Carmel, CA — Virginia Lee Brimer Macleod (“Zinnia”) died unexpectedly at her home in Carmel, age 85. Born in Baltimore, Md., she was the elder daughter of Wallace Edward and Ruth (Noland) Brimer. She attended Mary C. Wheeler School and graduated from Bradford Junior College in 1947.
Blessed with a passion for music from an early age, she became an accomplished amateur pianist and was at her happiest while singing at the piano, around the house, and on long family drives. She sang with the Hingham (MA) Civic Chorus in the 1960s and later, the Choraleers of the Monterey Peninsula.
In March 1948 Virginia married Roderick Kingman Macleod and together they contributed four children to the post-war Baby Boom, raising their family in Hingham, Mass. She instilled in her children and grandchildren her lifelong love affair with language, and proudly sported a sweatshirt that declared her a Sesquipedalian.
During her lifetime, she supported and volunteered for many years as a counselor and later a board member for Planned Parenthood of Monterey County. She also served as a bereavement counselor for Hospice of the Central Coast and an office volunteer for AA in Monterey. Virginia was a devoted mother, loyal friend and compassionate volunteer.
Predeceased by her infant daughter Katherine, her husband of 35 years in 2010, and her dear friend and companion, Lorimer Woolley in 1993. Virginia is survived by her children, Virginia Westbrook of Crown Point, N.Y., Rick Macleod of Aptos, Calif., Samantha Macleod and her husband, Clifford Barker, of Marina, Calif.; and her grandsons, Benjamin and Samuel Westbrook and Timothy Thomson.
ARRANGEMENTS: Friends and family will gather at her home on Mother’s Day, May 12, 2013, to remember and celebrate her daily “gift of friendship” and take comfort in the fact that the last wish of her life was granted — a clean get-away! An observance will take place in New England this summer.
Memorial donations may be made to Hospice, Planned Parenthood or Compassion & Choices.