Memories & condolences
-Dennis and Georgene Bender"
Tiffany Carr"Our girls were blessed to have Gina as their second mom!!"
Lori CoffaeGainesville, FL, USA: "Coffae, Ashlee, Wendy, and Gina reunite for a Gator Game!"
Lori Coffae1997, Kyoto, Japan: "Gina wrote on the back of photo: "Mike & Gina with students at Japanese Shinto Shrine in Kyoto""
Lori CoffaeJekyll Island, GA, USA: "Coffae and Gina at DTD weekend (she had water and a lollipop)"
Lori Coffae1995, Bungalow Avenue, Winter Park, FL, USA: "Ashlee, Tammi, and Gina at Coffae's house - what were we doing??"
Lori Coffae1989, Gainesville, FL, USA: "Lori & Gina Kappa Delta Fall Rush"
Lori Coffae1997, Kyoto, Japan: "Gina wrote on the back of this photo: "What's a statue of David doing along the side of the street in a suburb of Kyoto? Silly Gina!""
Lori Coffae1997, Kyoto, Japan: "Gina wrote on the pack of this photo: "Gina participating in a Japanese tea ceremony at a Zen Temple in Kyoto (you can see I did it backwards and was frowned upon by the other ladies :(""
Lori Coffae1998, Key West, FL, USA: "Gina wrote on the back of this photo: "Gina & Mike celebrating in Key West after our engagement! :-)""
Lori Coffae1998, Florida, USA: "On the back of this photo Gina wrote: "We just on some $$ eat the Florida Derby! We go with a group once a year & it's a fun 'ole time!""
Prayers, hugs, love...
I came up to visit a few months after graduating and Gina, myself, Lisa Pages and some of our KD sisters had a girls night out. . I remember Gina had already been diagnosed with cancer for the first time and she was wearing this bobbed wig .....she looked adorable as always. What struck me was her energy and her smile during this difficult time. That even in the hardest of times, going through something so terrible at such a young age, she still managed to find the energy to come out with us and enjoy herself. She always found the positive in everything. Gina was the epitome of strength and had a spirit that was unmatched I will always remember her this way. ♥️"
Amy Gruber2017: "Labor Day CCC Pool Party~Such great memories of our Girl Time at the pool. I will miss you dearly sweet sister. Your legacy of LOVE and JOY will live on in all of our hearts. Well done good and faithful servant ❤️"
Tammi RyleyGainesville, FL, USA: "Having a blast with PC 88, 20 year reunion (I think) reunited and it feels so good! Picture courtesy of Amy Pete!"
Mitzi Carlin1998, Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA: "Sammie celebrating the Wedding Day with her Godparents."
Mitzi Carlin2016, Washington, DC, USA: "The Guthries attended Curtis' promotion to Colonel, and even months later Gina kept calling it his CORONATION. We laughed every time. She found this US Bicentennial silver spatula while rummaging at one of her shops, no doubt!"
YOU’RE LIFE WAS A BLESSING
YOU’RE MEMORY A TREASURE
YOU’RE LOVED BEYOND WORDS
AND MISSED BEYOND MEASURE"
I cannot believe that she is gone. I always believed that she could do anything. There is not another human that is as wonderful, as smart and funny, as kind, as dedicated, as goofy, as real, as magical as she was. My life is forever changed by knowing her. I'll never forget the day that she met you Mike. She knew she had met a man who had it all. You were an answer to a prayer. I am so glad that you were there to adore her every day since. I am so sad that she is not in this world anymore, but I am glad that during her life she was surrounded by love every day."
Sue Kisiel Morris1997, Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA: "Gina taught me to read fortunes for the guests at our annual pumpkin carving party. She taught me that you can always make things even MORE fun."
My heart sank when I heard of Gina's passing. She was one of my two longest friendships. Although life took us in different courses, we got to correspond a few times each year and her voice glowed when she spoke of her wonderful husband and her beautiful children. I was always gladdened to hear how happy she was. I never told her, but she was the benchmark I used for how to treat other people. She was a kind and loving soul and always thought of others first. Her laughter and kindness will be forever missed. My deepest and heartfelt condolences to your family.
Greg Micklow and the Micklow Family"
Debbie Matthews2007, Piedmont Farmers Market Inc., Winecoff School Road, Concord, NC, USA: "Momma Gina & Bocca Felice's debut"
My life was enriched by her presence at the Mount Holly Farmers Market for several years. After her first day at the market, a customer asked "What TV channel is she on"? Gina was a lovely, talented person in many ways. She definitely made this world a better place and was truly a light in this world."
Gaelic Blessing~(KD song)
May the road rise to meet you
May the wind be always at your back
May the sun shine warm upon your face
and the rain fall upon your fields
So until we meet again
until we meet again
may you live long in the heart of your home
until we meet again...
With love, Iliana"
I sit here filled with tears and grief for the loss of your beloved daughter. Such pain and bewilderment. I love you both, I wish you peace in knowing you raised a wonderful daughter, who was bright, beautiful, and loving."
Jim Ring and Gwen Brendel"
"When great trees fall,
rocks on distant hills shudder,
lions hunker down
in tall grasses,
and even elephants
lumber after safety.
When great trees fall
small things recoil into silence,
eroded beyond fear.
When great souls die,
the air around us becomes
light, rare, sterile.
We breathe, briefly.
Our eyes, briefly,
a hurtful clarity.
Our memory, suddenly sharpened,
gnaws on kind words
Great souls die and
our reality, bound to them, takes leave of us.
dependent upon their
now shrink, wizened.
Our minds, formed
and informed by their
radiance, fall away.
We are not so much maddened
as reduced to the unutterable ignorance of
And when great souls die,
after a period peace blooms,
slowly and always
irregularly. Spaces fill
with a kind of electric vibration.
Our senses, restored, never
to be the same, whisper to us.
They existed. They existed.
We can be. Be and be
better. For they existed."
Lori CoffaeGainesville, FL, USA: "Gina, Aimee Giro, Coffae - Gina's smile!!!"
Lori CoffaeGainesville, FL, USA: "Gina and Lori "I'm Glad I'm Not..." social"
Lori Coffae1990, Winter Park, FL, USA: "Gina, Coffae, and Aimee Giro at Coffae's house"
Lori Coffae1990, Gainesville, FL, USA: ""Pearl Harbor" Social Kappa Delta"
Lori Coffae1989, Gainesville, FL, USA: ""I'm Glad I'm Not..." Kappa Delta social"
Lori CoffaeOrlando, FL, USA: "Gina, Coffae, and friends ;-)"
Lori CoffaeOrlando, FL, USA: "Coffae and Gina celebrating at Disney with busboy ;-)"
Lori Coffae1998, FL, USA: "Gina and Coffae . . . getting ready to marry the Love of her Life"
Lori Coffae1994, Orlando, FL, USA: "Coffae's (first) Wedding to a KD Busboy ;-)"
Lori CoffaeFL, USA: "Gina, Ashlee, and Lori"
Alice Pamplin"Gina will always be remembered for her beautiful smile, gracious spirit, and amazing strength. Praying for your family. Love in AOT Gina!"
Ashlee Poole1998, Ft Lauderdale, FL, USA: "A fun, fabulous bachelorette night as our girl Gina prepares to marry the love of her life that weekend!"
Ashlee Poole1998, Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA: "Our girl Gina’s bachelorette night! Posing with her dear friend Lori Coffae!"
Ashlee Poole1996, New Smyrna Beach, FL, USA: "Celebrating good health with decadent desserts best shared amongst friends!"
Ashlee PooleTampa, FL, USA: "Here comes the beautiful bride - Miss Wendy Godwin flanked by her bridesmaids!"
Ashlee Poole1996, New Smyrna Beach, FL, USA: "Girls weekend celebrating both Gina’s and my own good health!!!"
Ashlee PooleTampa, FL, USA: "The Three Chickas celebrating Wendy’s last night as a Single Lady!"
Ashlee PooleTampa, FL, USA: "Wendy Godwin’s rehearsal dinner!"
Ashlee PooleOrlando, FL, USA: "The Three Chickas rocking it at a KD sisters wedding!"
Ashlee Poole1989, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA: "Gina’s KD Family - Grand (Jen Boynton), Big (Jill Mankowich) and Lil!"
Ashlee PooleOrlando, FL, USA: "Cocktails and dessert celebrating a KD sisters wedding!"
Ashlee PooleOrlando, FL, USA: "The whole gang celebrating at a wedding!"
Ashlee Poole1991, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA: "Three Chickas at the KD Masquerade Ball"
Ashlee Poole1991, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA: "KD Masquerade Ball"
Ashlee Poole1990, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA: "KD Matees Date Party"
Ashlee Poole1989, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA: "Big Sis/Lil Sis at the Skating Rink"
Ashlee Poole1989, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA: "Big Sis/Lil Sis - Original 12 Pack"
Sue Kisiel Morris1989, Gainesville, FL, USA: "I was so happy to be with Gina on this day! I was the LUCKIEST girl to get her for MBS..."
Ashlee Poole1989, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA: "KD Bid Day - The Original Six Pack"
Ashlee Poole1988, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA: "Alice in Wonderland Social with ATO Fraternity"
Ashlee Poole1988, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA: "Day Glow Social with Lambda Chi Alpha"
Ashlee Poole1988, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA: "The Original KD Six Pack - Big Sis/Lil Sis"
Ashlee Poole1988, Gainesville, FL, USA: "Kappa Delta Sorority Rush - The Journey Begins"
Your swim family will continue shaking your pom poms Gina!"
It was her magnetic smile. Her quickness to laugh, her gusto for life that she readily shared with each person she met. My heart is with the Guthrie family. Gina is a bright light gone from us far, far too soon. My deepest sympathies for your enormous loss, and prayers for your strength during these days and the ones ahead."