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Geraldine "Doll" "Gerri" Smith

1930 - 2012 Obituary Condolences
Geraldine "Doll" "Gerri" Smith Obituary
Gerri ""Doll"" Smith died Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012, in Alamogordo. She was born May 20, 1930, in High Rolls to May Virginia (Morrison) Geib and Robert Geib. She moved with her family as a child to Cleveland, where she remained until graduating from high school, at which time she and her twin sister Jackie returned to the Alamogordo area where she spent the rest of her life.
She married Jerry Smith in 1963. She worked at Holloman Air Force Base for many yeas and later entered the field of archaeology where she spent her remaining working career.
Gerri was a member of the Gallery de La Luz for many years. She spent many years doing archaeological research and surveys on White Sands Missile Range, Bureau of Land Management land and Holloman, as well as other historical and archaeological sites in the state. She was an animal lover and an avid bird watcher. She was a nature lover and loved to hike in the mountains as well as in the desert. She was an environmentalist and belonged to numerous protection groups.
She is survived by her husband, Jerry; her sister Mary Walchli and her children of Valley City, Ohio; her stepchildren Karen Taylor and her husband, Rick, Bear Smith and his wife, Betty, all of Alamogordo, and Kathy Lawson and her husband, Joel, of Arizona; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, cousins, nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her twin sister Jackie Talley and her parents.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Animal Rescue Mission of Alamogordo.
Private memorial services will be held at a later date.
The Smith family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Alamogordo Funeral Home to direct the arrangements. Cremation will take place at PCS.
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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Jan. 27 to Feb. 29, 2012
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