Helen Virginia (Ginni) Chaffin
Longtime Estes Park resident, Ginni Chaffin, passed away in her sleep on April 18, 2011 at the age of 87. Born Helen Virginia Ackerman on May 4, 1924 in St. Louis, Missouri, Ginni was the daughter of B. Franklin & Helen (Mabee) Ackerman. She earned an Associate’s degree from Stephen’s College in Columbia, Missouri. She worked in Washington, DC and St. Louis as an aeronautical photographer and map designer. Ginni met her husband-to-be, Charles Chaffin, in 1941 while both their families were vacationing at the YMCA of the Rockies. After being married on March 31, 1951 Ginni and her husband settled in Wichita, Kansas where they started their family, and where they would remain until 1972 when they moved to Estes Park, Colorado.
Passionate about supporting the community, Ginni served as an ambassador at the Estes Park Visitor’s Center, was active at the Community Church of the Rockies, and served as president of the Estes Park Pet Association.
Her other passion was cooking. (Her presence will be forever felt in the Wheat Ridge kitchen.) Ginni’s second step-mother, Vi, taught her how to read recipes and follow directions for baking, but over the years she developed her own unique style of cooking. She soon became well known throughout the Estes Park area as an outstanding chef. Ginni shared her treasured recipes on the radio and in the warm gatherings in their home she and Charles loved so well.
After fulfilling her commitment to Charles to live a year in their Estes home, she moved into her daughters home in Wheat Ridge, where she was blessed with many months of good health sitting on the patio under the apple tree – entertaining in true Chaffin fashion.
Ginni is survived by her daughter, Melissa Chaffin and life partner (Raegan) of Wheat Ridge; sons Chris Chaffin (Debra) of Derby, Kansas and Kevin Chaffin(Cathie) of Wichita, Kansas. She is also survived by five grandchildren: Jason Chaffin, Jasmine Humphries, Brianne Parker, Meagan Hymel and Kyle Chapman, along with six great grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held Tuesday, April 26 at 2:00 p.m. at Presbyterian Community Church of the Rockies in Estes Park. Memorial contributions may be made to the Larimer County Humane Society in care of Allnutt Funeral Service 1302 Graves Ave. Estes Park, CO 80517. Go to www.allnutt.com to send a message or share a remembrance to Ginni’s family.