Ginger Mignon Marie Doyel
Ginger Mignon Marie Doyel, 39, of Annapolis, MD, passed away peacefully at her home in Scottsdale, AZ, due to complications from a long-term struggle with an eating disorder. She is survived by her mother, Michele Gerich Doyel; and her sister, Cathleen Michele Doyel.
Ginger was born on December 26, 1979, in Richmond, VA, to the late Commander Roger Thomas Doyel, DDS, USN, Retired, and Mrs. Michele Gerich Doyel of Annapolis, MD. She spent her childhood at a number of different naval stations including San Diego, CA; Holy Loch, Scotland; Quantico, VA; Bethesda, MD; Virginia Beach, VA; and Annapolis, MD, where her parents eventually settled. She graduated from St. Mary’s High School in 1997. Upon graduating from high school Ginger began her college education at the University of Maryland before transferring to the University of Richmond where she founded the women’s golf team and graduated as the valedictorian of the Jepson School of Leadership in 2001.
Ginger began her professional career working with The Pew Foundation in Charlottesville, VA, while actively volunteering with The First Tee, a youth development organization, before becoming an illustrator and artist. Some of her most notable works as an illustrator include: Annapolis Vignettes, Annapolis: A Guidebook, How Charlottesville Got It’s Theater Back, On Grandpop’s Lap, and Gertrude the Albino Frog. With regard to her artwork, Ginger was commissioned by the PGA to do a number of paintings for its headquarters, where they still remain. Her later works depicting the Holy Lands in Israel and the Palestinian Territories have been exhibited across the nation in various locations including Carmel, CA and Scottsdale, AZ.
Ginger’s career took an unexpected turn one evening while playing a competitive game of Scrabble with her father. During their match, the two realized that there was not an article in The Capital Gazette, the local Annapolis newspaper, that was focused specifically on Annapolis history. After coming up with a list of potential topics, she submitted three sample articles to the newspaper. Her articles were well received and so her career as an author began.
Through authorship Ginger found a way to combine her passion for history with her love for Annapolis and to express both in an artistic way. In addition to her bi-weekly article in The Capital Gazette, Ginger also wrote numerous articles for the Naval Academy Alumni Association in Shipmate, and penned multiple books focused on different aspects of Annapolis history including: Gone To Market, Over the Bridge, and The Annapolitan Club.
Ginger was a brilliant young woman, accomplished artist, author, and beloved member of her community. She was passionate about golf, running, nature, helping others, and building a sense of community in a generation that typically hides behind a cell phone screen. A true lady from a different era, her gentle nature, friendly smile, and gracious ways will be missed by all.
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Ginger Mignon Marie Doyel
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Darlene Jones Leonard
January 12, 2019
I met Ginger because of the death of my brother Lester Lee Jones. Ginger and I got together last year to share memories about my brother. She expressed to me that her father wanted my brother included in her Market book. When I met Ginger we instantly bonded. She even understood and recognized my prophetic spiritual gift. When I did not hear from her after December 1, 2018...I knew that my dear friend was dealing with personal matters. Just today I texted her...but when I sent the text...my heart dropped. I felt the text jut lift into the air..I said, "she's gone!" It was this evening when my oldest Sister coincidentally called me to share the passing of my dear Sweet Ginger. Ginger was a fighter...her goal was to finish what she had started. Her heart was that of an angel. So caring and considerate of others!!! She had so much joy and love in her heart. I will deeply miss her!! I am glad that my friendship with her was real and not about the book!! What an example of a Christian!!!! Family my heart goes out to you! Darlene Jones Leonard 443-694-3529
January 10, 2019
Fondly remember your flipping trays with Mary O'Connor at the Annapolis Rotary Crab Feast, supporting us Rotarians (including your Dad Roger) as we were serving crabs on the trays. Your columns about the history of Annapolis in the Capital newspaper are also very fond memories. Prayers for your mother and family for comfort in their grief on your passing.
Peggy L. Smith
January 10, 2019
I was one of Ginger's teachers at St. Mary's High School. She was a very gifted young lady. I have a copy of the booklet about Annapolis history that Ginger wrote and illustrated.
I am keeping her Mom and sister in my thoughts and prayers because I understand their loss. May your faith as well as the love and kindness of your family and friendship bring peace and comfort to you.
Mrs. Peggy L. SmIth