Bartow, Florida



Last Updated: 2023

With profound sadness, we announce the passing of Ginger Lynn Boulware Tate. Ginger was born August 7, 1945, and died October 30, 2023. She is pre-deceased by her parents, William Foy Boulware and Nellie Sue Boulware.

After several moves with the military, her family settled in Bartow, Florida, when Ginger was 8 years old, and forever after, she considered Bartow home. Ginger was a proud graduate of the Summerlin Institute Class of '63. She received her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Teaching from Florida State University. She taught kindergarten and first grade in the public school system and Faith Presbyterian Preschool. Ginger was passionate about teaching others the English language, writing, and editing. She worked as a Journal Writer for the House of Representatives on the Committee for Education K-12 and as an Accountability Analyst for the Agency for Workforce Innovation and the Office of Early Learning. After she retired, she tutored homeschooled high school students and writing students at TCC. At the same time, she was a writer and editor for Southern Scene Magazine. She happily lived and raised her children in Tallahassee, Florida, and the surrounding area. Still, the coast kept calling, and she moved to Port Orange, Florida, to be near friends, saltwater and fresh seafood before going to rest in our loving Savior's arms. Ginger was a dedicated mother and grandmother and treasured every moment with her family. Grammie attended numerous sporting events and school functions and always made time for laughter, snuggles, and Grammie's pancakes.

Ginger was extraordinarily kind and had a vivacious personality and humor. She touched many with her infectious laugh and beaming smile. She shared her love through humor, encouragement, and cooking, like her best-in-the-south biscuits, cornbread dressing, and nut and raisin cake. She had a talent for making people feel heard and supported. She made friends wherever she went, and her love was returned by her students, co-workers, and friends. She especially loved her classmates from Summerlin Institute and never missed an opportunity to visit with them.

Her love will carry on through those she left behind. Her three children survive her: Alden Mullins and her husband Greg of Tallahassee, Florida; Amylynn Waters and her husband Charlie of Indianapolis, Indiana; and Andy Tate and his wife Christina of Lexington, South Carolina. She was an amazing Grammie to six grandchildren: Tate and Trevor Mullins, Bobby and George Waters, and Abram and Kennedy Tate. Her brother William Foy Boulware III of Valrico, Georgia, and his son Emory also survive her.