Ellen Virginia ‘Ginny’ Pepper, loved to have fun

June 23, 2020

Ellen Virginia “Ginny” Pepper, 101, of Georgetown passed away peacefully at home Sunday, June 21, 2020. Ginny was born in Milton, daughter of the late John Edward and Bertha Ann (Smith) Johnson.

Ginny graduated from Milton High School class of 1936 and furthered her education at Goldey’s business school, graduating in 1938.  She worked for many years as a secretary with Indian River School District and retired in 1984.  

One evening while attending services at Carey’s Camp, Virginia met Alfred Leroy Pepper.  Leroy would later become her husband with whom she shared a loving 37 years before his passing.  Never one to sit still, Ginny was an active member for many years at Grace U.M. Church in Georgetown, as well as the Mary Rebekah Lodge #15 where she held many chairs including president and state noble grand.  

Virginia loved to have fun; she enjoyed playing games including Scrabble and word scrambles, but her favorite activity was dressing for Halloween; including this past October she wore an orange costume with cats to a doctor’s appointment.  Her costumes over the years included Dolly Parton, Tiny Tim, Sonny and Cher (she was Sonny), and numerous others.

Virginia is survived by her four children, Steven Pepper of Mesa, Ariz., Janice Owens of Georgetown, Martha Callaway (Noble III) of Bridgeville and Donna Rogers (Phil) of Millsboro; 12 grandchildren, Mike Pepper, Carey Pepper, Mark Pepper, Terry Pepper, Cindy Adkins (Ace), Jeff Foskey (Tina), Amos Noble Callaway IV (Kara), Vance Callaway (Deborah), Kevin Taylor (Lori Gray), Pepper Fausnaught (Jay), Chad Rogers (Kelly), and Josh Rogers; 25 great-grandchildren, 16 great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Bernice Marsh of Georgetown; several nieces, nephews, and extended family.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Ginny’s caretaker, Mrs. Lisa Wilson Pugliese, for her love, care and support for Ginny and the family

A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m., Friday, June 26, at the Grace U.M. Church, 7 S. King St., Georgetown.  A time of visitation for family and friends will be held from noon to 1 p.m.  Burial will immediately follow at Union Cemetery.  Those attending must wear a mask and adhere to social distancing and gathering protocols.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions in Virginia’s memory to Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963, or Grace U.M. Church, 7 S. King St., Georgetown, DE 19947.

Arrangements in the care of Short Funeral Services, Georgetown.  Online condolences are welcome for the family at






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