Gwendolyn Louise Moddrell, 78

by | June 5, 2019 2:27 pm

   On May 27, 2019, Jesus called His beloved daughter, Gwendolyn Louise Moddrell, 78, to be with Him. She loved her Lord and Savior, her family, her many friends, numerous patients, and her church, The Sanctuary in Vidalia. This precious, petite lady’s beautiful, radiant countenance, sparkling eyes, and attentive ears blessed everyone who had the joy of being in her presence. Moddrell epitomized many of her favorite scriptures, especially “he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed” (Proverbs 11:25); “I am my brother’s keeper” (Genesis 4:9); “Whatsoever things are pure and lovely, dwell on these things” (Philippians 4:8); and “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith” (2 Timothy 4:7-8). She never met a stranger and without fail made everyone in her presence feel like he or she was the most important person in the world! Moddrell was vibrant and valiantly fought the good fight! She was a vocalist and thoroughly enjoyed birdwatching.    

Moddrell was born in Dallas, Texas. She earned her B.S. in English Literature and had minors in art and psychology from La Sierra College in Riverside, California. She received her M.D. from University Automa in Guadalajara, Mexico. She was the first private psychiatrist to have an office in Swainsboro.    

She was preceded in death by her parents, Essie and Vernice Moddrell; her brother, Murel Moddrell; her beloved husband, Bob Herz; and two nephews, John Moddrell and Jimbo Moddrell.

She leaves to cherish her memory her brother, Gary (Bonnie) Moddrell; nephew, Micah (Diana) Moddrell; nieces, Julie (Josh) Longanacre, Shelly Bell, Tracy Dolezad, Kayla Ward; great-nephews, Johne Moddrell, Isaac Moddrell, Josh Roe, Clint Longanacre, Colby Longanacre; great-nieces, Chloe Moddrell, Lacy Roe, Angelique Roe; and many friends.

Her life will be celebrated at the chapel of Chapman Funeral Home on June 7, 2019 at 6 p.m. with Pastor Sherry Damron officiating.

Moddrell’s family and friends very much appreciate Solace Hospice’s (Vidalia, GA) professional and loving care and ministry, which allowed her to peacefully transition from her home/sanctuary to Heaven.

In lieu of flowers, Moddrell requested that contributions be made to Sherry Damron Ministries, P.O. Box 2555, Vidalia, GA  30475. The organization’s website is

Chapman Funeral Home of Swainsboro is in charge of arrangements.

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