Virginia Hameline Clough

Virginia "Ginny" Hameline Clough

1933 - 2021

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Obituary of Virginia Hameline Clough

Virginia (Ginny) Hameline Clough died peacefully at her home in Lexington on Saturday May 15, 2021 surrounded by family. Born on September 17, 1933 in Utica, NY, she was the oldest child of the late Anne Maher and Joseph Hameline. She was graduated from Rome Free Academy in 1951 and the College of New Rochelle in 1955, with a degree in French. Whilst enjoying the beauty of the Adirondacks in and around Old Forge, NY, she met the love of her life, Shepard (Tony) Anthony Clough. She and Tony were married in 1956, moving to the Boston area, and giving birth to her first of six children in 1957. She leaves behind her husband of 65 years, Tony Clough, and her five surviving children, Mark Clough and daughter-in-law Lorraine Clough; Anne Clough; Margaret Ellen (Meg) Clough and son-in-law Barry Katz; Paul Clough and daughter-in-law Kelly Clough; and John Clough and daughter-in-law Lisa Clough. She had a special place in her heart for each of her 14 grandchildren: Daniel (and wife Shannon), Ben, Chris (and wife Lily), Louisa, Matthew, Grace (and fiancee Calum), Rachel (and husband Mika), Clara, Maria, Peter, Susan, Anthony, Anna and Sam. She is also survived by her three dearly loved siblings, Mary Judith Kane, Joseph Hameline II and John Hameline; and daughter-in-law Kerri Clough-Gorr. She was the mother of the late Peter Clough. In the early 1970s, she began a career as a Reading and Learning Disabilities Specialist in the Cambridge Public Schools. She attended Lesley College and Cambridge College, where she earned her Master’s degree in Education. For over 20 years, she helped to create a generation of readers at the Longfellow, King and Fitzgerald elementary schools by encouraging with praise - and plenty of Cheezits. Empathy, kindness and generosity abounded where Ginny was concerned. She was unselfishly giving with family, friends and strangers alike, always ready with a $20 bill to go, a warm meal, or an unusual trinket from her well-stocked “gift drawer.” She delighted in inviting those in need to her home – there was always an extra place at the table. Her greatest passion was whipping up a family gathering to celebrate each and every birthday in a special way - and every other event in between. She graced us with her superb and effortless cooking, always finding a way to everyone’s heart through their stomachs. Virginia’s other great joys were enjoying classical music at the Boston Symphony Orchestra as well as many other performing arts, congregating with her beloved book club, and traveling the world with her husband, especially in Europe. She was a founding member of the Great Lexington Adventure Society (GLADS), organizing many cultural outings and exotic food extravaganzas. For many years, she volunteered with Friends in Helping Service (FISH) Medical Transportation, serving/driving well into her 80s. She was also a long-time active member at the St. Brigid/Sacred Heart parishes in Lexington, and then later in the Catholic community at the Bethlehem Chapel at Brandeis University. She was also an enthusiastic member of Lexington At Home. Virginia also enjoyed games and possessed a very understated competitive streak. She often challenged family members to a game of Scrabble and, unapologetically and regularly, beat her grandchildren in Chinese checkers. Her loving, generous and forgiving spirit made the world a better place for all she touched in both her personal and professional life – and for those she spoke to, just because she could. A celebration of her life will be held on September 18th. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Peter B. Clough Scholarship Fund, 3500 Raymond Street, Chevy Chase, MD 20815 or via PayPal: pbc.fund@gmail.com or to Good Shepard Community Care Hospice in Newton, MA.