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August 29, 1926 - January 16, 2019
Formal education in Texas and Oklahoma with BA and Masters of Education at the University of Oklahoma, but horizon of knowledge was vastly expanded by a lifetime of extensive travels.
During her long life seven states were home, with most of the time in Oklahoma and New York. As a teacher she felt privileged to travel in all 50 states, at least 90 countries, to set foot on each of the 7 continents, and go 1 ¾ times around the world.
As a Department of the Army Civilian (DAC) she taught American children of Army personnel in Japan, Germany, and Italy an enriching 4 years experience in understanding cultural likenesses and differences. On lifes journey at home and abroad she found faith in God and education the major keys to peaceful and harmonious living.
1972-73 was a sabbatical year with a semester at the University of Hawaii where orchids adorned then Librarys front desk. Throughout the islands the ambience and abundance of tropical fruits, exquisite flowers, sweet fragrance of trees abloom, and enduring friendships made Hawaii a paradise on earth.
Blessings multiplied in seeing so much of Gods majestic world. Waterfalls were always a favorite. Twas awesome and wonderful to have pages of the Bible and ancient history come alive in and to marvel at humankinds ingenuity from older times to the 21st century.
Each venture was meaningful and special. Probably the most unique was 1983 expedition to Antarctica: the azure blue in immense icebergs, vast numbers of playful penguins, and ever so quietly watching the sun set, and then rise within 3 minutes. Most astounding was experiencing the confluence of southerly and northerly ocean waters. Imagine being on a southbound ship as it maintains its course in the turbulence, and then that oceanic sameness becomes north! Unforgettable.
After teaching 22 years in White Plains, New York, Geri chose early retirement, moved to Tahlequah and became an avid gardener. Surrounded by flowers she believed One is closer to God in a garden than any place else on earth. Thus, her big back yard and friendship garden became an outdoor sanctuary. The hours of kneeling and bowing down were times of prayers and praising our Creator. Sharing flowers with others was a source of great joy.
Her favorite quote from Abraham Lincoln was Friends are among lifes greatest treasures.
She is survived by her Brother, Arcie Paul Henderson and his wife, Charlene; Nephew Matt Henderson and his son, Kelly, his wife, Brooke, their son, Maddox and daughter, Everlee; her Niece, Carol and husband, Brian Austin, their son, Trevor and daughter, Kelsi.
She was a member First United Methodist Church, Tahlequah. Active in United Methodist Womens Circle, Member Chapter FD, P.E.O and Friends in Council Study Club.
Burial in Sulphur, OK alongside her mother and daddy.
In lieu of flowers, she requests any memorial or contributions to First United Methodist Church, Tahlequah.
in memory of Gearldine
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Thursday January 24, 2019
12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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1506 North Grand Avenue, Tahlequah, OK, USA
Friday January 25, 2019
First United Methodist Church
301 West Delaware Street, Tahlequah, OK, USA
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generous with hugs and love. She did, indeed, love to share her garden and its flowers. In fact, for several years Geri's garden was a regular Sat morning trip for us when we were doing altar flowers for Sunday service at First United Methodist. She knew she was doing
"God- work" in her sharing of the beauty of creation. She was saddened when she became unable to work in her God place and saddened even more when her helper became phisically unable to help her. Geri will be missed by the many people she touched. I will miss her ready smile and her sweet spirit. I loved her and was loved in return.