Geraldine “Gerry” Elizabeth Smith Eadie, 83, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014.
She was born July 2, 1930 in Omaha, Nebraska to Leslie S. Smith and Goldie Reis Smith. She graduated from Benson High School and attended Gulf Park Junior College in Gulf Park, Mississippi and earned a BA in Journalism/English Literature with a minor in French and Philosophy from Creighton University in Omaha in 1952. She married John F. “Jack” Keiner the same year and together they had three children: Christian, Karen, and Claudia Keiner. She married her second husband, Robert Macgregor Eadie on Oct. 13, 1979. They resided in Malibu for over 20 years and spent a happy 31 years together before he passed away in 2011.
“Gerry” was a woman with a lot of life experience. After WWII, she was selected with three other Girl Scouts of America to travel around Europe and work on bettering international relations. She returned to Europe a second time and spent three months at a camp in Holland working with blind children. She was very proud of her time spent there.
She loved the beach, time spent by her pool, reading, and knitting. She also loved Christmas and collected gifts all year for her family and friends. Gerry was extremely patriotic and took pride in having a flag outside of her home. For the last 40 years, Gerry shared her experience, strength, and hope with many ladies.
She is survived by her children, Christian Keiner (Rosemary), Karen Blanco (Byron), and Claudia Alves (Ed); as well as six grandchildren.
She was preceded in her death by her parents, her husband Mac and her grandson Taylor Blanco.
A memorial service will be held at Deegan Funeral Chapel in Escalon on March 2 at 12 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Operation Smile or Community Hospice of Modesto.