Geraldine Lydia Smith
February 14, 1942 – October 8, 2019
Geraldine Lydia Smith (78) died at her home in Estes Park, CO on October 8, 2019. Geri was born February 14, 1942 to Andrew and Dorothy (Marquardt) Freitag in Benton Harbor, MI. She graduated from St. Joseph High School in St. Joseph, MI then attended Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, MI. Geri received a Bachelor’s degree in science and a Master’s degree in early childhood education. She started her career in teaching in Warren, MI then to Garden City, MI and Plymouth, MI. Then moving west she also taught in the Fort Collins, CO area at Dunn-Washington and Riffenburgh Elementary Schools, Geri retired in 1976. She married her husband of 55 years, James Smith, on August 15, 1964 in St. Joseph, WI. They moved from Michigan to Fort Collins, CO then to Bellvue, CO and finally to Estes Park, CO in 1986 and later spending the winters in Green Valley, AZ. The Smiths had two daughters, Karen and Jill who would later graduate from Estes Park Schools. After retirement Geri taught knitting, piano, Sunday school and enjoyed tutoring all children. She was very involved in the home schooling movement in Bellvue and Estes Park, CO and also promoted Christian education in the Estes valley. She was a 4-H leader in Estes Park. Geri was a member of the Estes Park Baptist Church and played piano and organ for them, she also performed piano services for the Bellvue Baptist Church, 1st Baptist Church of Estes Park and the Rocky Mountain Evangelical Church. She also loved to knit baby hats for the hospital, play mahjong with all her friends in Estes and Green Valley, and was an active member of the Green Valley Baptist Church in Green Valley, AZ. Geri is preceded in death by both parents and her sister Johanna Hummel. She is survived by her Husband Jim of Estes Park, CO, brother Stephen Freitag (Debra) of Macomb, MI, daughters Karen Smith of Loveland, CO and Jill Klawonn (Glen) of Pine Bluffs, WY, grandson Carl Klawonn of Pine Bluffs, WY, brother in-law Phil Hummel of Fountain Hills, AZ and numerous nieces and nephews. A Celebration of Life Open House for Geraldine L. Smith will be held on Sunday, Nov 3rd at Mountain View Bible Fellowship from 2-4 pm. Family and friends are invited to join us for a sharing of memories, celebrating Geri's life and enjoying her favorite food, vanilla ice cream.
- Celebration of Life Sunday, November 3, 2019
Geraldine Lydia Smith
October 31, 2019
My dear sister :
Growing up, we were always close. One of my fondest Memories was sitting at the piano together as you played and we sang... Especially at Christmas time.
It saddens me you are gone, but we will meet again. In the meantime we will live on together as you are a part of me and I of you. It was a kind gift we talked for an hour a few days before you passed.
With saddened, but warm memories that live on...
October 22, 2019
Geri was a dear and valued friend. I miss her tremendously and am heart broken we will not get to do our planned needlework projects. She was a blessing in my life . God Bless all of you who are left behind to go on. It's the things you don't see coming that can hit the hardest. Sincere sympathy. Anna Weber
October 19, 2019
I should have hugged you tighter and longer the last time I saw you.
October 14, 2019
Geri, where would I begin? “My Sister,” as we called each other for the last 42 years , was an indescribably wonderful person. I could call her upset about something, and before I would know, she had me understanding what I should do and had me laughing. She was such a caring person. And talented lady she was. She could play the piano beautifully, and shared her talent with many. Geri was a wonderful cook and homemaker, as well as an accomplished seamstress. Geri’s sense of humor was wonderful. I will so miss her infectious laugh! She always had a smile on her face, no matter what. Geri leaves her wonderful husband, Jim , and their beautiful daughters. The girls have so much of their Mother in them, for which I am so thankful! Rest In Peace, my dear Sister.
October 12, 2019
Monday as we were wrapping up our twice a week majhong game at the Estes Park Community Center, we were wishing Geri safe travels back to Arizona for the winter, joking about me sending caramel corn for Christmas, and looking forward to when she would return next spring. It is hard to imagine that she won't be at the table with us, sharing stories and laughing. She will be missed.
October 12, 2019
Geri taught me to Knit. I think of her warmth, caring, sense of humor and love every time I pick up my knitting. I will miss her a lot, both in Green Valley and Estes Park. Go with God, Geri, and play the piano for the angels.
October 11, 2019
Geri was one of the most warm and loving people I have ever known. My heartfelt deepest sympathy to her girls and her dear husband, Jim.