Geraldine Hamblin Bangerter
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Geraldine Hamblin Bangerter

In Loving Memory

Alpine, UT—Geraldine Hamblin Bangerter, 97, passed away peacefully of natural causes at her home in the early hours of Mother's Day, May 9, 2021, in Alpine, UT. Born March 3, 1924, in Salt Lake City, UT, to Henry Marcene and Duella Eyre Hamblin, she possessed great faith and loyalty to the restored gospel in The Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints. Raised in Murray, UT, Geraldine (Geri) graduated from Murray H.S. in 1942 and excelled academically, in athletics, and as a trumpet player. She served in the U.S. Nurses Cadet Corps during WWII, graduated from St. Mark's Hospital School of Nursing in 1946, and earned a BS degree from the University of Utah in 1951. For four years Geri worked as a registered nurse in Rawlins, WY, and co-owned a spudnut shop with her brother Dale.

On October 14, 1953, she married Wm. Grant Bangerter, a widower with three small children, in the Salt Lake Temple. They lived in Granger, UT, where she served as stake speech director and supported her husband as bishop and then president of the North Jordan and Granger Stakes. In 1958 they moved to Brazil with six children to preside over the Brazilian Mission. With the challenges of mission life in a new country, Grant and Geri adopted the motto "Enjoy It!" Geri presided over the Relief Societies in the mission and was a natural missionary. Her unique ability to organize and work selflessly with energy and intelligence drew people and responsibility to her. As mission mother and nurse, she pioneered health treatments to prevent serious illness. Her work was later adapted into a missionary health manual worldwide. By the time they left Brazil in 1963 they had added three more children to their family. Soon after returning to Granger they welcomed the birth of their tenth child, and six years later they moved to the family farm in Alpine.

In 1974 Geri and Grant with their children were called to open the Portugal Lisbon Mission. That next year Grant was called as an Assistant to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and later into the First Quorum of the Seventy. Over the next 14 years they travelled extensively to fulfill those responsibilities, living in Brazil again from 1977 to 1979 and presiding over the completion of the São Paulo Brazil Temple. They also worked for two years in Chile. Geri learned Portuguese and Spanish and cherished the over 600 missionaries that served with her.

After Grant's release, Geri served as Matron of the Jordan River Temple (1990-1993) and later was secretary in the sealing office of the Mt. Timpanogos Temple (1996-2003). Her years of church service included: Jr. Sunday School leader, stake missionary, MIA counselor, gospel doctrine teacher, Relief Society teacher, and Cub Scout and Boy Scout leader. The BSA recognized her impactful scout leadership with the Silver Beaver award.

Geri enjoyed horseback riding, softball, skiing, golfing, bowling, camping, fishing, and singing in harmony. She wrote and compiled many family histories and had a deep love for her pioneer heritage. Her mother's heart was shown through her close love for and joy in each of her 65 grandchildren and their families.

Geri was preceded in death by her husband; parents; brothers, Ivan M. Hamblin and H. Dale Hamblin; granddaughter, Katie Bangerter; and daughter-in-law, JaLayne Garlick Bangerter.

She is survived by her 10 children: Lee Ann Lorenzon (Richard A.) Alpine, UT; Cory William (Gayle Bishop) Alpine, UT; Glenda Apple (Steven C.) Lindon, UT; Julie Beck (Ramon P.) Alpine, UT; Grant Hamblin (Cleadonna Webb) Lehi, UT; Howard Kent (Lissa Harrison), Highland, UT; Peggy Brasilia Porter (Douglas L.) Thatcher, ID; Glenn Paulo (JaLayne Garlick) American Fork, UT; Layne Rio (Elizabeth "Betsy" Cryer) Melba, ID; Duella Williams (Lonnie D.) Syracuse, UT; 65 grandchildren, 175 great grandchildren, and 2 great-great grandchildren; the Wosnjuk/Duffles/Baldwin family whom she embraced as children; her sister, Darlene H. (Noel) Anderson, of Murray, UT; and her sisters-in-law; Marian B. (Richard) Lindsey, West Jordan, UT; Naomi B. (Leonard) Christoffersen, Sandy, UT; Judy Schiffman (Norman) Bangerter, So. Jordan, UT.

Geraldine's noble life will be remembered by the countless people she touched. The Bangerter family wishes to thank her ward, friends, and her excellent and loving caregivers. Funeral Services will be held at the Alpine West Stake Center located at 327 South Long Drive, Alpine, UT, 84004 at 11:00am Monday, May 17, 2021. Public viewings will be held on Sunday, May 16 from 6:30-8:30pm and Monday, May 17 from 9:00-10:30am at the Alpine West Stake Center. Burial will be Monday, May 17, at 3:00pm in the Elysian Burial Gardens, 1075 E 4580 S, Murray, UT, under the direction of Anderson & Sons Mortuary. Services will be broadcast by Zoom link at andersonmortuary.com.
Published by Deseret News from May 12 to May 14, 2021.
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327 Long Drive Court, Alpine, UT
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We remember your mom and family from Portugal. She led a wonderful life .
Monique Pirrone
Friend
June 19, 2021
On behalf of the Boyd and Irma Chapman family, I want to extend our love and condolences to you. I personally have a wonderful memory of "Aunt" Geri. When your family returned back to Granger from your mission to Brazil, Geri was leading the singing in Primary one week. I don't remember if that was a calling she had, or if she was a substitute for that day. I was the 12-year-old pianist. One week she was teaching the song "When the Family Gets Together." The words, if I remember correctly, are something like this: "When the family gets together after evening work is done, then we learn to know each other popping corn (cue the little boy waving the popcorn popper she brought) and having fun (cue the next little boy jumping up and down). Then our daddy tells a story (little boy with a hat and tie holding a book, upside down of course) mother leads us in a song (little girl in an apron with a song book waving her arm around), and it seems as nothing in the world could possibly go wrong." The impression that her effort to bring those visual aids gave me was that I always wanted to do my best at whatever calling I had. I wanted to do them as well as she did, and to be as cheerful doing them as she was. Our family was so blessed to grow up in that wonderful neighborhood that the Bangerters built. Please know that our love and prayers are with you at this time.
Ellen Clyde
May 17, 2021
Dear Julie, Your mother has been a shining example to many. Her years of devoted motherhood and service to the church are remarkable. I am grateful for the sweet stories you have shared about her. They have been motivating and inspiring. May you be blessed at this time of parting and feel the sweet comfort of the Spirit. With love, Marilou and Tom Myers
Marilou Myers
May 17, 2021
Geri has been such a great example to me and my family of generosity, thoughtfulness, kindness, hard work and positivity. She made me and my family feel welcome at her home, and she always greeted us with smiles and warm acceptance. Layne, my sister's husband and all the Bangerters have swooped us up into their family's love and I could not be more happy to be joined to them with loving ties. Geri's presence and light will be missed and we send our condolences to the family - and thoughts of sweet reunions in the future will keep her with us.
Catherine Cryer Peterson
May 16, 2021
I offer my condolences to this faithful family & thank you for the wonderful examples you have been to all of us as cousins & beyond. We also, are grateful she is at peace & happily joined with her beloved husband & family & friends on the other side of the veil. She has blessed my life many times with her wisdom & I´m grateful for her gracious sweet loving influence.
Pamela Rollins Ritchie
May 15, 2021
What a wonderful Lady, we met years ago and also lived across the street of her and Grant in West valley. I have tried to keep track of her with her brother Norm before he passed. My prayers are with all the family. God Bless
Janet Jensen
May 15, 2021
I am so sorry to hear of Aunt Geri's passing. She was always so kind to me. The first time I ever ate a waffle with fresh fruit and whipped cream was at her house. So delicious! I also remember the song she used to sing to get her family working on their assigned chores.
"Hurry Hurry Hurry Hurry come on the run. Hurry Hurry Hurry Hurry day has begun. Come along and hurry there is work to be done. When you are finished there'll be time for fun."
I have sung that song to myself many times in my life and it brings a smile to my face as I think of Aunt Geri.
I wish I could be there in Utah to visit with family and pay my respects.
I love you all and thank God often for our wonderful extended family. You are in my prayers.
Deone Jensen Mears
Family
May 13, 2021
I grew up in Granger and knew the Bangerters well. I went to school with Glenda and have had association with many of the cousins. However, the most important thing about Sister Bangerter is that when I was a baby I had something wrong with my eyes. She came over and told my mother what to do about it, and saved my eyesight. I will be forever grateful for her knowledge and willingness to help me. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time.
Margaret (Wallis) Wheeler
Friend
May 13, 2021
Marilyn and I offer our condolences to all the Bangerter family in the passing of Geraldine. She had a major impact on our lives and set a high standard of loving service and we felt guided and lifted by her example. She was an amazing person and always remembered us and our families. She delighted in getting updates in our lives as our lives moved forward. We shall always love her and admire her for the attributes she brought into our family . She lifted us all!
Sam and Marilyn Morrison
Sam & Marilyn Morrison
Friend
May 13, 2021
Dear Bangerter family, I am sorry to read of your sweet mother's passing. I remember her keeping track of the Temples built and being built and having the cards ready to hand out to everyone she saw! My parents are Elmo and Lois Turner, and they served as the Mission President of the Brasil South Mission, where Cory also served his mission! My parents loved and admired your parents very much! They are great people and I'm happy for their reunion now. May you feel their love at this time and always. Jill Turner
Jill Turner
May 12, 2021
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