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Virginia (Jinney)` (Hawkey) Sceiford

May 29, 1929 ~ January 23, 2022 (age 92) 92 Years Old


Virginia (Jinney) Sceiford

 Virginia "Jinney" Hawkey Sceiford passed away peacefully at age 92 on January 26, 2022, at Brevillier Village in Erie, PA. She was born May 29, 1929, in Meadville, PA to the late Dr. Vincent and Grace Hawkey.

Jinney was a creative and curious soul, who beautifully expressed herself as an accomplished artist of all mediums: oil paintings, watercolor, pottery, and jewelry. After studying at Allegheny College in Meadville, PA, she received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from University of Texas-Austin.

She moved to Wilmington, NC nearly 40 years ago and, when she was in her seventies, received a North Carolina Arts Council Regional Artist Project grant to continue studying and working on her art. She organized and participated in many grassroots art shows and sales and had been an active member of the Wilmington Artist Guild.

Virginia also loved old places and played an important role in the restoration of the historic Academy Theater in Meadville, PA during the 1980s, researching and overseeing many aspects of interior design and materials. Following the restoration and reopening, she was named director of tours for the theater. She also served as a volunteer usher at Thalian Hall in Wilmington. She has inspired all her children to carry on her legacy of the creative arts.

A loving mother and grandmother, she will be sadly missed. She is survived by her children, daughter Lynn Scobell Muner, son Richard Sceiford and wife Rhonda, daughter Emily Sceiford Northway and grandchildren Pilar, Maisy, Grant, Jacob, Noah, and Benjamin. A celebration of her life will be held by her children on a later date. Memorials can be made to your local Arts Council or pet rescue.  Funeral arrangements are under the care of the W. Tad Bowers Funeral Home.  To send condolences, please visit


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