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Arlene Rowland

Even after Ginger no longer worked for our family business she remained like family to us all. She will be missed. Our condolences and prayers for you all.


A beautiful lady who is certainly in heaven. I miss you my friend Ginger, but know you a in a better place.

Marion Virginia "Ginger" Gehr


Marion Virginia Gehr, Ginger to all of us, was our beloved Mom, Grandma and Great Grandma, left us peacefully on December 2, 2022, at the age of 91 years. She is survived by her daughter, Kim Goodrich and husband, Phil Goodrich; son, Dr. Todd Gehr and wife, Dr. Lynne Gehr. Grandchildren include Dr. Christopher Goodrich (Sarah), Jonathan Goodrich, Meghan Hubbard (Justin) and Lizzy Marchant (Reilly). Great grandchildren include Meriwether and Juliette Hubbard and Liza, Ry and Ben Marchant.
Ginger was born on November 17, 1931, in Patterson, New Jersey and graduated from Garden City High School, Long Island, New York. Her love of the ocean began as a child as her family maintained a vacation home in Quogue, Long Island. She attended Rhode Island University for a year before transferring to Purdue University where she received her bachelor’s degree in Home Economics. While there she met and married James Benjamin Gehr, a lieutenant commander in the Navy, and spent the first four years of their marriage living in several naval bases along the US eastern coast. Their young family settled in Evansville, Indiana briefly, then Mount Vernon, Illinois and finally to Bridgeport, West Virginia.
Ginger was an incredible and much-loved 6th grade teacher for 12 years, but eventually found her passion in interior design. Never far from the water; she and her family maintained a vacation home on Deep Creek Lake in western Maryland where she was a member of the Deep Creek Yacht Club, a membership she continued throughout her life. Her many cherished friends in the “Club” remained close throughout her life in fact. Following her passion for Interior Design she graduated from the International Institute of Interior Design and started her own business, “Ginger Interiors” in Old Town Alexandria where she had many clients in Washington DC, Virginia and Maryland.
Ginger relocated to Amelia Island in 1990, where she maintained her primary residence. She worked at Rowlands as an Interior Designer for 10 years. She was active in many community and social activities of the Island. She was particularly active in the Chamber of Commerce and named “Ambassador of the Year”. She helped create the Fernandina Beach Farmers Market and Chamber Music Festival. Her love of people was a perfect fit for her in her position as “social chairman” for “Newcomers” in Fernandina Beach. Throughout most of her life she loved her dogs, Bentley and Dudley, and treated them as her children with frequent trips for ice cream and hamburgers.
Ginger was a “people person” which translated into an incredible circle of friends. Her joy of entertaining continued throughout her life and she would want her many friends to celebrate her life with a toast to her long and wonderful life. Our hearts are empty, but we are blessed to have loved her. Family and friends left behind have wonderful memories of Ginger and will cherish them always.
She will be missed by so many. Our hope is that she is enjoying that great big cocktail party in the sky. Cheers!
A memorial service and a celebration of her life will be held Saturday, January 7, 2023 at 2:00 PM in the Burgess Chapel of Oxley-Heard Funeral Directors.
Rather than flowers please donate to Farmington Valley ARC, in memory of Ginger Gehr, grandmother of Jonathan Goodrich, , 225 Commerce Dr, Canton, CT 06019 or to Community Hospice of NE Florida in Ginger’s memory.


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