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Ginger Lord

A celebration of life service will be held today at Alamo Heights Methodist Church in San Antonio, Texas, for Ginger Lord.

Lord, 74, went to be with the Lord Monday, July 2, 2018.

Pallbearers will be Barney Mays, Triple Fuhrmann, Bobby Burk, Jimmy Burk, Gary Lord, Greg Thompson and Chad Coker. A reception will follow at the Club at Sonterra.

Ginger was born May 20, 1944, and was originally named Donna Kay, but her grandfather thought she looked like a “gingersnap,” and she’s been Ginger ever since. Her family and friends referred to her as Ginger, and her grandchildren called her Mimi.

Ginger grew up in Artesia, where she was Homecoming Queen and a cheerleader at Artesia High School. She attended Arizona State University, where she was a Gamma Phi Beta.

She met her beloved husband, Dick Lord, at a Peter, Paul and Mary concert while Dick was in pilot training, and four months later, they were married. It wasn’t long before they started their family of two girls, Joy and Jill.

The first 20 years of their life together, Dick was in the Air Force and Ginger was the perfect military wife, including an overseas tour in England for three years, where Dick flew for the Red Pelicans, an aerobatic team with the Royal Air Force, and Ginger enjoyed her British friends.

The family also lived on base at the Air Force Academy; Lubbock, Texas; Montgomery, Ala.; and Burkburnett, Texas.

Ginger was an active member of the Officers’ Wives Club. After spending 20 years supporting her husband in the Air Force, Dick and Ginger settled down in San Antonio when Dick retired. They then began the next chapter at Merrill Lynch for 35 years. They travelled together to so many wonderful locations around the world with their Merrill Lynch friends and loved them dearly.

Dick and Ginger enjoyed playing tennis, golf, boating and bridge. They shared the love of tennis with their daughters as they played in high school, and Ginger adored watching their matches. She and her daughters loved to be with one another and had their “quarterly outings” together, where they shopped and ate lunch.

The happiest times for Ginger were when the grandchildren were born. She had four granddaughters, Jillian, Jenna Belle, Abby and Carly, and one grandson, Jimmy. They called her Mimi, and she loved them so much she had a special song for each grandchild. She would take them to “Mimi Camp” at their lake house at Horseshoe Bay every summer, where countless memories were made.

As the grandchildren got older, she enjoyed visiting them at Texas Christian University, attending cheer competitions, baseball games, and just laughing hysterically with them. They have so many stories and “Mimi-isms” that they will cherish forever.

Ginger was a member of the Alamo Heights United Methodist Church, Club at Sonterra, The Argyle, Horseshoe Bay Yacht Club, Los Allegradoras, the Gardenia Club, The Petroleum Club, Gamma Phi Beta, bridge groups, and birthday clubs. She never missed a party and always taught her girls that an invitation to a party is an honor, so you always accept and have fun!

She also dearly loved their lake house at Horseshoe Bay. Dick and Ginger went almost every weekend and enjoyed their house on Lighthouse Drive. So many wonderful memories were made with the grandchildren and friends at the lake.

Survivors include her loving husband, Dick Lord; daughters Joy Fuhrmann and husband Triple, and their daughters Jillian, Jenna Belle and Carly, and Jill Burk and husband Bobby, and their children Abby and Jimmy; brother Barney Mays and wife Mary; her nieces and one namesake, Ginger Thompson and Traci Coker, and their families; and many other well-loved extended family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Don and Billie Mays, of Artesia.