Geraldine Dorothy Hall, age 98, known to everyone as “Jeri,” woke up in the arms of Jesus in the morning of Jan. 1, 2019. She joins her husband Bud, who preceded her to Glory 20 years ago.
She was born Nov. 20, 1920, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Mostly, she was a home maker, but worked several jobs while raising her six children. Her jobs went from factory work in the ’40s, to waitressing, babysitting, plastic factory in the ’60s, book store work in the ’70s, foster grandparenting in the public schools after she retired.
Jeri’s major love and activity always revolved around her church. She taught herself to play the piano, accordion and organ, taught Sunday School, junior church, backyard Bible clubs, Child Evangelism clubs and classes and directed many choirs. She wrote songs and Christmas plays that she also directed. Later in life, she taught herself to play the glasses, and gave numerous “concerts.” She blessed many by her creative writing that she put to music on the glasses. Music was very important to her.
In her 60s, she took a missions trip to Mexico. She provided all the music with her accordion, played broom hockey using cockroaches as hockey pucks, slept on a bench, took only “spit baths” for a week and tried not to vomit at the horrible stench coming from a very contaminated and nasty canal that ran along the area where she stayed. She had an adventurous spirit for sure.
She leaves behind six children: Judy and husband Stan Bressler, Merritt (Bud) and his wife Barbara, Jeanne and her husband Adolph Castaneda, Pete and his wife Robin, Tom and his wife Jessyca, David and his wife Connie. There are 19 grandchildren, 59 great-grandchildren, and a whole passel of great-great-grandchildren.
She always wanted to learn to play the harp. Maybe now she will be able to do just that.
Family reunion and internment will be at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.
Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center is caring for the family. www.dallastribute.com.