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Geraldine "Jerry" Morgan


1927 - 2015 Obituary Condolences
Geraldine "Jerry" Morgan Obituary
Geraldine "Jerry" Morgan, 88, of Blackfoot passed from this earth on February 25, 2015 at the Gables of Blackfoot, surrounded by her family.
Geraldine or "Jerry" was the second daughter of her proud parents, Sylvester Byron Jackman and Mildred Matilda Samuelson on January 2, 1927 in Sandy, Utah. Jerry was the third of eight healthy children; her sisters Lydia, Deawn and Ordis; and her brothers Dona
ld, Kenneth, Victor Martin (Marty) and Richard (Rick). With her loving family by her side, she began her journey on the road of a long, rewarding life starting with her experience on the family farm as a child.
Jerry gained many important traits from her work on the family farm as a young girl. Of these important traits, she gained work ethic and responsibility. All the children were raised on the family farm in which they all contributed to the hard work that had to be performed daily. As a result, the work ethic the children gained at a very young age followed them throughout their entire lives. Jerry passed this wonderful trait and many others onto her children and grandchildren. 
Jerry excelled academically and achieved a wonderful education. She attended schools in the Blackfoot area, where she graduated from Moreland High School in 1945. After high school, she attended BYU-Provo. College was a life-changing experience for Jerry. While attending BYU-Provo, she was honored to work for the university president at the time, President MacDonald and his family. President MacDonald acknowledged her extraordinary work ethic and encouraged her to keep excelling with her education, which she did. Her education was a prize achievement that she cherished dearly throughout her life.
While in college she faithfully sent letters to her high school crush, J Howard Morgan, while he was serving our country. On June 19, 1947 Jerry and Howard married and together they raised a family of four: Linda Jo, Charles Kay, Lee Ann and James Howard. Their marriage of 60 years was full of many wonderful adventures together as a couple and with their children. They actively participated in many endeavors including softball tournaments, Bingham County Posse, traveling to show their Shetland ponies in parades, horse shows and raising a huge garden.
Jerry was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS). She served in various callings over the years but her favorite calling was camp director for the Young Women. Her experience in Girl Scouts qualified her for this position in which she held for several years. She loved the impact she had on the young women and was proud of what she was able to teach them.
Work for Jerry was just a part of life. She worked on the family farm, Blackfoot Creamery, and housekeeper for dear friends Ruth Packer, Lucille Morris and Norma Howell for many years. She also worked for Basic American Foods, managing their company house for business associates until she retired after 25 years.
But aside from her work, she also had many hobbies and talents. She loved music and sang at numerous events with her sisters, daughters and nieces. She loved working with her hands. She tried all types of crafts, but her favorites were tole painting, crocheting, sewing, ceramics, reading and MOST of all making chocolates at Christmas time with her sisters. She would pass this talent onto anyone who wanted to learn, and will be passed down for generations to come.
Her children and grandchildren were the light of her life, and she made sure to spoil them in the perfect fashion. She never missed an event that her family was participating in, especially birthday parties. Even as she aged, her talent for spoiling her family members never faded. She was greatly loved by all the lives that she touched and will be missed every day. Her legacy will forever be remembered. "A Garden of Love Grows in a Grandma's Heart". 
Jerry is survived by her four children: Linda Kariya, Charles Morgan, Lee Ann (Dean) Dreher and James (Joan) Morgan; her 10 grandchildren: Gina (Chuck) Lasley, Michael (Melissa) Giannini, Samuel (Judy) Giannini, Georgi Ann (Robert) Thomas, Heidi Dreher, Paul Dreher, Shawn (Rob) Druffel, Teresa Morgan, Jami Luna, and Jessica (Brian) Bench; her sister: Ordis (Leland) Herbst; her two brothers: Victor Martin (Judy) Jackman and Richard Jackman; her two sister-in-laws: Diane Jackman and Merle Jackman; her 24 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Jerry was preceded in death by her husband, J Howard Morgan; her parents; her two brothers, Donald and Kenneth Jackman; her two sisters, Lydia Perkes and Deawn Herbst, her son-in-law Kay Kariya, and her grandson Troy Giannini.
The family would like to express their thanks to her friends for their love, kindness and support. The family would also like to acknowledge the service and friendship of the compassionate caretakers at The Gables of Blackfoot and Alliance Home Health.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, February 28, 2015 at Hawker Funeral Home, 132 South Shilling Avenue in Blackfoot.  The family will meet with friends and relatives for one hour prior to services at the funeral home.  Interment will follow at the Grove City Cemetery in Blackfoot. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.hawkerfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Morning News on Feb. 27, 2015
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