Obituary of Virginia Doxtater
Virginia (Ginny) Miller was born on July 23, 1925 in Schoharie County, New York. Her parents were Charles Miller and Marie (Roese) Miller and she was raised in Brooklyn, New York, until she was about eight years old. The family permanently moved to the countryside near Middleburgh, New York where her maternal grandparents and aunt and uncle also lived. Ginny graduated from Middleburg High School in 1943.
Ginny was an extremely creative and multi-talented woman. Her creativity started at an early age with drawing and music. She took advanced art and music classes in high school and created many exquisite drawings and paintings in her late teens and early adulthood. She also was talented in voice and acting. She performed in many dramatic plays and musical productions throughout her life.
She married Walter Horatio Potter on November 29, 1947 in Saugerties, NY and they spent their first few married years in Kingston, NY, where their only daughter, Sherril (Sherry) Beth Potter was born in 1949. The family moved from the Hudson Valley to LaFargeville in Northern New York in 1951.
During her years in Northern New York, Ginny was an accomplished singer and performed as a soloist in churches and at many banquets, concerts, variety show sand occasional weddings in the Watertown area. She particularly enjoyed challenging classical operatic pieces. Ginny beautifully sang all her performances with exquisite skill and intense emotion and passion.
After the death of her husband, Walt, in 1964, she became remarried to Milton Rogers Doxtater of Evans Mills and they moved to Perch Lake Road, near Brownville, N.Y. in 1967.Ginny and Milt were very active in the Brownville and Watertown community theatres for several years. In 1974, Ginny and Milt participated in a week long acting workshop presented by the New York State Community Theatre Association at the 1000 Island Summer Theatre in Alexandria Bay, New York.
During the late 1960's through the 1980's, Ginny was the advertising manager for Empsall's Department store. Ginny placed and managed store advertising in the Watertown Daily Times and on local television and radio stations. She often created the artwork for the newspaper advertising as well as the copy for radio "spots" and the window displays for Empsall's.
Ginny also taught courses in advertising at Jefferson Community College for several years, as part of a vocational program directed by Vince Dee. She particularly enjoyed teaching and often fondly reflected upon the relationships she shared with her students.
After Milt's death in 2004, Ginny moved to Longmont, Colorado in 2007. Ginny passed away on New Year's Day, January 1, 2017 at Longmont United Hospital. Besides her husbands, she was preceded in death by her parents her half-sister Pauline (Miller) Spickerman and her half-brother, Herbert Miller. She is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Charlene and Joe Gorzynski ;her daughter, Sherril (Sherry) Potter and son-in-law William (Bill) Fries; grandson, Marcus (Mark) Jagaciewski; granddaughterand grandson-in-law, Angela (Jagaciewski) and Ken Sheppard, and great-grandchildren, Katherine, Alexis, Lillian and Jacob Sheppard, and cousins, nieces and nephews.
Ginny had a deep and lifelong love of animals, especially dogs. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations will be collected for the Longmont Humane Society and The Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg, Colorado. You may mail your donation to the "Estate of Virginia Doxtater," c/o Sherril Potter, 303 East Lucerne Drive, Lafayette, CO 80026. A commemorative plaque will be placed at the Longmont Humane Society.
A memorial celebration, attended by friends and caregivers, was held in Ginny's home in Longmont, Colorado on January 11th. A simple burial will be held at the Grove Cemetery in LaFargeville, New York on May 15, 2017; and a graveside memorial for friends and family will be held in July. Arrangements are with Johnson Funeral Home, Dexter, New York.
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