Funeral services for Virginia “Jinny” Gebhart will be on Friday, April 26 at 10 a.m. the First Presbyterian Church in Greybull. Jinny passed away peacefully April 21 at Bonnie Bluejacket Memorial Nursing Home where she had resided for the past 3 ½ years.
Viewings will be Thursday evening from 4-7 at Atwood Family Chapel in Greybull and Friday morning from 9:30 – 10 a.m. at the Presbyterian Church.
She was born Jan. 19, 1919, in Halifax County, Va., the daughter of John Lovelace Cole and Elizabeth Lovelace Cole. The youngest of seven children, she was raised in Virginia and was a true “Southern Belle.”
She married Earl “Eddie” Gebhart on Feb. 22, 1947. This brought her out west to Wyoming. Her “Mamma” thought there was no indoor plumbing and hesitated for her “baby” to come west, but once she was living here, her family all showed up and loved Wyoming as much as Jinny did.
Jinny and Eddie moved to Greybull in 1959. She provided many a meal at the Greybull Bowling Alley lunch counter before she went to work in the principal’s office at Greybull High School. She worked at the high school for 25 years and truly loved all of the high school kids.
An avid Greybull Buff fan, she spent hours and hours sitting on the bleachers at sporting events. She wouldn’t have had it any other way; it was the love of her life.
Jinny is survived by two daughters and a son-in-law, Jinny Lynn Downing of Centennial, Colo., and Jeff and Janet Johnson of Greybull; one son and daughter-in-law, Jerry and Linda Gebhart of Wheatland; her sister, Mable Barnes in Virginia; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren and several nephews and nieces.
Burial will be in the Donald J. Ruhl Memorial Cemetery. Following the burial, a luncheon for family and friends will be held at the Greybull Elks Lodge.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Big Horn Federal, Box 471, Greybull, WY 82426. Proceeds will go to the First Presbyterian Church.