Virginia May (GINI) Handley

26 Nov 1948 - 01 Jun 2019

Virginia May (GINI) Handley

26 Nov 1948 - 01 Jun 2019

HANDLEY, Virginia (Gini)

Our beautiful Gini fought breast cancer with courage and great dignity for nearly 10 years but finally found peace on June 1 st surrounded by her family. She threw everything at it, never gave up and never had a single complaint. She unreservedly loved and was loved by Richard (Rick), Kit and Angela with Charlotte and Jimmy, Georgie and Angus with Scarlett and Sasha, Nicky and Tom with Tilly and Henry…. and all of her friends and Chalky.

Messages for Gini’s family may be left on her tribute page at .  In preference to flowers donations to Hospice Taranaki would be appreciated and may be left at the service.

A celebration service for Gini will be held at Eagars Te Henui Chapel, 174 Lemon Street, New Plymouth on Thursday 6 June 2019 at 2.00pm, a private cremation will be held.


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Richard - We are very sorry to hear of Gini's passing. Warmest regards to you and the family.

Peter, Ben, and Bianca Broad ( 12 Jun 2019 )

A light has gone from our lives... we prayed daily for Ginni to beat the dreaded C but it was not to be...such a beautiful person, with a special spirit! dont think I ever heard her say a bad word about anyone....
we first met Ginni and Rick in Honiara nearly 50 years ago - so full of fun and ready to take on challenges - we had so many happy times together - than met up later in Nepal and visits to New Zealand. Always a fashion icon - even in her dark days she would make an effort to spruce up!!
To Rick and her family, whom she adored, we send you our dearest love at this difficult time.... Ginni will be watching over you all - she is only in another dimension - close to you in the spiritual world, where there is no pain, only lightness and peace..
Rest well darling Ginni - we will all be joining you in the future!

Bruce and Keithie Saunders ( 10 Jun 2019 )

Dear Richard and Family,
We are greatly saddened to learn of Gini’s passing away. She was an amazing lady and we will all miss her a lot. She left an unforgettable impression on all of us including our daughter Aurelia. Gini gave her “Hooray for Fish”, which has became her favourite book. The pages are tattered as we read it everyday and take it everywhere with us. Sending you our Love. Steivan, Arnika and Aurelia.

Steivan & Arnika Juvalta ( 09 Jun 2019 )

Rick and family,
My love and understanding for you all at this time of sadness.
What happiness and enthusiasm for life Gini showed, always.
She was the one person I would choose to spend time with, thinking of her I am smiling.
Her visit here in Rotorua recently demonstrated her generosity, time spent on my deck, laughing and sharing life. She was loving being with all her family celebrating long marriage and love. I love her.
Peace Perfect Peace Gini.
Arohanui , Sue.

Susan Currie ( 08 Jun 2019 )

Dear Richard,

So sorry to read of Gini's passing and knowing of the difficult time she had to experience.

My thoughts are with you and your famiily.

With sympathy,

Tony Chadwick

Tony Chadwick ( 07 Jun 2019 )

Dear Richard

Can I please extend to you and your family my sincere condolences on the passing of Gini. To say we were shocked on learning this is the understatement of the year. Gini was such a joyous person and someone it was always a pleasure to be around. It would seem from the notice you put in the paper that she even managed her illness with aplomb. I know just what that means because my 98 year old mother has just come through a serious illness and the courage required to face something like that head on is huge - we still have her with us but inevitably that can’t be for long.

Richard, I just cannot imagine (or perhaps I can) just how much pain you will be in just now, but how glad I am to know that you have family around you, whether close or distant (thank goodness for Skype and Face Time), to give you support - and all those lovely grandchildren you now have. Please know that David and I are thinking of you very much right now.

We hope you were strengthened and comforted by all those who attended Gini’s funeral today and that that continues in the days and weeks that lie ahead. Perhaps some time in the future you might feel able to contact me. I have included my email address to that end.

Gentle Blessings and very Best Wishes


Marilyn and David Wrigley
Phone +64 9 416 9203
David (021) 626 682
Marilyn (021) 2424880

Marilyn and David Wrigley ( 06 Jun 2019 )

Richard - My thoughts are with you and your family today as you farewell your much loved Gini.

Kind Regards
Carol Fulton (ex WITT)

Carol Fulton ( 06 Jun 2019 )

Rick, We were very sorry to hear of the passing of Gini such a lovely person. Chris and Margaret Thomas who are in England asked us to pass on their condolences. I was able to contact many of the old team and am sure they will be in contact. It seems such a long time ago we planted the shelter belts on Horrells Rd. Thinking of you and your family. Tim & Kate

Tim & Kate Johnston ( 05 Jun 2019 )

It takes a minute to find a special person, an hour to appreciate them and a day to love them, but it takes an entire lifetime to forget them... Gini you will remain in our thoughts forever. Love Marley and Peter

marley and peter harries ( 05 Jun 2019 )

Dear Richard, Kit and families,
We were really sad to hear the news. Gini was a lovely lady with a gracious presence, clearly adored by you all. Thinking of you at this tough time - and particularly of Kit and Angela. Love the Foys.

Sarah and Warwick Foy ( 05 Jun 2019 )

Dearest cousin Rick and family,
Gini was the sweetest of souls, and my heart is with you at this sad time.
I send all my love and deepest condolences,

Jess Oakenstar ( 05 Jun 2019 )

Richard and family
From the words of a Navajo song
“Walk on a rainbow; walk on a trail of song, and all about you will be beauty. There is a way out of every dark mist, over a rainbow trail.”
Good bye to a beautiful spirit.

Helen Fuscic ( 05 Jun 2019 )

Dear Richard .
So very sad to learn oh Gini’s passing. My deepest sympathy to you and your family at this sad time. Jan Mason

Jan Mason ( 05 Jun 2019 )

Dear Rick and Family,
Very sad news hearing of Gini's passing. It was wonderful seeing her and Susie here in Mapua in January, she had such spirit and I thought about their visit for many days afterwards.
Condolences to you and all the family, Kim.

Kim Bowie ( 04 Jun 2019 )

Dear Richard, Kit and Angela, Georgie and Angus and families,
We are so sad to hear that Virginia has died, cherished wife and life companion, mother and grandmother. We send you our condolences. Our love is with you in our thoughts and the prayers, sadly we cannot be with you as you farewell Gini as we are out of town at the moment.

In loving thoughts
Bruno and Kathi Egli

Wherever a beautiful soul has been …
There is a trail of beautiful memories.

Bruno and Kathi Egli ( 04 Jun 2019 )

Dear Rick and family - Terribly sad news this week after Gini had fought so bravely and with traditional - dare I say 'Bowie'? - stoicism. She was a terrific
inspiration to have endured so much for so long. Her cheerful demeanour and attitude will never be forgotten. We're thinking of you and the whole family with great affection.

John & Rosie Bowie ( 04 Jun 2019 )

Rick my sincere sympathies to you and your family on your loss of Gini. That insidious bloody cancer has claimed another wonderful lovely lady.

David R Kershaw ( 04 Jun 2019 )

Hi Richard and family - I first met Gini painting lounge curtaiins! We shared a love of art and interior design. We will all miss her and I know she would especially ask us to look after Angela at this time.
Love Pamela

Pamela Jefferies ( 04 Jun 2019 )

Dear Rick, it is with sadness that I hear of your loss, please know my prayers will be for you and for your family at this time. I will never forget the warmth you put into your words whenever you spoke about your beloved “Gini” when I happened to be in your company. You always managed to convey to me that your relationship with her was something very special.
I am not often in New Plymouth but will try to catch up with you next time I am there. If you ever happen to be in a Palmerston North it would be nice to hear from you. My phone here is 3555268.

Michael Vanderpump

Michael Vanderpump ( 04 Jun 2019 )

Dear Richard, My sincere condolences to you and your family at this sad time.Thinking of you and sending lots of love. Regards Pam

Pam Street /Clifton Community Board ( 04 Jun 2019 )

To Rick, and Gini’s amazing supportive family
Our thoughts are with you. Gini was a true example of how to handle adversity so positively. She was always kind, friendly, empathetic and oh how elegant.
Our very deepest sympathy. Colleen & Ross

Colleen & Ross Madgwick ( 04 Jun 2019 )

To Richard and family
My deepest sympathy on the loss of Gini. May your family and friends provide solace and support during this sad time.
Kindest regards Graeme Hall

Graeme Hall ( 04 Jun 2019 )

Dear Rick and family,
We are so sad to hear of Gini's passing so soon after our visit. Such a bright light has been extinguished! Gini was a beautiful example of courage and selflessness and we will not forget her. Our memories of happy times as families in the Solomon Islands are very precious. We are sorry we will be unable to share in the celebration of her life as Rebecca and the boys will be arriving from Johannesburg later today for a brief visit.
Much love and sympathy to you all.
Bev and Murray Phillips and family

Bev and Murray Phillips ( 04 Jun 2019 )

I am so sorry to hear of Gini’s passing. My deepest sympathy to you and your family Richard.
Jacqui Paul

Jacqui Paul ( 03 Jun 2019 )

Dear Richard and family, my deepest sympathy in the passing of Gini. I didn't meet Gini but Richard when you spoke of her it was always with kindness and love. Now you have your family for support and special memories of Gini.

When you feel able we look forward to your return to the Chums Club.

Kind regards.

Mike Merrick

Mike Merrick ( 03 Jun 2019 )

Hi Rick,
Sincere condolences to yourself and family on the passing of Gini. We have lovely memories of how much you both made us so welcome on arriving in Honiara all those years ago.
Our thoughts are with you.
Kind regards,


Wayne and Tina Butler ( 03 Jun 2019 )

So sorry to hear of beautiful Gini’s Passing; our heartfelt condolences to Rick and all the family as well as Chalky

Belinda and Ken Chapman ( 03 Jun 2019 )

Dear Richard and family - my deepest sympathy - Liz Shaw

Liz Shaw ( 03 Jun 2019 )

Dear Richard and family, I am so sad to hear about Gini. What an amazing woman, and such a fighter! All the very best and much aroha to you. Kia kaha. Hilary Bennett.

Hilary Bennett ( 03 Jun 2019 )

Sorry to hear about Gini, please accept our sympathy and best wishes.

Brian & Lynne Hedley ( 03 Jun 2019 )

Richard and family , please accept our deepest and most sincere condolences on the loss of your Gini. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. May she Rest In Peace with our Father in heaven. Amen.

Sam and Donna Bennett ( 03 Jun 2019 )

A very brave and beautiful person, a wonderful friend for a too shorter time.

Gini will be missed but certainly not forgotten.
My thoughts are with Rick and the family.

Jenny Shackleton ( 03 Jun 2019 )

Thinking of Rick and all the Handley family especially on Thursday. Special blessings and love. A great fun loving beautiful lady with a great love of her family and grandies. A battle well fought and now at rest. Fondest memories. Love Dawn and John Buxton

Dawn Buxton ( 02 Jun 2019 )