Virginia McKee, 90, had lived in Sherman
Published 10:10 am, Thursday, February 14, 2013
Virginia P. McKee, 90, died Feb. 4, 2013, at Glen Hill Care and Rehabilitation in Danbury.
Mrs. McKee was formerly a longtime resident of Sherman and more recently Ridgefield.
With a love of music and children, Mrs. McKee led a diverse and rewarding life.
During World War II, Mrs. McKee worked on the Manhattan Project and later earned a Presidential Certificate for her efforts.
She was also one of the original voices in the Robert Shaw Chorale.
Moving to Sherman in the late 1940s, Mrs. McKee and her husband started McKee's Plantsmen, a wholesale nursery, from their home, which fueled her love of gardening.
She also started the Girl Scout movement in town, giving more than 30 years of leadership and service to the Northwest Council of Girl Scouts.
She started the first 4-H Equestrian Club in Sherman, and was active in the Audubon bird count and registry in Western Connecticut.
Throughout her 26 years working in the Sherman School, Mrs. McKee was fundamental in the development of the school's library.
Among many of her programs were visits from local artists and authors; and with the children, she collected and tagged Monarch butterflies, tracking their migrations.
Over the years, Mrs. McKee was a member of the Sherman Players, Candlewood Players, Mauweehoo Singers, Sherman Historical Society, Sherman Higher Education Fund, Danbury Chorale and most recently the Ridgefield Chorale.
Mrs. McKee is survived by a sister, June Baehr, of Rockaway, N.Y.; a son, Kevin A. McKee, and his wife, Rose, of Coleville, Wash.; a daughter, Lois C. McKee, of Bradenton, Fla., a daughter, Shanna McKee-Bertram, and her husband, George, of Southbury; a niece, Carolyn Baehr, of Elmhurst, N.Y.; two granddaughters; three great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband of 53 years.
A celebration of life will be held at the convenience of the family. There will be no calling hours.