Ginger Hanna died peacefully with her family by her side on Wednesday, June 7, 2017. Ginger was born on June 4, 1958 in San Antonio, Texas. She grew up in Midland, and raised her family in Huntsville. She was
a clever, hard-working entrepreneur, mother, and friend.
Beginning her career as an agriculture teacher, she was known for her magical gift for training animals, including her beloved BBC, a Coonhound, to whom she taught the skill of counting; her bird, Jerry, who could play hide 'n seek; and even Lucy, a talented potbelly pig.
While raising her two boys, Jonathon and Nathan, Ginger mastered computers when they still had floppy disk drives and sold and built systems for clients. She also taught computer science to inmates in the Huntsville prison system, helping students gain marketable skills for reentering
She always had a green thumb, and like many of her endeavors, she came up with a way to market her botanical skills. She introduced a new way of purchasing plants and flowers: The Plant and Flower Auction, for which she trained to become a licensed auctioneer. In 1992, she created the product for which she is most known, ANTidote®, a natural pesticide utilizing beneficial nematodes for eradicating fire ants. She loved knowing that children and pets can enjoy fire ant-free summers because of her research.
Ginger was a free-spirit, a mother proud of her sons, engaged with the world, and life-loving. She was also strong, caring, and imaginative. During her active life, she wrote a novel, a screenplay, and a children's book. She shared her gift for music, playing the piano, alto sax, violin, ukulele, banjo and mandolin. One of the activities that meant the most to her was her volunteer work with Hospice.
Ginger was not afraid to die, but fought to live for seventeen years with an aggressive form of Multiple Sclerosis. By her side for all seventeen years were her parents, Marilyn and Vann Culp, who were always searching for a cure, never giving up even until her father's death a year ago. Then, after moving to Austin, her mother stood steadfast by her side all day, every day with a love that was unceasing.
Ginger is preceded in death by her father, Judge Vann Culp. Those who will miss her include her loving mother, Marilyn; her sons, Jonathon Hanna and Nathan Hanna and Nathan's wife, Natalee; her sister and her husband, Cathy and Jim Heck; her brother and his wife, Patrick and Marta Culp; and her many nieces and nephews.
The family would like to extend special thanks to Kim Hough, as well as the amazing staff at Heartland Manor and the wonderful nurses of Hospice Austin for their professional care as well as their kind compassion every single day.
A celebration of Ginger's life will be held Saturday, June 17, at the home of Cathy and Jim Heck.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions in memory of Ginger Culp Hanna be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society or Hospice Austin or a favorite charity.
Published on June 12, 2017