Geraldine (Gerry) Suzanne Gossett Peret
Geraldine (Gerry) Suzanne Gossett Peret, 90, passed away on October 29, 2020. She was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, Warren S. Peret in 2017. Born in Wenatchee, WA to L. Marie Hogenson Gossett and Buel Price Gossett, she grew up in Bremerton, WA. She graduated from Bremerton High School and attended Stephens College for one year, where shemet Warren on a blind date. She then transferred to Willamette University, studying social work and joined the Delta Gamma sorority. Married in August 1951, Gerry and Warren lived briefly in Seattle, WA, Cranford, NJ, and eventually Houston, TX for 26 years. Upon retirement in 1986, Warren and Gerry moved back to Bremerton, where they resided for more than 30 years. They also enjoyed a winter home at Mission Lakes Golf Club in Desert Hot Springs, CA.
Gerry quickly became involved in all the communities where they lived. In the early years she was a busy mom of three children, and many rescued cats and dogs, but found time to entertain and volunteer. In Houston, she was active in various Democratic Party campaigns, The League of Women Voters, and was a board member of Planned Parenthood. She was also involved in her children's activities, supporting fundraisers for the marching band, district orchestra, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and more. Later, Gerry enjoyed working as a real estate agent, combining her love of decorating and meeting new people. She and Warren frequently entertained, learned square dancing, and spent weekends on the coast in Palacios, TX, and later, Seabrook, TX, at the Seabrook Sailing Club.
Upon retirement and their move to Bremerton, Gerry enjoyed reuniting with many family and childhood friends. Gerry and Warren found a retirement home on Ostrich Bay with Olympic Mountain views, which delighted them most every day. Gerry continued donating her time to the community, with high hopes for a downtown Bremerton renaissance. She spent time volunteering with the Kitsap County Historical Society and Museum, and several more politicalraces over the years. She was a board member of the Admiral Theater Foundation, the Bremerton Schools Foundation and the Kalakala Ferry Foundation. Warren and Gerry were also members at the Kitsap Golf and Country Club, where Gerry played lots of bridge while Warren played golf. She joined PEO while maintaining close friendships with Delta Gammas from her college days and Exxon alumni from their Houston days. Gerry and Warren also spent time traveling abroad and entertaining family and friends that visited most summers. They also traveled by RV for many years, before settling into a winter home in Desert Hot Springs.
Gerry loved her family, entertaining, politics, home decorating, the Pacific Northwest, evening cocktail hour with Warren, scenic drives, raspberries, and frangos. She was an engaged listener and always had a good story to tell. She will be missed by her three children, son Scott Peret, (Becky), grandsons Ben (Ayla and great-granddaughter Sura) and Stuart (Maelyn), daughter Dorcas Walton (Larry d.2018), granddaughter Melanie (great-granddaughter Schyler), and grandson Chris (Amanda and great-grandsons Alister and Kai), and daughter Cindy Thompson (Fred), grandsons Corey and Reid.
Published in Kitsap Sun from Feb. 16 to Feb. 21, 2021.