LARGO, Fla. —
Virginia L. “Ginger” (Captain) Hart of Largo, Fla., formerly of Cochranton, an honored elder of the Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma, joined the Great Spirit on Jan. 30, 2013. She was born Sept. 2, 1930, a daughter of Thomas and Florence (Longon) Captain. Married to Harold G. Hart on Dec. 13, 1973, he survives.
Ginger was an avid bowler, gardener and a member of the Honda Gold Wing Riders Association. She had a creative spirit, which she shared through her sewing, cooking, decorating, silk screening and ceramics. Her roots in her Native American heritage were strong and deep. She believed in the traditions of family and loyalty. These served as a foundation for our whole family.
In addition to her loving husband of 39 years, she is survived by her three children, Charlotte Welch and Joni Welch of Largo, Fla., and John Welch and his wife, Trish, of Tucson, Ariz.; three stepchildren, Robin Hart Green, and Randy Hart and his wife, Lori, of Edinboro, and Richard Hart of Blooming Valley; 13 grandchildren, Angela Hayward, Shawn Hayward, Dominic Welch, Ian Welch, Mia Faith Welch, twins Ty and Gage Welch, Kelly Green, Michael Green, Taiya Fallon, Carly Quiggle, David Hart and Thomas Hart; and six great-grandchildren, Arianna Hayward, Cayson Hayward, Isley Fallon, Shaffer Fallon, Brooke Hart and Brandon Hart. She is also survived by a sister, Marjorie “Sue” (Captain) Kropp of Quapaw, Okla. Her kind, caring and loving spirit will hold a special place in our hearts.
In addition to her parents, Ginger was preceded in death by two sisters, Stella Mae Captain and Thelma (Captain) Sullivan; and six brothers, Leo, Thurman, John, Charley, George “Buck” and Dennis “Sandy” Captain.
A Shawnee Prayer: “So live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart. Trouble no one about their religion; respect others in their view, and demand that they respect yours. Love your life, perfect your life and beautify all things in your life. Seek to make your life long and its purpose in the service of your people. Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide. Always give a word or a sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend, even a stranger when in a lonely place. Show respect to all people and grovel to none. When you arise in the morning, give thanks for the food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies only in yourself. Abuse no one and no thing, for abuse turns wise ones to fools and robs the spirit of its vision. When it comes your time to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with the fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again, in a different way. Sing your death song and die like a hero going home.” — Chief Tecumseh, Shawnee Nation.
A memorial service will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. at Garden Sanctuary Funeral Home, 7950 131st St., Seminole, Fla., (727) 391-0121.
There will be an announcement at a later date with the time and place of a memorial service to be held locally.