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10501 Garland Road, Dallas, TX

OBITUARY

Geri Roseanne Acevedo

January 30, 1954July 22, 2019

Geri Roseanne Acevedo, 65, of Carrollton, TX, passed away July 22, 2019. She was born in Brownwood, TX on January 30, 1954. Geri graduated from Stephenville High School and received her Bachelor’s in Journalism from Howard Payne University. She married David Acevedo on May 23, 1980. Geri had a career in radio and television spanning 40 years and several states, beginning in television in Victoria, TX and working her way up to co-host of the Dave and Geri Morning Show in Grand Rapids, MI. Grand Rapids was where Dave and Geri made their lives and raised their children, retiring from radio in 2007. Outside of work, Geri had a passion for gardening, writing, reading, cooking, pop culture, the news, and her family. She was survived by her husband David, her daughters Casey DeKrey (Matthew) of Carrollton, TX and Kristen Acevedo-Toll (Keith) of Los Angeles, CA. A memorial open house will be held at the home of Matthew and Casey DeKrey in Carrollton, TX Saturday, July 27th, 2019. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Geri’s name to Operation Kindess Animal Shelter at www.operationkindness.org.

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Ruth Vanden Bosch

August 3, 2019

Hi Dave, Casey and Christine,
I always listened to Dave And Geri in the morning on my way to work at Spectrum Butterworth Hospital. They helped me to laugh in the morning and get ready to face a sometime difficult and busy day. Geri told the best stories and I also loved the banter between Dave and Geri and their tech support who also joined in to the conversation. It was, "hands down" the best morning radio show in Western Michigan.

I developed cancer in 2000. It was Grade IV and I was very ill. I listened to Dave and Geri every morning while I was in treatment. Geri shared her health challenges and she helped me to laugh and to face my diagnosis. We became friends in 2011 while my cousin Kyle was playing for the Detroit Lions. Geri had surgery and I went and made her dinner and stayed with her on a Sunday while Dave worked. We watched a Lions game and they won that day.

Geri and I become good friends after that and we challenged each other to play all kinds of FB games and wrote each other every day. She was like my penpal. We supported each other through good and bad days. When my sister Carol died last June, Geri supported me through the dark days.

Geri was intelligent, articulate, kind and loving and I miss her wit and wisdom about politics, religion, sports, relationships and her love for Dave, Kristin and Casey.

Dave, Kristin and Casey, I am sending you love and light. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers and close to my heart. Your hearts must be breaking. Geri told me that her goal was to see Kristin and Casey get married. She achieved that goal and it made her so happy!
God bless you all,

Ruth

Shannon Rybarsyk

August 3, 2019

Such sadness for Dave, Casey, and Kristin. I remember Geri as a very humble, never impressed with her own fame, kind of a woman. Enjoyed our times as our girls moved through Breton Downs, EGR Middle School, and EGRHS class of 2001. She was so sweet when Kelsey took runner-up to Casey in the When I Grow Up speech contest at Breton Downs and said to me “Kelsey was great! I thought she was going to win!” Of course everyone in the room knew that no one could best Casey and the public speaking talent she inherited from both her parents 😊

Ruth Butler

August 2, 2019

Hi, Dave,

I was so sorry to hear about the loss of Geri. Any time we worked together, we managed to have a bit of fun. I felt lucky that she trusted me, so long ago, to write about her health struggles. So many in the community were concerned about her. But she bounced back!
You two made such an impact on West Michigan. I wish the best for you and your family.

Take care,
Ruth Butler

Susan Lerch

July 28, 2019

My deepest sympathy to Geri’s husband, Dave, and daughters. We had much fun years ago making a difference for children via the Make-a-Wish Foundation. I enjoyed our continued connection through FaceBook and appreciated Geri’s rye, witty and clear observations in relation to the current political administration’s policies and lack of support to children and others. It was wonderful to see family photos and feel a part of her life. Sending you strength and love.
Susan Lerch, Ann Arbor, MI

Nancy Letherby

July 26, 2019

Dear Dave, Kristen, and Casey,
I have fond memories of Geri and Dave being my room parents when Kristen was in 5th grade at Breton Downs in EGR. What fun we had with your family!
Frank and I loved starting out our mornings listening to the Dave and Geri show.
Sending our heartfelt sympathy to the family.
Sincerely,
Nancy Letherby

Timothy Mask

July 26, 2019

I listened regularly to morning show as i drove to work and remember geri talking about her mother in bangs. I once wrote to her saying we were probably the only two people in grand rapids who had ever heard of bangs, texas. As we communicated a couple more times we determined that her mother and my cousin, jimmie carol mask, probably knew each other in school. Small world. My condolences and deepest sympathy to david and family. She will be missed.

Mary Skoglund

July 26, 2019

I was an avid fan of Dave & Geri’s radio show, to which I listened every weekday morning on my way to teach at Harbor Lights Middle School in Holland. Seventh graders were required by our school to have a job shadowing experience within the community, all on the same assigned day. There were 630 students needing placement, and the task of finding community members willing to host our students fell to the teachers. I went out on a limb and asked Dave and Geri if they would consider hosting two of my boys who had excellent communications potential. To my delight, they agreed! Tyler and Dylan were thrilled, as was I. It was quite exciting to hear those boys on the program as I made my way to work that morning. I had a nice follow up phone call from Geri, telling me how much fun she had with those kids. I had never met her, yet she did this kindness for two great kids. I am so sorry to hear Geri has passed away. She left a great impression on so many of us who enjoyed her program. Condolences to Dave and the family.

Jodi Bauers

July 25, 2019

Even a few days later, there are still no words. Much love and many prayers to Dave, Casey and Kristin...and all who will miss Geri. She managed to keep in touch with old friends and make new ones wherever she went. Geri made the world a better place. On and off the radio it was clear that family was the most important thing in Geri’s world. Years ago a boy said with all the certainty of a ten year old that “you get to see the good stuff from heaven.” I hope Geri can get a glimpse of the impact of her life. She was one of a kind and I will miss her. Peace and heartfelt sympathies to you....jodi

Geoff Brown

July 25, 2019

To Dave and family,
Words cannot express the sadness I felt of learning that Geri had passed. What a great person she was and what a hard-working and talented morning team you both were. Funny people and great parents. May God wrap his arms around you and the girls and hold you close.

Geoff Brown

Linda Quist

July 25, 2019

So sad to hear of Geri's passing. I listened to the Dave & Geri morning show from day one until they left radio. Always brightened my day. My daughter said that show was a whole chunk of her childhood. Geri made a big impact on a lotta lives.
Linda Quist
Grand Rapids MI

FROM THE FAMILY