Marjorie V. Godbey
Marjorie V. Godbey
  • September 10, 1922 - April 9, 2017
  • Alexandria, Virginia

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Marjorie Virginia (Ginger) Rodgers-Godbey
Marjorie Virginia (Ginger) Rodgers-Godbey of Alexandria, Virginia died Sunday, April 9, 2017 at the Mt. Vernon Nursing and Rehab Center.
Born in Plant City, Florida, September 10, 1922, to John T. and Margie (Johnson) Rogers, she was a talented photographer and dedicated professional homemaker.
Ginger received two years photography training while in high school, which led to a job at Cramer Studio in Plant City, Florida. She left that job in 1943, joined the U.S. Navy (in Bronx, New York) in June 1943, serving in various photographic assignments until her honorable discharge in January of 1945 as a Specialist Third Class . She continued her photography work in Washington, DC at Harris & Ewing. During her time working with photographers, she also served on many occasions as a model, having been photographed by Harris & Ewing and even Bernard of Hollywood, who was quoted as saying she was as good in front of the camera as she was in back of it.
During her time in the Navy, she met and married Capt. James E. Rodgers, U.S. Army, in August 1944.
Ginger enrolled in George Washington University, where she was pledged in the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority. In an unheard of move, she was nominated as a candidate for GW Homecoming Queen, even though she was already married at the time. She received her Associate of Arts in 1951 and her Bachelor of Science in Home Economics in 1953.
The family settled later in Alexandria and became members of Plymouth Haven Baptist Church, where she has been a member since 1963. Following the death of her husband Jim in 1985, she married neighbor and widower Paul Godbey in December 1988. Paul died in 1995.
She leaves behind her son John and his wife Debbi of Alexandria; and her daughter Marjorie Feeney of Potomac Falls . She also is survived by 2 grandsons, Patrick Patterson and Brian Patterson; 1 granddaughter, Casey Weitershausen; 1 step-granddaughter, Jeannette Lewis; 1 step-grandson, Philippe Marchand; 3 great-grandsons, and 1 step-great-granddaughter.
The funeral service will be held at 11:00 am April 15, 2017 at Plymouth Haven Baptist Church, 8600 Plymouth Road, Alexandria, Virginia. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Marjorie Virginia Rodgers to The Women's Memorial, Dept 560, Washington DC 20042-0560 or online at
Arrangements are being handled by Demaine Funeral Home, Alexandria, VA