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Gerry Haynes

Gerry Haynes, a beloved mother and grandmother, passed away with peace and God on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012, in Grass Valley, Calif. She was 84.

A small family gathering was held on Friday, Aug. 31, 2012, at St. Patrick’s Church.

Gerry was a true survivor, having survived the Great Depression and the tragic deaths of her father, brother, and sister, all of whom passed away at far too young an age. Gerry was a woman ahead of her time, having raised four children as a single working mother. She was a career employee with the state of Arizona, Phoenix native and a graduate of Phoenix Union High School.

Besides her children, her passion was travel, enjoying many trips to Europe, the Mediterranean and the Pacific islands. Gerry celebrated her Mexican heritage by being a bilingual translator and by making a “world-class” tamale during her annual tamale get-together, the stuff of family legend.

She retired to Grass Valley and enjoyed many friends at the senior center. One of her favorite retirement activities was her writing group where she became a prolific writer, recounting many stories from her life.

The family’s loss is heaven’s gain.

She is survived by her four children, Anna, Eva, Angela, and Ralph; and one grandson, Alec.


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