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Gerry K. Ghormley

Helen Geraldine (Gerry) Ghormley passed away on the morning of Sunday, December 31st, 2012. Born on May 5th, 1919 to Roland and Elva Kuhlman in Cheney, Washington. Gerry came from humble beginnings. Her parents were both teachers and the family moved often around eastern Washington for their work. She graduated from high school in Manson, Washington in 1936. While in school she developed a deep love for the dramatics, which remained a life long passion. In the late 1930's she attended secretarial school in Seattle. While attending a dance with some girlfriends in Des Moines, Washington, she met Warren Ghormley, her future husband who she married in 1941 and spend her life with. She worked for Dr. B. O. A. Thomas at the University of Washington Dental School. Dr. Thomas would later become one of three founding members of Seattle's iconic Dick's Drive-In, along side her husband Warren, who ran the restaurant from 1954 to 1989. Gerry was instrumental in shaping the restaurant. She hand picked the iconic orange Dicks color, and due to a mustard allergy helped create the Dick's Special. A dedicated wife and mother, while her children were in school, Gerry was very active in the Seattle PTA. For a time she acted as its president, and even won the prestigious Golden Acorn award. Gerry and Warren spent much of their free time traveling. They enjoyed spending time on both their Owens and Tollycraft yachts, boating around the Pacific Northwest and being members of the Wave Toppers Yacht Club. They also traveled internationally and took over forty cruises and twice circled the world. Dedicated to giving back, Gerry and Warren made sizable donations throughout their lives to Virginia Mason, Pacific Lutheran University, and The Seattle Repertory Theater, for which she was also an SRO volunteer for over thirty years. Gerry left behind three children: David (wife MarryAnne), Susan Worthy (husband Lee Worthy), and Thomas (wife Candi). As well as seven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. Her smile extended far beyond those in her own family, as she became an important part of the many lives around her. In the days leading up to her passing Gerry made a greeting card, inside the card it read "fly me to the moon." We all know that she's there now. Please sign her online guest book at washelli.com.
Published in The Seattle Times on Jan. 13, 2013
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