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Virginia "Ginger" Lee Kerr

December 29, 1957 - July 2, 2022
From: Spencer, IA
Virginia "Ginger" Lee Kerr

Virginia "Ginger" Lee Kerr

Born: December 29, 1957
Died: July 2, 2022
Age: 64

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Virginia "Ginger" Kerr, formally known as Stowell, was born December 29, 1957 to Harry Stowell and Mary H. McKinney. She grew up on a farm and attended school in Ayrshire, IA. In 1968 the family moved to Emmetsburg, IA where she continued to receive her education. She was active in many school activities including the student council, where she received the student service award. She also participated in music. Music was a very important part of her life. At the age of 14, she taught herself how to play guitar. This later led to her writing her own music and playing at local events. She later recorded her single, " It’s Hard To Make A Livin' "

In 1984, Ginger received her GED. Determined to make a living for her and her children, Ginger attended Buena Vista College in 1989, where she graduated with a degree in Substance Abuse Counseling. Due to all her late nights and hard work, she received the Outstanding Adult Learners award in 1990.

Her career path took her down many roads. She was a Substance Abuse Counselor at Forest Ridge for many years. She also served on the board through Upper Des Moines. She is well known for her customer service at Country Kitchen and McDonald’s in Spencer, IA. During her spare time, she ran her at-home business, Design Deck. She spent numerous hours making crafts and candles for her customers. At one point she served time on the ambulance team in Hartley, IA as a volunteer EMT. She also assisted in making Super 8 signs that can be found across Iowa. 

Ginger’s hobbies included scrapbooking, cross-stitching and various craft projects. Every year her children and grandchildren received a homemade gift that they will be able to cherish forever. Her favorite thing to do was knit hats for NICU babies and send them to various hospitals including St. Jude's. Fellowship with friends and family was very important to her. She spent her afternoons with her coffee crew at Country Kitchen throughout the years. She spent her time reading her Bible. She enjoyed opening it up and sharing her passion for God with everyone including her children and grandchildren. Her love for Jesus was unconditional just like her love for her children and grandchildren. 

Ginger didn’t let cancer bring her down. In December of 2021 she was admitted to Avera Hospice, where her team, alongside her family cared for her. Her destination was to go home to be with Jesus. She fought a good fight. Victory was won and she passed away peacefully July 2, 2022 in her home in Lone Rock, IA. Ginger was preceded in death by her grandparents, her parents Harry Stowell and Mary Mckinney, and her son Cory Williamson. 

Keeping her memory close at heart are her daughters, Meloni (James) Mengelsen of Spencer, IA, Twins Jacqueline (Eric) Hamerlinck of Milan, IL, Samantha (Matt) Cooper, of Altoona, IA. Desirae Anderton of Lone Rock, IA., and Kari (Allister) Sindt of Everly, IA. Her siblings, Lindy (Barney) Buren of Sanborn, IA, Harry (Valerie) Stowell of Crossville, TN, and Rick (Peg) Stowell of Gilbert, IA. Her stepmother Janice Stowell of Ayrshire, IA. Also left to cherish her memories are 7 nieces and nephews, 12 grandchildren, and special friends Kline G. and Marlin Williamson

Because of her passion for cross stitching, in the back of the sanctuary her cross-stitch projects are displayed. After the service, her wish was for family and friends to take one home to cherish. In lieu of flowers she wanted all memorials to go to the Ayrshire Legion and Emmetsburg VFW.

Memorial services will take place 2:00 P.M., Saturday, August 6, at St. Andrews United Methodist Church in Sanborn.
Pastor Heather Kraai
Matt Cooper
Eric Hamerlink
Josh Carney
James Carney
James Mengelsen
Allister Sindt
Ace Kruse
Elijah Cooper
Evan Kruse
Kyson Smith
Derek Mengelsen
Harrison Sindt
Visitation will take place one hour prior to the service at the church.


Saturday, July 30, 2022 at 8:01 AM
“My sincere condolences to Meloni and all of Ginger's family and friends. We met as preteens and weathered some of the same adversities growing up yet her smile and kindheartedness always shone through. I very much loved her down-to-earth attitude and her laugh still echoes in my mind! She is missed.”
- Rhonda Rider
Wednesday, July 27, 2022 at 7:20 AM
“So very sorry to hear of Ginger’s death. She was the little sister of my friend, Lindy, and we spent lots of fun times together growing up (our parents were best friends). Gary is also the one who made her urn.”
- Linda (Fisher) & Gary Larson
Wednesday, July 27, 2022 at 7:20 AM
“Our deepest sympathies for Ginger’s family. We know it’s difficult. But her suffering us over and she is at peace. ”
- Sandy Traeger
Thursday, July 21, 2022 at 7:04 AM
“My sincere sympathies, may God bless your soul.”
- ivan
Wednesday, July 20, 2022 at 7:06 AM
“I want to offer my condolences to the whole family!! Ginger was such a wonderful loving lady!!! She has known me since I was in high school!! Her daughter Desi was flower girl in my wedding!! My heart ♥️ goes out to all the family and friends!! She is such a beautiful lady and will be terribly missed but never forgotten!!! God Bless!!!”
- Laura Dillard
Tuesday, July 19, 2022 at 2:44 PM
“She will be missed. Deepest Sympathies to Gingers Family and Friends.”
- Candy
Friday, July 15, 2022 at 8:03 AM
“For Cory-May you find peace that her suffering has ended. ”
- Per Clarke
Tuesday, July 12, 2022 at 7:15 AM
“ Sorry to here about Virginia passing”
- Ruth
Tuesday, July 12, 2022 at 7:15 AM
“My deepest sympathy to Ginger’s family. Ginger had a very important influence in my life. Her words, wisdom and guidance continue to serve me and those I try to help today. Ginger’s Experience, Strength and Hope live on. She will be missed. ”
- Brenda Boyer
Saturday, July 9, 2022 at 10:58 AM
“You family have our heartfelt condolences. She was very close friends of my brother Kline! He always spoke of her. Always had so much good to say about her. I remember she was a beautiful lady. She's now pain free! Love you Ginger! ”
- Rita Beyenhof (Goeders)
Saturday, July 9, 2022 at 8:56 AM
“So very sorry for your loss, ginger and I spent many years together as friends she will be missed she was so talented rest in peace sweetheart”
- vicki jensen
Thursday, July 7, 2022 at 7:15 AM
“My heart breaks 💔 hearing the loss of a very dear friend thru the years…Such Comfort it gives knowing Jesus met Ginger with open arms saying, Welcome Home my child….my sincere condolences to her children and family with uplifted prayers, may Jesus wrap His loving arms around you giving Strength, Comfort and Peace that only He can give thru the difficult times…cherish her love and memories in your hearts always…(((Hugs))) Friends in Christ, Judy Henrichsen ✝️”
- Judy Henrichsen
Thursday, July 7, 2022 at 7:15 AM
“Oh I am so sorry to see this. It's been many years since we've seen each other but I have not forgotten. She was a great friend in a time I needed one. Rest in peace Ginger. My thoughts and prayers for Melanie and all of Ginger's family. ”
- Tracy Carlin
Thursday, July 7, 2022 at 7:15 AM
“Lindy and family,
So sorry to hear of Ginger's passing. I first met her when I lived in Everly 40 yrs. ago. She always had a way of making one laugh. She was a kind and caring person. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you. May God give you peace and comfort at this difficult time thru family and friends. RIP Ginger”
- Linda Versluis
Thursday, July 7, 2022 at 7:15 AM
“So sorry to hear of Gingers passing. I know she's with the lord now, and she is healed. What a terrific lady she was❤️”
- Deborah S. Marlow
Wednesday, July 6, 2022 at 10:25 AM
“I am so sorry for your loss. Ginger was a very special lady to me. Spent many hours over the years visiting her. We all missed her so much when she left McDonalds and she has left us with so many fond memories. My heart is breaking. God comfort you all in this time of grief. ”
- Becky Caswell
Wednesday, July 6, 2022 at 9:31 AM
“Ginger was a special lady who loved God and her children. She will be welcomed into Heaven with open arms. The struggle is over and now for peace and healing for everyone mourning Gingers loss. May God bless you and bring you strength. ”
- Steve & Theone Quattlebaum
Wednesday, July 6, 2022 at 7:15 AM
“My sincere sympathy for the passing of Ginger. We had some classes together at Buena Vista College back in the early 1990's. I always enjoyed talking with her. Loved her sense of humor! ”
- Michele Dyhrkopp-Shortley
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