1944 - 2021
Virginia (Ginny) Ann Brown, a resident of Redondo Beach for over 45 years, passed away peacefully at Torrance Memorial Hospital on August 9, 2021.

Born on April 29, 1944 in Bakersfield, CA to Lee and Marie Brown, she is survived by her younger sister, Lynn Brown, of Bakersfield. She was preceded in death by her older brother, Gerald "Jerry". Ginny is also survived by her life-long partner and best friend, Geronimo "Jerry" Sigala, of Wilmington.

Ginny was a graduate of Principia College in Elsah, Illinois and returned to the Los Angeles area where she received her teaching credential and Masters in Reading Instruction. She worked in Inglewood School District for 35 years, first teaching 4th and 6th grades at Highland and Warren Lane Schools and then as a Special Projects teacher and coordinator at Oak Street School for over 25 years. She was a thoughtful, get-it-done organizer and beloved leader and friend. Her students and fellow teachers learned from her caring nature and her dramatic ability to teach a lesson.

Ginny always had an adventurous spirit and a love of the outdoors. Her passion for skiing and for travel took her across continents and on 60 journeys throughout Europe, Asia, Latin and South America, and, especially of late, in the U.S. She had planned three future trips and was dreaming of her new escapades. She had a love of the arts in all forms: from theater, with season tickets to the OC and LA Music centers; to paintings, with annual pilgrimages to the Laguna Art Festival and Ojai Art Tour; in clothing – enjoying her wearable art; and in jewelry, especially her signature rings!

Besides her travels, Ginny was involved in many social and private activities, including Omnilore lifelong-learning, taking classes every semester for the past 12 years, book clubs, aqua aerobics through The Bay Club, reading, playing bridge, and enjoying many lunch get-togethers with her friends, especially the Oak Street School Lunch Bunch. As a loving and generous person, she gave donations to various causes in education, especially for young people, including AAUW Beach Cities Tech Trek camp scholarships and Adventure Unlimited Camps, among others. She had wonderful relationships with so many people and left an impact on everyone she met. We will always remember her smile, laughter and loving spirit. Your adventure has not ended, Ginny. Your spirit lives on… you are part of all of us.

A private Celebration of Life will be held on October 9th in Manhattan Beach. To honor Ginny, please donate to your favorite charity or, through Ginny's sister, Lynn Brown, to the Ginny Brown Literacy Fund for Oak St. School students which is currently being established. See Guestbook at
Published by The Beach Reporter on Sep. 30, 2021.
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I will always treasure Ginny in my heart as the best friend a person could have. Fun, patient, kind, realistic, level-headed and yet enthusiastic, willing to try almost anything - esp. in our early days together. Inspiration to many, an encourager, teacher, leader and confidant. I will miss you so much. To contribute to the Ginny Brown Literacy Fund for students of Oak St School in Inglewood that is currently being established, please write your check to Ginny´s sister, Lynn Brown, and send it to her at: 708 Mazatlan Dr. Bakersfield, CA 93314 or e-mail her for more info at: [email protected]
Terry Hays-Horner
October 12, 2021
Ginny was a very special person! I am glad to have know her as colleague and friend. She made Oak St School an amazing place of learning for both students and teachers.
Kathleen Cohl
October 9, 2021
The best friend anyone could ever have. Positive, helpful and caring in our everyday lives, and always ready for fun and chocolate.
Juanita Darsa
October 5, 2021
Ginny's smile, hugs, and wonderful laugh could brighten any bad day. I will miss her terribly.
Judy Koffroth
October 5, 2021
A wonderful lady to be around. We will miss her, but will always remember her friendship, support and stories. R.I.P.
Rich Horner
October 2, 2021
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