Virginia “Ginny” Chase Kelly

Virginia “Ginny” Chase Kelly passed away on Tuesday, September 21, 2021. She died peacefully, surrounded by members of her family. She was a special woman, loved by many and she will be sorely missed.

She was born in Atlanta Georgia, on July 21, 1938. Called “Ginny-Boo” by her father, she was one of 2 children born to Charlie Chase and Bitsy Cox Chase. She went to North Fulton High School, before attending college at Wesleyan in Macon Georgia, and then graduating from Oglethorpe University in Brookhaven Georgia, with a degree in education. Over the course of her life, she taught school, was a horse trainer, riding instructor, and show horse rider, and a licensed social worker in both Georgia and Florida. She was exceptionally and multi-talented, a singer in shows and choirs and a performer on the stages of many community theaters. She raised 5 children, all of whom grew to be successful adults and all had children of their own. Called “Nana” by her 11 grandchildren, she loved being a grandmother, and her grandchildren loved her. She will be remembered for many things but mostly for her love, her creativity, and her passing will leave a vacuum in the hearts of those who knew and loved her. And so, it is with great sorrow and respect that we note her passing and honor her life.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Lee Amason, and a daughter-in-law, Cricket Amason.

Surviving are her husband, Edward “Pat” Kelly of Cornelia; brother, Charles “Buzz” Chase, Jr. of Marietta; son Allen Amason, of Statesboro, son Andy & Carole Amason, of Valona, son, Matthew & Erica Amason, of Richmond Hill; daughter Bitsy & Kurt Bernat, of Conifer, Colorado; daughter-in-law Tia Amason, of Acworth; 11 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, a niece and a nephew.

A celebration of life service is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Sunday, September 26, 2021, at Clarkesville Baptist Church, with Rev. Grady Walden officiating.

Those in attendance are asked to please adhere to the public health and social distancing guidelines regarding COVID-19.

An online guest register is available and may be viewed at

McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home of Cornelia, Georgia (706/778-8668) is in charge of arrangements.

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