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Lenore Granger Munger, resident of Ware Neck for the past 18 years, passed away Jan. 25, 2017 after suffering a subdural hematoma.

She was born in Meadville, Pennsylvania, Nov. 9, 1930 to Sarah (Price) and Robert Granger. 

As a child she excelled in school and pursued her love of learning at the College of William and Mary. There she met John Munger in freshman English and they began their lifetime partnership. They married in 1952 at the start of their senior year. John’s military service, studies, and career took them to Kentucky, Boston, Massachusetts, and eventually the Chicago area.

In addition to raising four children, Lenore spent her life in service. In Country Club Hills, Illinois, she taught elementary school, established a cooperative preschool, helped establish the Girl Scouting program, sold books, and participated in countless activities with United Christian Church.

In Virginia, she was a member of Ware Episcopal Church. She completed a four-year lay ministry certificate program through the University of the South. She was active in the local William and Mary alumni association. The North River Circle of the International Order of The King’s Daughters and Sons, the Gloucester Woman’s Club, and the D.A.R. were important activities, as was volunteering at the Gloucester-Mathews Care Clinic.

Lenore loved traveling. The family took road trips to national parks all over the country and to visit family, often camping along the way. A highlight was a canoe outing she and John took in the Everglades. When John retired, they began a series of international adventures, often with William and Mary alumni groups, including trips touring England and climbing Tikal in Guatemala.

Lenore had a special passion for reading and filled her house with books. She was an avid book club member. Spending time with friends and family and entertaining were also important. She maintained beautiful gardens at her homes in Illinois and Virginia and passed on a love for nature and flowers to all of her children. She was an especially giving person. She was a regular participant in her churches’ prayer chains.

She is survived by her husband, John; her children, Robert (Carolyn), Adele Mathieu (Jeffery), Virginia Field (Gregory), and Janet (Gregory Zura); siblings Albert, Robert, Sallie and William; her seven grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

A visitation was held at Andrews Funeral Home Gloucester, from 1:30-3 p.m. Jan. 31. A service was held at Ware Church on Feb. 1 at 1 p.m., followed by a reception in the church hall.