Ginger Kerry Stillians
June 6, 1968 ~ July 29, 2022
Resided in: Hawthorne, California
The family, with deep sorrow and much love, announce that on Friday, July 29, 2022, Ginger Kerry Stillians of Hawthorne California peacefully died at the age of 54 years due to complications resulting from colon cancer surrounded by her family.
She is lovingly remembered by her parents Darrell and Gloria, her daughters Brittney and Halley, and her sister Sherri.
She is also dearly missed by extended family, her coworkers from school, her coworkers from the hotels she worked at. Along with her bowling friends and longtime family friends.
The family truly appreciates all the gestures of love, thoughts and prayers sent by everyone.
Ginger was born at Little Company of Mary Hospital on June 6, 1968. She was a very sweet active baby that loved to crawl backwards and smile a lot. She was born a rocker at heart; her favorite lullaby was by the Mamas and the Papas. Even though she liked rock music, she could not have anyone sing her happy birthday or she would cry. She was born without hair and did not get it till she was about nine months old. She shaved her head early in life. When she was in her baby walker, she decided to challenge her dad’s Buddha statue. Guess who won? You guessed it: Ginger won. She always was very competitive. She loved to go to the park and get on all the slides and swings. She loved going to the beach, however did not like to put her feet in the water or on the sand, so she got carried a lot.
As she got older, her competitive streak continued. She played soccer along with her sister in the South Bay soccer league and then for the Hawthorne AYSO. She also was in a baseball league. She was in the Girl Scouts along with her sister and mom. She loved to play outdoors, Dad would always throw all the kids up in the air and help make houses and cars out of big appliance boxes. She loved to go on family vacations especially camping. When the family started going to Lake Cachuma, she loved that place the most: especially when she and her sister got to learn how to fish from Neal Taylor, go on boat rides and go fishing with Dad and also be around the campfire and go on walks and to the pool with Mom and Dad. Mom and Dad always made sure that every trip was filled with new adventures. This got to be much however when she would play outside more than do homework.
Her love for adventure and sports continued in her adult life. She coached soccer for her daughter’s teams, led a drill team squad and worked with the students with special needs. She learned to do billiards and would compete. She followed in her parents’ footsteps by being on a bowling team and going to tournaments. She would go to tournaments with her sister in Las Vegas and Laughlin, having a great time hanging out with her friends and again showing her very competitive side all day.
There was never a dull moment with Ginger especially when it came to her daughters, Brittney and Halley. Brittney was born and accused of being a twin and Halley came out on a phone call while being born. There is no doubt that she loved her girls very much and would do all she needed either directly or indirectly to make sure that they were fully loved and taken care of.
She continued to take camping trips every year with the family and friends and at times by herself. She loved to go there with her daughters and show them the different people and things she did since she was little. The lake was her comfort place except when she would run into a raccoon. One time she ran into the tent leaving her young daughters outside. Luckily other people were around.
The most important things for Ginger were her family, friends, getting in trouble at times with and sometimes against her sister, time with her daughters and making sure they had what they needed, holidays, the pets (all of them) (she asked about them more than anything else), and when she could, she would do favors for her friends and help the customers at her jobs as well.
A Memorial Service will be held in her honor on Saturday, August 20, 2022 at 10 am, Lighthouse Memorial and Reception Rice Center, 5310 Torrance Blvd., Torrance CA 90503. After the memorial we will be having a celebration of life reception. All are invited.
In lieu of flowers, the family wishes for Memorial Donations to be made in Ginger Kerry Stillians’ name to the Neal Taylor Nature Center at Lake Cachuma.
You can send a check and address to “Neal Taylor Nature Center” and in the memo section put “In memory of Ginger Kerry Stillians.” And send to: 2265 Highway 154, Santa Barbara Ca 93105
The family wishes to send a special thank you to all the doctors, nurses and chaplains that were there especially in her last days. We appreciate all you did to make her last days peaceful along with providing her with the dignity and respect she deserved through your care and compassion. Thank you to the Rice Center for all your help for the service preparations. Lastly thank you to all of you who are here, helping for the service and receptions and all of you who came to share in this celebration.