthington

[Age 76] She served as a medical librarian.

February 28, 2007|By Frederick N. Rasmussen | Frederick N. Rasmussen,Sun reporter

Virginia A. "Gin" Worthington, a medical librarian at Sinai Hospital and an active church member, died Saturday of thyroid cancer at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. The longtime Govans resident was 76.

Virginia Allenbaugh was born in Baltimore and raised on Augusta Avenue. She was a graduate of the old St. Martin's High School, and before her 1955 marriage to Daniel P. Worthington worked as a legal secretary at the Baltimore law firm of Miles & Stockbridge.

"She was responsible for typing the check which originally purchased the Baltimore Orioles," said a daughter, Kathleen R. Worthington of Federal Hill.

The couple settled into a rowhouse on Reverdy Road in Govans, where Mrs. Worthington lived the rest of her life. "She loved to tell people she was still living in her starter home," her daughter said.

Her husband, owner of the Jim Meyers food brokerage in Baltimore, was killed when he fell off a forklift in 1996.

In 1978, after raising her six daughters, Mrs. Worthington took a job as a library assistant at Sinai Hospital's Eisenberg Medical Library, where she worked until her death. Even while undergoing chemotherapy treatments, Mrs. Worthington could be found working in the library.

"Mom's strength and positive outlook sustained us during her chemo treatments," said another daughter, Dana W. Weaver of Houston. "While most cancer patients need support, Mom supported us during this difficult time."

Mrs. Worthington was a communicant for 51 years of St. Mary of the Assumption Roman Catholic Church in Govans, served on numerous parish committees and headed the history committee, which organized the church's annual Founder's Weekend.

"You would remember her if you met her for 30 minutes or 30 years," said the Rev. Edward Kenny, the church's pastor.

After a daughter, Virginia Worthington-Schardt, died of breast cancer in 2002, Mrs. Worthington became an active member of the Red Devils nonprofit organization that helps support families of breast cancer patients.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow at her church, 5500 York Road.

Also surviving are three other daughters, Mary W. Delfosse of Oakland, Calif., Margaret W. Prado of Raleigh, N.C., and Joan M. Worthington of Phoenix, Baltimore County; a sister, Mary G. Ziegler of Baltimore; and nine grandchildren.

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