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Ann Larson Ginway

2024-05-02

Ann Larson Ginway died peacefully May 2, 2024 at the age of 90, just weeks before her 91st birthday, in Fernandina Beach, FL with her daughters by her side.

Born Ann Bowman Larson, May 25, 1933 to Harold and Bertha Larson, she grew up in Metuchen, NJ with her older sister Jane and graduated from Metuchen HS in 1951. After graduating from Syracuse University, 1955 with BA in Fine Arts, she moved to New York City to work for F. Schumacher & Co. in fabric design and production oversight. Her artistic talent and interest continued throughout her life across many mediums, from mural painting, knitting, needlepoint, quilting and assorted unique craft ideas, working as an art teacher for the Church of the Heavenly Rest Day School in the early 1970s.

Married to John R Ginway (d. April 29, 2022) on October 12, 1957, they shared a devoted marriage over six decades. Together they raised three daughters, Mary Elizabeth Ginway, Leslie Gambee and the late Jennifer Ginway Mistrano. Ann was a fun-loving and active grandmother to Ingrid Ashbolt, Austin Gambee, Matthew McAllen, and Ellis Mistrano and great-grandmother to Henry Ashbolt.

John’s career with CBS took them to various places and Ann embraced the different locations they lived over the years including New York City, Lake Forest, IL, Carefree, AZ and their final years in Fernandina Beach, FL, but Mantoloking, NJ was always considered home. The family spent every summer from 1963 in their beach house creating many cherished memories over four generations.

Many who knew her appreciated her original and practical ideas in both design and function in her home and in her life. She was a natural environmentalist who started “reducing, reusing and recycling” in the 1970’s before it was seen as necessary. Her enjoyment of the world around her led her to become an avid cyclist, using it for everyday transportation, taking tours to support of the Chicago Lung Association, as well as a tour of England, and, at age 55, riding cross country from Oceanside, CA to St. Simons Island, GA.

Ann will be missed by her family and all who knew her. A celebration of life will be held at the family home in Mantoloking at a future date.

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