Geraldine Louise Mingee
October 7, 1940 – March 21, 2020
Geraldine Louise Mingee, a native of Phoebus, Virginia, died peacefully at home with family by her side on Saturday, March 21, 2020, following a courageous battle against lung cancer.
Gerry was born in October of 1940, the daughter of Leonard Joseph DeRyder, Sr. and Nannette (Willoughby) DeRyder. Gerry graduated from Hampton High School in 1958. In 1967, she married GySgt Rodney Mingee, where she would take on managing a household of young children during his three Vietnam tours. As a working mom, she worked for more than a decade in the Hampton General District Court. She loved to laugh and looked for humor in every situation. Gerry was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, and aunt.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Rodney; sisters, Evelyn Becker and Barbara Spankowski. She is survived by daughter, Robin Fisher (Robert); son, Michael Mingee (Mai); grandchildren, Brandon Rudisill (Elizabeth), Jillian & Lindsay Fisher, Leah & Alex Mingee; great-grandchildren, Aiden English, Jack & Charlie Rudisill, Amelia Fisher; siblings, Leonard “Buddy” DeRyder, Jr. (Dariene), Joseph DeRyder, Sr. (Carolyn), and Mary Whitehouse (Bobby); as well as a host of nieces and nephews.
Gerry’s primary joy in life was to take care of her family. She was a wonderful cook, enjoyed reading, planting flowers, and watching her beloved Washington Nationals & Duke basketball teams. As her health declined, she moved forward bravely and in her own words, would “push through” anything that came her way.
A graveside service will be held on 2:00 PM, Saturday, April 4, 2020, at Parklawn Memorial Park, Hampton, Virginia.
- Graveside Service Saturday, April 4, 2020
Geraldine Louise Mingee
April 3, 2020
I have fond memories of visiting Gerry and our cousins in Hampton in our childhood. It was SO good to see Gerry and her family at Williamsburg Lodge last Christmas. We are so sorry we cannot attend the funeral due to COVID-19.
Lillian (and Fred)
March 27, 2020
Joe and Mary so sorry for your loss. Prayers 🙏 for you and your family.
March 26, 2020
She was my sweetest neighbor. I will miss her greeting me with that big smile when I came by to drop off my payment to her son in law for work on my lawn. I am so sorry for your loss, pray for your comfort, and am blessed to have met such an amazing lady.