Virginia Fisk Colby

Virginia Fisk Colby, 97, of Greenwood, South Carolina, died on July 2, 2017.

Born in Flushing, New York, on Dec. 17, 1919, to Charles and Cara Lane Fisk, Mrs. Colby was known to family and friends as Ginny or Vee.

She graduated in 1942 from Radcliffe College, now part of Harvard University, and worked as a teacher during World War II at the Cathedral School in Washington, D.C. Near the end of the war, she returned to Flushing to work at a nearby hospital helping with the care of wounded veterans.

In 1948, she married Whitney C. Colby, a widower with five children including one who had been killed in action in Europe in 1945. The couple had first met in Piseco, a favorite vacation spot for both their families in the Adirondack Mountains. Mrs. Colby returned there almost every year from 1931 through 2011.

She moved to Whitney’s home in Montclair and the couple had two sons, Chuck and Tony. In the late 1950s she returned to teaching, first in the Montclair school system and later in nearby Verona, working as a reading specialist.

Mrs. Colby was widowed in 1963. In 1977, she married again, to Robert Cambreleng, and they made their home in Montclair until his death in 1986.

After retiring from teaching, Mrs. Colby moved to Greenwood to be close to her eldest son, Chuck, and his family. She spent the remainder of her life in Greenwood, including the last six years among friends at Sterling House, an assisted-living facility.

In both Montclair and Greenwood she volunteered her time and energy to various causes, ranging from literacy to feeding the hungry.

In addition to her two husbands, Mrs. Colby was preceded in death by her parents, her sister, Winifred, and her son, Dr. Charles Colby, as well as all the dear cousins she grew up with as a child.

She is survived by a son, retired Lt. Col. Anthony Colby of Birmingham, Alabama, and Piseco, New York, and his wife, Winkie; three grandchildren, Dr. Garrett Colby and his wife, Elaine, of Birmingham; Christina Colby of Greenwood; and Sarah Normandia and her husband, Erich, of Greenwood; four great-grandchildren; and her devoted daughter-in-law, Maureen Colby.

In addition she is survived by a niece, Jennifer Justice, and her husband, Michael, of Wales, UK; a nephew, Stephen Courtney, and his wife, Lisa, of Connecticut; a stepson, Mason Colby, and his wife, Pat, of Naples, Florida; and numerous great-nieces, -nephews, and other relatives and friends.

A funeral service will be held at the Church of the Resurrection in Greenwood on Sunday, July 23, at 2 p.m., followed by a reception in the parish house. There will be a private burial in the Adirondacks.

Memorial donations may be made to the Church of the Resurrection, 700 Main St., Greenwood, SC 29646, or the Greenwood Soup Kitchen, 929 Phoenix St., Greenwood, SC 29646.