Geraldine (Gagle) Velasco went to be with her Lord January 13, 2020. She was born in Jay County, Indiana but spent her life in Ohio until she moved to Arizona in 1962. She was a resident of Arizona until returning to Ohio in 1987. Gerry was employed by Beneficial Finance in Dayton for 20 years, taught one year at Patterson Co-Op and Brown School, Dayton and taught 19 years at Cholla Schools Washington District in Phoenix. Washington District gave her an award in recognition of outstanding service to the children of Washington District. Gerry was a graduate of Dixie High School, Miami University, Miami-Jacobs College and received a Masters Degree from Arizona University.
Gerry was State President of Arizona State Professional Educators for 5 years. She was Sunday School Superintendent and teacher of UM church, Bellefontain, Indiana for many years, a member of New Lebanon Brethren Church, Phoenix Grace Brethren Church and now a member of Brookville Grace Brethren Church. Later, while wintering in Arizona she attended Calvary Community Church. She was an active member of Lebonah League, a Christian Youth Group in Dayton, OH. In 2017 she received an Honorary Alumni award from Grace College of Winona Lake, Indiana. Gerry enjoyed travel and traveled extensively all her life, visiting all 50 states, a lot of Canada, Mexico, Europe and Cuba (before Castro).
Preceding her in death were her loving parents, Orlo and Delee (Brewington) Gagle and brother Tommy Lee and her beloved husband, Gilbert. Surviving are cousins, Linda Hannigan, Kathleen Francis of Newark, Ohio, Richard White of Utica, Ohio, Susie Schrock, Sharon Thompson, Cindy Courtney and Sam Gillum of Indiana, Ruth and Jimmy Cummings, Houston,Texas and Doris Hokett, Lagos, Nigeria. Craig and Sandy Cobaugh were a wonderful help to her husband, Gilbert and her. Other special friends were the Barnetts and Zieglers, Landis’s and Franklins. There are many special friends, Sandy Gatlin, Nancy Tompkins and many more too numerous to mention and a special former fourth grade student Traci and mother Pat and a former fourth grade Sunday School student, Jerry Abbott.
The funeral service will be held at 6:00 PM Thursday, January 16, 2020 at the Grace Brethren Church – 665 Westbrook Road – Brookville, OH. A graveside service will be held on Friday, January 17 in the chapel at Green Park Cemetery in Portland, IN. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the Brookville Grace Brethren Church. Robert L. Crooks Funeral Center of West Alexandria is entrusted with local arrangements and the Williamson-Spencer and Penrod Funeral Home of Portland, IN in charge of the Indiana burial arrangements.
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