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Geraldine Ross Sheehy

Posted By Hall-Wynne On November 13, 2014 @ 3:42 pm In Durham,Obituaries,Pittsboro | 7 Comments

DURHAM – Mrs. Geraldine Ross Sheehy, 90, of 3121 Cheek Road, Durham, NC, died Thursday, November 13, 2014 at her residence.

A native of Durham, she was the wife of the late John Burke Thomas and the late Albert H. Sheehy, and the daughter of the late Ioma Flowers Ross and Otho Settle Ross. She is survived by her son Kevin Ross Thomas and wife Cindy Wicks Thomas of Corinth, MS, grandchildren Nicole Thomas Silvanic and husband Craig of Durham, NC, James David Lemonds and wife Amanda living in Central Asia, Kelly Thomas Lipford and husband Andy of Durham, NC, and Jessica Thomas Alston and husband Jason of Corinth, MS, and nine wonderful great grandchildren.

Geraldine, known to friends as “Jerry” had a long and successful career as editor of Educational and Psychological Measurement, working for the beloved Dr. Frederic Kuder. At retirement, her love of words and people drove her to volunteer at The Sarah P. Duke Memorial Gardens, serving as greeter and editor and feature writer of the gardens’ newsletter The Dirt. She was a faithful member and officer of several organizations including Durham Women’s Club, Alpha Iota Sorority, Investment Club of Durham, and the Willing Workers Sunday School Class at Grey Stone Baptist Church.

She will long be remembered for her beautiful rose garden from which she lovingly supplied roses for every occasion, her determination to live a full and happy life, and her generosity which extended in many directions.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Sarah P. Duke Gardens (In Memory of Geraldine R. Sheehy) Box 90341, Durham, NC 27708-0341.

Funeral services will be held 2:00pm Monday, November 17, 2014 at Grey Stone Church with Dr. Clay Waters officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Memorial Gardens.

Friends may visit from 3:00 – 5:00pm Sunday, November 16, 2014 at Hall-Wynne Funeral Service.

The Sheehy family is under the care of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service, Durham. Online condolences www.hallwynne.com, Select Obituaries.


Condolences for the family of “Geraldine Ross Sheehy”

Condolence from Susan & Mike Byers on November 13th, 2014 5:35 pm

Kevin, we are so sorry for the loss of your sweet mother. Our hearts go out to you and the entire family. Love to all.

Condolence from Annie Byrd-Bennett on November 13th, 2014 7:43 pm

Sending my heartfelt condolences to you and your family at this time for the loss of a dear family member. ” Our hearts are never ready to share a time like this, but still we reach out in our sadness and in our love to hold each other close and reminisce… “about times past. Hold on to these thoughts and they will get you through. It was indeed a gift to have known Gerri.
With Deepest Sympathy,
Annie B. Bennett, Durham Woman’s Club.

Condolence from Jan Little on November 14th, 2014 9:27 am

Jerry will be missed – she was a bright spot every Thursday afternoon at the entry to Duke Gardens, helping visitors and staff in her always cheerful manner. My condolences to her family.

Condolence from Jan Watson on November 14th, 2014 12:42 pm

I work at the Sarah P. Duke Gardens and always enjoyed talking with Jerry, She was a wonderful lady and will be greatly missed by everyone here. I am so sorry for your loss.

Condolence from Betty Jones on November 14th, 2014 4:10 pm

Nicole, I know you loved your grandmother but God needed a rose for his garden in Heaven. My prayers and thoughts are with you and the family.

Condolence from Kim Fereza on November 15th, 2014 11:10 am

Hi Kevin, Cindy, Nicole, Kelly and Jessica. So sorry to hear of Jerry’s passing. My hope is that you all will find peace knowing that Jerry is in Heaven seeing Aunt Ioma and other family that has passed on. I know this is a tough time but from what I have been reading on Facebook, it appears you all had some time with her before her passing. That is a blessing!! Take care, Family, and you all are in my thoughts.

Condolence from David Ross on November 15th, 2014 4:30 pm

I am sorry for your loss. May The Lord bless you and comfort you during this time. I was wondering if by chance was Mrs. Geraldine Ross Sheehy related to any Ross’s in the Oxford and Franklinton NC area.. My granddad was Henry Elmo Ross Sr. Have a blessed day.. David Ross

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