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Geraldine L. Stroud, 84, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family at her home in Stanton, Texas Aug. 11, 2014. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, at Downtown Church of Christ in Stanton with Deral McWhorter and Kendall Tomlinson, officiating on Aug. 13, 2014. Burial will follow in the Evergreen Cemetery in Stanton.
The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Gilbreath Funeral Home in Stanton.
Geraldine, or Geri as she was known to all her friends, was born July 9, 1930 in Sterling City in Sterling County, to Kim William Long and Vallie Mae Shugart Long. Geri was the oldest of five children.
Geri graduated from Garden City High School in 1947. She married Wayne Dennis Stroud Dec. 24, 1949 in Stanton at the Downtown Church of Christ with G.B. Shelburne Sr. officiating. Geri and Wayne attended Sul Ross State College in Alpine, where she earned her Bachelor of Business Administration degree in 1954 after being inducted into the Alpha Chi Honor Society her junior year. After finishing college, Wayne and Geri settled in Midland, where both worked for oil companies. In 1959 they moved to Houston, where Geri worked as an executive secretary for the Milwhite Mud Company.
In 1962, Wayne and Geri decided to leave the corporate life behind and returned to farm near Stanton. Geri was a homemaker, business partner in the farm, and a teacher in the Stanton school system, where she taught fourth grade and was later a substitute teacher. After she and Wayne retired from farming in 1982, they loved spending time with their grandchildren. She was an avid reader and never gave up her teacherâ€™s heart, teaching and sharing the joy of reading with her grandchildren. Geri was a member of the Downtown Church of Christ in Stanton.
Geri was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Clairese Hale (wife of Doyle Hale).
Geri is survived by her husband of 64 years, Wayne; her sisters, Peggy Ballard and husband, Bobby of Big Spring, and Betty McDonald of Abilene; and her brother, Kimmie Long and wife, Dorothy of Big Spring. She is also survived by her son, David Stroud and wife, Leonor of Austin; and her daughter, Ann Quaid and husband, Robert of Stanton; along with three grandsons, David Stroud Jr. of Austin, and Joshua Quaid and Ethan Quaid of Stanton; one granddaughter, Jennifer Holler and husband, Steve of Kyle; and one great-grandson, Jackson Holler of Kyle. Geri also leaves behind many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Arrangements are under the direction of Gilbreath Funeral Home of Stanton. Online condolences may be made at: www.npwelch.com.