Virginia May Moehring

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MOEHRING, Virginia May


Of El Dorado Hills, California left this world on March 27, 2008 on her final adventure to be reunited with her God and departed loved ones. Ginger was a warm and unforgettable human being whose great compassion and love touched many lives. She was born in Chicago on October 29, 1939. Ginger grew up in Michigan raised by her beloved grandma Mary Morris. She attended Michigan State University and Mexico City College. Ginger continued her studies at the University of Michigan and community colleges in Ann Arbor and Alpena, Michigan as well as at Folsom, California. She was proud of her 3.8 GPA and every day of her life was involved in learning, teaching or service. Though raised in the mid west, she was truly a ''California girl'' embracing the geographic beauty and lifestyle of this great state.

Ginger was preceded in death by her parents, grandmother Mary Morris, a son Robert Brandon Moehring, and a special aunt Vera Hart. She is survived by her loving husband David Moehring MD, her adoring children, son Dr. Kurt Moehring (Michele) of Bay City, Texas, precious daughter Mary Elizabeth Moehring of Santa Clarita, California, and grandchildren Caroline Paige and Wyatt William Moehring. Also a sister, Sam (Dan) McCormick and family of Hayward, California, close cousins Michael and Jay Hart, sisters-in-law Elaine Granquist of Minneapolis, Christine Huebner (Carl) of East Tawas, Michigan, JoAnn Pinkerton (William) of Roanoke Virginia, and brothers-in-law Richard Moehring (Jackie) of Houston, Texas, and John Moehring of East Tawas, Michigan and eight loved nieces and one nephew.

Ginger was a giving and gracious person of many interests and talents. Her paintings and metal sculpture grace her home or were given, as gifts to loved ones. She was a spiritual woman and was active in her churches in Ann Arbor, Michigan and Folsom, California. Ginger read for the blind, volunteered at homes for the elderly and troubled youths, provided clothing for the needy and was a sometime server for Saint Vincent De Paul. She was a strong supporter of Habitat for Humanity. Ginger taught English to children in Southern India, and to Hispanic immigrants in the Sacramento area. Along with her husband David, a member of the department of orthopaedic surgery at UC Davis Medical Center, she was a sustaining donor to the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation as well as other local and national charities.

She was a docent at the Crocker Museum of Art and a supporter of the B Street Theatre. Ginger was active in community theatre both in Alpena and Ann Arbor, Michigan where she starred in Ibsen's plays Heda Gabler and Blithe Spirit. She was awarded Actress of the Year for her stellar performance in Same Time Next Year. As an aside, she continued modeling into midlife and occasionally would be reconnected with old friends who had seen her in a television or video commercial. Ginger loved entertaining and was a gourmet cook. She was blessed with the gift of gracious hospitality.

Ginger had a great interest in the Third World and ancient civilization. She was a passionate student of the Hispanic language and culture. She traveled the path of the Mayans in Central America and explored the Incan civilization in Peru. She trekked the hills in Nepal and paddled down the Niger River to Timbuktu. Each trip was recorded in an entertaining pictorial journal that was eagerly awaited by friends and family. She reminded her friends that she "traveled from Katmandu to Timbuktu." Upon returning home from these many journeys she expressed an ever-greater appreciation for home and family.

Ginger was truly a renaissance woman. She would light up the room with her arresting beauty and charismatic persona. Memories of this and her zest for all that is good in life will help us heal as we grieve.

Dearest Ginger, special child of God, may He hold you in His almighty hand and comfort us in our sorrow until we are all once again reunited.

A celebration of the life of Ginger Moehring will be held at the Fair Oaks Presbyterian Church, 11427 Fair Oaks Blvd, on Saturday April 5, 2008 at 2 pm.
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