Geraldine Mary "Gerry" Jones - SAVANNAH - Geraldine Mary "Gerry" Jones died on November 2, 2010. The daughter of Clayton and Mary Jones, she was born August 6, 1927, in New Braunsfel, Texas. She and her younger sister Bonnie grew up in San Antonio, Texas. A woman of deep faith and potent intelligence, Gerry embarked on a life wed to the exploration of God's engagement in the world and to the way the Presbyterian Church of the United States and later the Presbyterian Church of the United States of America [PCUSA] gave access to His message. She graduated from Trinity College in San Antonio and received her Master of Arts degree from the Presbyterian School of Christian Education in Richmond, Virginia. She served as Director of Christian Education [DCE] at several flagship churches of the PCUSA, in Natchez, Memphis, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio. In 1969, she joined the faculty at the Presbyterian School of Christian Education in Richmond and served as Dean of Students from 1974 to 1982. She later yearned for the active role of DCE and went to Myers Park Presbyterian Church in Charlotte for a number of years before coming to Savannah in 1988 to First Presbyterian Church where she served as Director of Christian Education for four years, until her retirement. Throughout her forty-one year career and long after her retirement, Gerry served the Church in a variety of capacities too numerous to name and received recognition from the PCUSA for Life Achievement. At First Presbyterian Church, she has been honored for her lifetime involvement in Presbyterian Women. She was the first permanent Moderator of the Savannah Presbytery, a responsibility she fulfilled with great dignity. To every endeavor, she brought her incisive intellect, her love of order and protocol, her enlightened knowledge of Scripture and a profound sensitivity to God's grace to everyone in His wide world. She loved words and her devoted book club members made sure she could enjoy books, even in later years of her life by providing her with audiobooks and by holding their monthly meetings at the Habersham House where she lived. She was a gifted and demanding teacher, always impeccably prepared. She had a discernment that offered revelation to her listeners. Despite a hearing loss of long standing, she managed beautifully by using hearing aids and learning to read lips. She loved good conversation and her home state, particularly the Texas wildflowers. Many will recall her hospitality in her various homes, every one of which she made so welcoming. She was a talented seamstress, a lover of crosswords and a person who did not brook foolishness. Her leadership skills were unrivalled. Even when she had to move out of her home and into the Habersham House, she continued to exert her authority as President of the Resident's Council. She had an extraordinary gift for creating community, and wherever she went she created a family of friends. In Savannah, she had the unexpected and great joy of becoming a surrogate grandmother to the children of Louisa Abbot. Sam Ballew and Julia Stacy became the light of her life and she spent many hours making their lives enchanting. Louisa, her husband Gil Stacy and the children have been the beneficiaries of sharing the life she lived so well. She adored her sister Bonnie Thompson (widow of William Thompson) of San Antonio, Texas, who survives her and Bonnie's children, Mary Brewer and her husband James and Jim Thompson. Her nephew Daniel Thompson predeceased her. She is also survived by her great nephews and niece, William, Clayton and Connie. Many thanks are owed to the staff at Habersham House, particularly Marie Burroughs, for the care of Gerry in these last few years, and to the staff on Seven South at St. Joseph's Hospital and at the Hospice House where she spent the last hours of her life. Memorial Service: 11:00 a.m., Friday, November 5, 2010 at First Presbyterian Church, with Rev. Dr. Stephen C. Williams officiating. At her request, donations may be made in her name to First Presbyterian Church, 520 Washington Avenue, Savannah, Georgia 31405 or to Union Presbyterian Seminary, 3401 Brook Road, Richmond, VA 32227. Please sign our guest book on line at www.foxandweeks.com Savannah Morning News November 4, 2010 Please sign our Obituary Guest Book at savannahnow.com/obituaries .
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Published in Savannah Morning News from Nov. 3 to Nov. 4, 2010