Geraldine G. "Gerry" Thompson

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Thompson, Geraldine (Gerry) G.
of Phoenix passed away April 20, 2014 at 89 years of age. Born in Plainview, Texas to Charles and Ella Godbold. The family moved to Arizona, when she was 2, where she spent her early years at Roosevelt Lake. Gerry graduated from Phoenix Union HS in 1943. She was active in all aspects of college life including Phi Kappa Phi, Kappa Delta Phi, and editor of the State Press. While working on the State Press, she met her future husband, Howard F. Thompson, who later became a Superior Court judge. In 1947 she graduated from Arizona State College(ASU) with a B.A. in education and later with a M.A. in counseling. Among many of Gerry's professional accomplishments she was a member of the Arizona State Psychological Assoc. and of the Maricopa Mental Health Assoc. She became a Certified Psychologist in Arizona and had a private practice. She sat on the Board of Directors of the Community Council of Maricopa county and was a member of the League of Women Voters. Gerry retired from ASU in 1986 after 25 years as a Counseling Supervisor in the Education Department. Gerry was proud to be a Democrat and an advocate for women's rights and mental health issues. She loved her family, friends, felines, ASU, Arizona and Bear Flat, where Gerry and Howard, and so many others helped them create a haven where everyone was always welcome. Gerry was preceded in death by her husband Howard and 2 of her 3 children son Donn (Karen)Thompson and daughter Lynn Thompson. She is survived by daughter Kay Thompson, grandson Christopher Thompson, granddaughter Heather (Chris) Rivera, step grandchildren Bethanne (Jim), Andrew(Laura), Jonathan, Mark, Jennifer(Colin), Kirsten(Todd) and Erika and she was nana T to 8 great grandchildren. Private family service. In her memory, please give a gift to .


Published in The Arizona Republic on Apr. 30, 2014
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