Ginger “GiGi” Dorrell
1948 - 2021
Ginger Lee Lowrance Dorrell, age 72, passed away on May 7, 2021. She was born on September 7, 1948 in Beaumont, TX to William Hammond and Shirley Smith Lowrance.
Loyalty governed her; love defined her. From her heart, Ginger exuded a depth that was not defined by grandiose or weightiness, but she discerned the value and preciousness of simplicity. She found peace in the flow of her journey, appreciating her blessings, whether material or person. She kept a close circle, giving herself completely to them; if you were in that circle, you were in fully, and if you were out, you would never know it because of her sweetness. In the 5th grade, though she may not have realized at the time, she met the young man who would become her everything, Jay. By the 9th grade, they started courting, as much as they could at that age, and from that time until her very last breath, their hearts were one. Jay left for college at Texas A&M, coming back and forth to see his sweetheart, until one car ride together, she finally suggested that it was time for them to get married, and of course he agreed. They both knew in their hearts it was an eventuality, but could stand to be apart no longer, joining their hands in marriage on August 23, 1969. While he finished school at A&M, she worked there. Living in a small apartment, they did not have much wealth, often knowing to the cent what was in their account, but they possessed what mattered, the most sought out treasure on this Earth that many never find, true love. As life progressed, their love produced their two daughters, Jennifer and Staci. Ginger just had this way of bringing a warmth and special feeling to the heart, with Jay and the girls receiving this in its fullness. Her sense of humor was something to behold; when she began to laugh, it was unstoppable and contagious, compelling others to laugh due to seeing how tickled Ginger was. She loved to shop, though she may not have bought much, her frugality did not restrain her from enjoying herself. If Jay or the girls thought she had limits to the depth of her love, this was dispelled when she styled herself “GiGi” and went about finding ways to shower her two grandsons with that special brand of love she radiated. The boys were “domesticated” at Gigi’s house, learning much from both her and Jay. While a night did not end without a glass of wine and a few pieces of their stocked chocolate, she and Jay would often sit on their patio beforehand, where she would often quote a remark to Jay from a cruise, where they had marveled at the scenery before them, “How hard was it to get this spot?” Jay knew what she meant, and as they looked out over her meticulously kept yard, they smiled with joy because of the beauty in their minds, not of just a sublime natural scene, but of the tapestry of joy and bliss that had been painted by their story together. Sweet, meek, and unique, Ginger passed to the other side leaving with her loved ones a memory of how truly special a person can be, and how much one can love. She will be forever missed and cherished.
Left to honor her memory is her soulmate and husband, Jay Loyd Dorrell; daughters, Jennifer Lee Dorrell and wife, Vickie Lee Bordelon, of Lumberton, TX and Staci Jay Davis and husband, Clay, of Sour Lake, TX; brother, William “Bill” Lowrance of Beaumont, TX; grandsons, Jaystan Davis and Clayton Davis; sisters-in-law, Mary Beth Lowrance and Kathi Hill and husband, Glen; brother-in-law; Randy Dorrell and wife, Sharon; nieces, Caroline Goodspeed, Rachael Green, Jessica Dorrell, and Kasi Sarver; nephews, Nicholas Dorrell, J.C. Hill, and Randy Dorrell Jr.; best friend, Nancy Kuykundell; lifelong and dear friends, George and Kathy Iles; the ladies of her Bunko club; beloved dogs, “Patton”, “Bentley”, “Mr. Big”, and “Sophie”; recently adopted kitty, “Jade”; and numerous extended family, loved ones, and friends.
Ginger is preceded in death by her parents and brother-in-law, Larry Dorrell.
Visitation with family and friends will be Friday, May 14, 2021, from 1o:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., at Lumberton Family Funeral Home, 766 S. Main St., Lumberton, TX 77657. Ginger’s life honoring memorial service will begin at 11:00 a.m., also at the funeral home, with Steve Teel officiating.
In lieu of flowers, Ginger's loved ones request that all family and friends make donations to Meals on Wheels organization. They rely on donations in order to serve those in need in our communities. Please mention her name in the special instructions section, in the memo line of any checks mailed, or mention it with any phone donations, so that her family may thank you personally. Their hope, as Ginger's would be, is that many will be blessed and much good come from these donations. See below for contact details, call Kayla at 409-347-5521, or visit their donation page at https://www.seniormeals.org/donate.
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