Ginny Benelius

Virginia “Ginny” Brown Bendelius, of Big Canoe and formerly of Dunwoody died peacefully at home on May 3.

Ginny was born on March 20, 1937 on Long Island, N.Y. She was the daughter of the late Charles Barclay Brown and Mildred Raggie Brown. She was preceded in death by her brother, Richard Brown. She is survived by her brother, Bruce Brown; her husband, Art Bendelius; her daughters, Linda Bendelius (Scott Powell), Bonnie Bendelius (Brian Harr), Heidi Mitchell (Danny Mitchell); her grandchildren, Matt Burkhalter, Blake Harr, Lindsay Simmons, Doug Mitchell, Ty Newlin, Kimberly Mitchell, Casey Newlin; as well as her five great grand-children, Kamiyah Mitchell, Douglas Simmons, Kiera Beacham, Kalvin Beacham and Laila Simmons; and many friends who loved her outgoing personality and strong spirit.

Ginny’s love of dance and theater began at the age of four and continued throughout her life. Her dedication and determination were prevalent when, as a teenager Ginny rode the subway into New York City for dance classes. Many of her instructors and fellow dance students went on to have successful careers on Broadway and in movies.

In 1957 she met her husband, Art, at the engagement party of her closest childhood friend, Jan. They were married in June of 1958 and spent the early years of their marriage in New Jersey. Three daughters and fifteen years later they moved to Dunwoody. While Art traveled the world designing tunnels, Ginny balanced being a wife and mother, chauffeuring her girls to their many activities including dance classes, soccer and music lessons. Her daughters shared her enthusiasm and love for the performing arts and Ginny was well known as a choreographer for Dunwoody High School drama productions, as well as a band booster club president. In her spare time, she could be found at the neighborhood pool club, “catching some rays,” reading, playing tennis and watching swim meets.

In 2002 Ginny and Art moved to Big Canoe where they enjoyed living the mountain life and traveling extensively, including visits to six of the seven continents, for the past 16 years.

Ginny will always be remembered as the woman who never met a stranger, who wore shorts year round and “Hooters Girls” socks, and carried a roll of Scotch tape wherever she went to set her hair.

Please join us for a celebration of Ginny’s life on Tuesday, July 17 at 6:30 p.m. at Stage Door Players, 5339 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody, GA 30338.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ginny’s name to the American Red Cross at redcross.org or Stage Door Players, stagedoorplayers.net.

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