Virginia Ruth Hardiman (Ginger), 67, of Marietta, GA passed away on the morning of Saturday, September 8, 2018, as a result of complications from a two-year battle with pancreatic cancer. Born March 21, 1951 in Norfolk, VA she also lived in Bermuda, Annapolis MD, Fremont and Wilson, NC before attending North Carolina State University in Raleigh. While in college, she spent time volunteering at a school for the deaf. She graduated with a double Bachelor's degree in both Mathematics and Philosophy in 1973. Following graduation, Ginger moved to Atlanta where she worked for Bank Building Corporation and then in the mortgage industry for over 35 years. She was the co-owner of several successful mortgage broker businesses.
The oldest of four siblings, Ginger acted as the caretaker and organizer in the family - always putting the needs of her loved ones before her own. She was a loving and dedicated mother as well as a successful career-woman. She was also an active liberal democrat, feminist, and pacifist who believed that all people should have the right to obtain good quality healthcare and housing. Her best friend and roommate from college, Mar, recently described her perfectly: "Ginger is one of the strongest, most caring people I have known. I never saw her waiver from a belief nor turn her back on those she loved. Ginger was first a daughter, then a sister, a wife, a mother and for most of my life, a friend. With her wild hair and positive, outspoken ways, she introduced me to living in a dorm, showing passion for what she believed in, dating extremes (two dates on the same night!), and responsibility. We touched lives many times during the years. Ginger is in my heart and I choose to remember moments which brought us laughter and sisterhood.”
Ginger is survived by her father, Lawrence Hardiman III, daughter, Alexandra Ramirez, husband Paul Ramirez, sisters Terry Scott (Eden Scott) and Patty Azar (Nick Azar), brother Larry Hardiman IV, nieces Gale Scott Berman (Sean Berman), Maggie Scott, Deidre Azar Webber (Chris Webber), and Kelly Hardiman, and nephews Brandon Bonner and Larry Hardiman V, as well as her aunts, uncle, and cousins in Virginia, Tennessee, and North Carolina.
A memorial gathering will be held on Sunday, October 7th at Azalea Park - Pavillion 1 in Roswell from 3:30pm - 6pm. Please drop in at any time to meet Ginger’s family and share memories of her. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the National Pancreas Foundation (NPF) in Ginger’s honor. You may do so by donating directly through her daughter’s Marine Corp Marathon NPF Team fundraising page or at www.pancreasfoundation.org.