North Carolina - Geraldine Neilsen Stevens, 71, Smithfield, NC, passed away surrounded by her family on Saturday, February 27, 2016 at SECU Hospice Home after a brief, brave and courageous battle with lung cancer. Geri dearly loved her family and especially loved their annual family vacations on Oak Island. Geri's smile was infectious, her generosity was profound, and her goodness was bountiful to all who knew her. She was a small business owner committed to enhancing the customer's delight with custom created balloon bouquets and a variety of craft items for any occasion.
Geri was born on January 9, 1945, in Norfolk, VA, the youngest daughter to Ward and Elizabeth Neilsen. She is preceded in death by her parents and older brother Robert Neilsen. She is survived by her determinedly devoted husband of 49 years, Dean C. Stevens, dedicated daughters and son-in-law, Beth and Joseph McFadyen of Florence, SC, and Emily Stevens of Chapel Hill, NC, loving grandsons Andrew McFadyen and Jacob McFadyen, beloved sister and brother-in-law Jacqueline and Gordon West, Norfolk, VA, sister-in-law Barbara Neilsen,Cary, N.C.,brother-in-law David E. Stevens, Smithfield, NC and nieces and nephews: Jenean Todd, Mark West, Kenneth Neilsen, Amy Woolard, Molly Williams and Kim Hart.
The family will honor her memory at a private ceremony in Virginia Beach, VA. The family is particularly grateful for the compassionate care Geri received from the physicians at Horizons Family Medicine and the physicians, nurses and staff on the fourth-floor of Johnston Health. In lieu of flowers, a gift to the Angel Fund at Johnston Health Foundation would be greatly appreciated. Gifts can be made online at johnstonhealth.org/foundation
or payable to Johnston Health Foundation, PO Box 1376, Smithfield, NC 27577. Online condolences may be sent to the family at parrishfh.com
Published by The Virginian-Pilot on Feb. 28, 2016.