|Birth: ||Nov. 6, 1930|
|Death: ||Jun. 14, 2008|
Helen (Ginger) McAuliffe, former jazz singer and host of a South Texas Public Radio show featuring big band music, died June 14, 2008 after a long and valiant battle with cancer. She was 77.
Known as Ginny Lamare to fans of her radio show Moonlight Serenade, she played an active role in the local jazz community for over 40 years. She and her late husband formed their own big band, played at South Texas Jazz Festival events, and ran a booking agency to showcase area talent. Ginny began her radio program July 18, 1997 as a legacy for young people unfamiliar with the big band era. Her 576th show aired the night before she died. As a young vocalist, Ginny graced the stage with big bands such as Claude Thornhill, Frankie Carle, Vincent Lopez, and Sam Donahue.
She was born November 6, 1930 into a show-business family in New York City. Her father, Jimmy Lamare, played sax for the Charlie Barnet Band, and her uncle, Nappy Lamare was a guitarist and banjo player with Bob Crosby and the Bob Cats. She met her husband, saxophone and clarinet player Bob McAuliffe, when they both performed with Thornhill?s band. They were married on May 28, 1955, in New York and moved to Corpus Christi in 1963. Ginny blended her love of music with her deep faith in the Lord, sharing her velvety voice with the choir at St. Pius X Catholic Church.
She will always be remembered for her amazing talent, strength, positive nature, and compassion for others.
Survivors include three daughters: Lori Ragsdale and Robbi Burgess (Derek), both of Corpus Christi, Texas and Suzanne Harlien (Mark) of San Antonio, Texas; one sister: Priscilla Lamare of Seaside Park, New Jersey; and six grandchildren: Ian and Leyna Ragsdale of San Diego, California.; Beau Ragsdale of Corpus Christi, Texas; Brooke and Isabella Burgess of Corpus Christi, Texas; and Drew Harlien of San Antonio, Texas.
A rosary was recited on Thursday, June 19 at Seaside Memorial Park and Funeral Home. A memorial mass was celebrated on Friday, June 20 at St. Pius X Catholic Church, Corpus Christi, TX.
KEDT will broadcast a tribute to Ginny at 8:00 p.m. that evening.
(Ginger was diagnosed with multiple myeloma on Dec. 14, 1999 and has been "fighting the good fight" ever since. In 2002, Ginger had a stem cell transplant and was in remission until 2006. She began chemotherapy and considered other treatment options at the time)
To read more about Ginny's life please visit: www.ginnylamare.com
Created by: Flowers from Sandra
Record added: Jun 19, 2008
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