Geraldine W. Statler
Geraldine Loree Weakley (known as Jerry) was born on January 25, 1920, in Ridgely,
West Virginia, to Hallie Mae and Norman C. Weakley. The youngest of four children, Jerry grew up in Ridgely and
Cumberland, Maryland. She graduated from
High School in
Cumberland in 1938, playing several sports. Jerry attended
Harrogate, Tennessee, on a basketball scholarship, working at various University jobs to supplement the scholarship until her graduation in 1942.
While there, she became acquainted with John C. Statler, whom she had known slightly in high school. When he was inducted into the army, they married on November 15, 1941. After the war, they lived in Ypsilanti, Michigan while John attended law school and Baltimore, Maryland, where he was a trust officer at a bank. In 1948, John became a junior partner to Alfred Todd, in
Lamar, Colorado. Jerry lived in Lamar until her death on December 10, 2016.
Jerry was active in the
Church, serving as the President of the United Methodist Women and as an assistant Sunday School Teacher. She was a Cub Scout Leader, served on the Girl Scout Council, was a founding member of the Federation Club Inter Sese, and was a member of P.E.O. She was President of the Washington Elementary School PTA, a Dudes and Dames Set Mother, and assisted in financial drives for the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Society and the
She loved to play bridge and Jokers Marbles; played golf and was an active walker for many years; enjoyed hand work, digging in her flower garden and water aerobics.
Jerry was preceded in death by her husband, John C. Statler, parents, Hallie M. and Norman C. Weakley, her sister and brother-in-law, Mildred and M. Vernon Freeman; her brothers Charles M. R. Weakley and Carl V. Weakley, sisters-in-law, Eleanor Weakley and Margaret Statler Blayney, and one niece, Jean Jeriorski.
She was survived by her three children: Sharen Loree (Jimmy) Benenson of New York City; Jan Statler (Robert) Cameron of Memphis, TN; and John C. (Angilynn) Statler Jr. of
Greeley, Colorado. She also had four grandchildren: John Tyler Statler; Marissa Beth (David) Cruz; James (Fiona) Benenson III; and Clement Chambers (Stephanie) Benenson; and nine great-grandchildren: John Bennet Statler, Weston Tyler Statler, Olivia Loree Cruz, Joshua Cruz, James Benenson IV, Sylvia Calvert Benenson, Phillip Jennings Savage Benenson and Augustin Clement Benenson and Gweneth Patricia Benenson; three nieces: Joy (Ray) Register, Leslie (John) Jenks, and Kathy (John) Applin; one nephew, Steve Weakley; and many friends and helpers.
Services were held at 10:00AM on Saturday, January 7, 2016 at the Lamar United Methodist Church and the Fairmount Cemetery in Lamar, CO. Inurnment followed at Fairmount Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Lamar United Methodist Church or a charity of your choice.