Geraldine Wilson, 96, of North Platte, Nebraska, died April 4, 2017 in North Platte, NE.
Geraldine Virginia Perks - Wilson was born February 3, 1921 at Wichita, KS to Samuel and Elma (Hinton) Perks, She lived there to age 1 when her parents moved to Stockville, NE, 3 1/2 miles to the South West. She attended Dist. 31, Rising Sun, through 8th grade and 2 years at Stockville Rural High School. She then attended 2 years at University Nebraska school of Agriculture school of Curtis to take normal training graduating with a teacher’s certificate in the spring of 1937. She taught 2 1/2 years in rural schools.
She married Delbert Wilson of Moorefield on September 3, 1939 at Penalossa Kansas by her grandfather Dr. T. W . Perks; to this union were born 4 children Margie Belle, Betty Ruth, Rosezella Virginia and Vernon Delbert. They lived south of Moorefield until 1950 when they moved to their ranch 1 1/2 miles east of Stockville, Nebraska. They farmed and raised cattle. After Delbert’s death on June 21, 1989, she continued living at the farm until July 1, 2007 when she moved to Senior Living Choices in Curtis, Nebraska. She then moved to Linden Court in North Platte in 2012.
Geraldine was a member of United Church of Christ at Stockville, where she was a pianist and taught Sunday school for many years. She was a member of the Lucky Star 4-H club as a youth and later was a leader for many years. She was a F.C.E. member for many years.
Geraldine joined the Rebecca lodge in 1950 served as pianist, secretary for 25 years. She was noble grand and past grand several times and served as appointed state offices. Although inactive she maintained her membership.
She was in the Ladies Encampment Auxiliary served as chef matriarch, secretary, was junior warden, senior warden and served as grand matriarch of the State of Nebraska. She was a member of Ladies auxiliary of the Patriarch Militant of North Platte. Geraldine was chief matriarch, secretary at the grand lodge high priestess, junior and senior warden and grand high priestess.
She was active in her community, belonging to the Stockville fellowship, pinochle club and friendship club. She loved playing cards embroidering and crocheting, making afghans for each of her grandchildren for high school graduation. She made baby afghans for her great and great great grand children and family and friends.
Survivors include children: Margie Surber, Betty Ruth (Arden) La Shell, Rosezella (Don) Edwards and Vernon (Jane) Wilson. 14 grandchildren: Vickie (Eldon) Thomas, Wyatt (Debbie) Surver, Arden La Shell Jr., Judy La Shell, Nancy La Shell, Connie (Donald) Whited, Jackie (Todd) Herman, Karen Burgos, Daren (Juanita) La Shell, Douglas (Bonnie) Edwards, Justin (Heather) Edwards, Jill (Geroge) Schaeffer, Kristen (Jonathon) Harris, Wendy (Jake) Hansen. 20 great grand children; 16 great great grandchildren; sister Marcile Nelson, brother Marlin (Letha) Perks, sister-in-law Zella Mae Sanders and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents Samuel and Elma Perks, husband Delbert Wilson, great granddaughter Heather Housden, great grandson Gauge Edwards and son-in-law Clare Surber.
Visitation will be held at Blase-Wetzel-Strauser Memorial Chapel, Curtis, Nebraska; Thursday, April 6, 2017, 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm.
Services will be held at Stockville Congregational Church, Friday, April 7, 2017 at 11:00 am with Pastor Jean Miller officiating.
Interment will follow in the Arbor Cemetery, Stockville, Nebraska.
Memorials may be given to the Stockville Congregational Church, Stockville, NE 69042. To sign the online guest book, go to www.blasestrauser.com