Mina Hale Varney, a life-long resident of Rose Valley, passed away on April 29th at the age of 69. Mina bravely fought ovarian cancer for 4+ years. She is survived by her husband Earl, son Roger, daughter Hilary, and her twin brother Bill Hale (Gail). Born to William and Dorothy (“Dolly”) Hale, Mina graduated from Nether Providence High School in 1970. She earned a Bachelors in Elementary Education from Bucknell University, a Masters in Special Education from University of Delaware, and a Masters in Education Administration at Villanova University. Mina taught 2nd grade and special education classes at Prospect Park Elementary School for 12 years before starting a family.
A life-long educator, Mina was active in the Art Goes To School program for 25 years and a Museum Guide at the Brandywine River Museum for more than 10 years. A dedicated leader at the Wallingford Presbyterian Church, she served as Elder, Deacon, Sunday School Teacher, Vacation Bible Camp leader and on the church’s Education Council. Mina was a long-time Town Watch volunteer and coordinator for Rose Valley. The Gardeners of Rose Valley knew her as an expert Bow maker for the annual “Holiday Swags” that adorned the street signs throughout the community.
In her younger days, when she still had healthy knees and ankles, Mina participated in Outward Bound, Vermont Bicycle Touring, Tennis, and was a regular in the Rose Valley Pool “1000 lap” club each summer. She will be remembered as a voracious reader, a mellifluous mezzo-soprano, an accomplished knitter (who made & gifted dozens of baby blankets/sweaters), and a lover of flowers (especially snapdragons).
A memorial celebration of Mina’s life will be held on Saturday, June 11th at 11am at the Wallingford Presbyterian Church, 110 E. Brookhaven Road, Wallingford, PA 19086. Visiting hours with the family will be 9 to 11am at the church before the service.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to Wallingford Presbyterian Church http://wallingfordpres.org/giving-2/ ; Helen Kate Furness Library, 100 Providence Road, Wallingford, PA 19086 https://www.hkflibrary.org/make-a-donation/; or the Brandywine River Museum of Art, 1 Hoffmans Mill Road, Chadds Ford, PA 19317 https://www.brandywine.org/brandywine/support/make-donation.