Geraldine E. Daggett died on April 28, 2013, at Spring Hill Manor after a brief illness. She was 90.
A celebration of life will be held at First Baptist Church at 3 p.m., June 1, 2013, in Winfield, Kan. Burial will take place at Highland Cemetery following the service.
Prior to that, she had lived in the Olympia Glade retirement community and Sierra View Manor. She was lovingly cared for by dedicated staff at both Spring Hill and Sierra View.
Gerrie was born on March 30, 1923, in Moline, Kan., to Roland and Ruth Green. She had an older sister, Lorene.
The family soon moved to Winfield, Kan., and except for a brief stint in Klamath Falls, Ore., Gerrie attended school in Winfield. In her senior year, she met her future husband, Merle Daggett, who had already begun his lifelong career with the postal service. In May 1941, they were married.
World War II soon erupted, however, and while Merle went off to serve in the European theater, Gerrie stayed at home to raise their first child and work as a telephone operator. In the years after the war, their family was completed with the arrival of three more children.
Gerrie will always be remembered by her children as a loving, devoted mother. She often told them of her desire for them to mature and lead solid, independent lives. Gerrie worked at the Binney & Smith Crayola factory in Winfield for more than 32 years and was a member of their 25-year club.
She held many positions at the First Baptist Church, but her favorite was caring for all the babies in the nursery. After Merle and Gerrie retired, they did a lot of volunteer work. They also enjoyed traveling and took many family vacations.
In 1999, after the death of her husband, Gerrie moved to Grass Valley to be close to her son Brent and his family. She will be remembered by her four grandchildren as a kind, loving and caring grandma.
Gerrie is survived by her children Ron Daggett (Virginia) of Red Bank, N.J., Brent Daggett (Suzie) of Nevada City, Calif., Janel Daggett (Bobby) Campillo of Newark, Calif., and Carol Daggett of Watervliet, N.Y.; grandchildren Marc Daggett (Martha) of Redlands, Sheri Daggett of Red Bank, N.J., Johnny Daggett (Kim) of Reno, Nev., and Anna Daggett of Nevada City; great-grandchildren Rachel and Rebekah Daggett of Redlands; nieces and Nephews Donna Updegraff of Middletown, Pa., Troy Young of Middletown, Pa; Larry Daggett of Vicksburg, Miss. and LaNita Boyd of Roswell, Ga., as well as grandnieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements by Hooper and Weaver Mortuary in Nevada City and Miles Funeral Services of Winfield, Kan. Thank you for making donations to Hospice of the Foothills in Grass Valley.