Geraldine "Gerry" Joan Williams
March 23, 1927 – May 13, 2018
Geraldine “Gerry” Williams, age 91, of Rochester, Michigan, passed away May 13, 2018. She was born in Los Angeles, California on March 23, 1927. Gerry attended U.C.L.A. and studied foreign language. She was married to Don Jerry Williams on September 21, 1947. Gerry had a career in the film industry and education, at a time she also worked as a medical secretary. She was a member of the Screen Actors Guild and had a passion for her family, art, animals, as well as sewing. Gerry is survived by her children, Erin (Gary) Hanson, Trenton Williams, and Kevin (Janet) Williams; her grandchildren, Logan (Sarah) Hanson, Cody (Jennifer) Hanson, Cameron (Desiree) Hanson, Brooke (Thomas) Kline, Heather Williams, Sean (Chelsea) Williams, and Marisa Moreno; her great grandchildren, Ronan Hanson, Isla Hanson, Caelen Kline, Addison Kline, Tabitha Kline, Henry Kline, Calab Williams, Liliana Moreno, and Justin Moreno; and her sister, Karen Morgan.
“Gerry went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Sunday, May 13, 2018. She was proceeded in death by her husband and love of her life for 60 years, Don Jerry Williams. Gerry was a talented Hollywood actress in the 40's. She sang on the radio where she met Don Jerry. She was also a highly accomplished watercolor artist, a wonderful seamstress, and was also proficient in foreign language, having studied at UCLA. She was a favorite home economics teacher who was fortunate enough to keep in touch with many of her students decades later.
Most of all, she gave everything she had to be a great Mom. Her favorite times were spent with her family and traveling across the U.S. and Canada with her grandsons. They were a constant source of love and pride, and always tried to keep her laughing and experiencing so many great times. She was adored by her family and friends.
One of her favorite hobbies was Facebook and researching things on the Internet. She made many friends in her Waltonwood Senior Community as well as on-line. We were always amazed on how she was able to find and connect with people, some of them not having spoken to her in 60+ years! She was also one of the smartest people you could ever meet. Gerry loved animals and had a heart for rescue dogs, and supported rescue organizations.
She will be highly missed by her family, friends and all who knew and loved her, and cared for her during her later years. We know that she and Jerry are probably once again wowing the heavenly crowd with a romantic duet performance of "Someone To Watch Over Me" right at this very moment!”
Geraldine "Gerry" Joan Williams
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May 30, 2018
I miss my friend that I shared emails with since 2002. Our mutual friend, Claire, told me about Gerry and her wonderful family. I congratulated her for having a grandson, Logan, who stood up for a conservative right in school. That was the start of a beautiful friendship exchanging notes about our families, politics, and the love of Our Lord Jesus. I live in California, having moved here from Michigan in 1999. We met for lunch in person only once and that was on May 3, 2004, with Erin joining us briefly. Afterward, she sent me a hand painted thank you card which I cherish. Over the years, we became close friends exchanging ideas and praying for each others family and any needs. She was in inspiration to me. She is at peace now in the arms of Jesus, and being with her loving husband Jerry.
May 20, 2018
Grandma and I always had a special bond growing up. From the time I was young, she would do things like ask me to come over and "find" things that she purposely lost so that we could spend time together. In high school, she would think of funny things to say to make my high school friends laugh and was always known as the cool grandma who had mastered the art of the fist bump. We had many great family vacations together and remained close until she passed. She was very lucky to have the love and support of my parents and siblings and will be missed by many. We love you grandma and hope you are enjoying Heaven with Grandpa.
May 17, 2018
My grandma has been a presence in my life since I was born. She lived with us, vacationed with us, and laughed with us. Grandma's quick wit and sense of humor were some of the funniest and most enjoyable times I can remember. I would not trade the memories, the laughter, the joy, and the experiences we have shared for anything in the world. She leaves behind a legacy of art, friendships, and most importantly, her family. Her daughter (my mother) has been shaped in so many wonderful ways by grandma, including her compassion and love for knowledge. Even when grandma could no longer walk, my mother got her a wheelchair and took her and the family to museums, restaurants, anything to get her out of the house and out to make new memories. My favorite of which was "painting with a twist". She drank wine and painted again for the first time in years. No one there could believe she was 90. I thank her for those memories everyday...I am proud of the caring, and deep relationship they always had. I will miss their banter and camaraderie at the holidays. My wife and I loved coming to see her, taking her to her favorite Chinese restaurant (they knew her by name there), talking about her paintings, which we are luckily enough to have all over our house, meeting her friends at Waltonwood, and listening to the stories of her past in Hollywood. Although she is gone, the memories we have with her will never leave us. We will always love our grandma and could never thank her enough for having such a huge influence on her daughter's life, our life, and the lives of so many close to her.
May 17, 2018
Sincere condolences to Gerry's family.
I was very saddened by the passing of my close, dear friend here in Michigan. She was a multi-talented, intelligent lady who touched many people's lives with her kindness and generosity. I so enjoyed her stories of growing up in California. She had such an incredible memory for all the events & friends she had made throughout the years.
She was happy living at Waltonwood and always tried to participate in the festivities , especially the singing & musical groups. Gerry could sing the lyrics of songs without hesitation.
I will miss our nightly phone conversations where we discussed what we did that day and what was going on in the world.
Gerry loved her family and was very proud of them.
Rest in peace dear friend. You will be deeply missed but never forgotten.
Your Canadian friends,
Elaine & Greg Rogers
Elaine & Greg Rogers
May 16, 2018
I was lucky enough to meet Gerry a few years ago I think it was. Erin had brought her into work (the kennel) with her on her off day. I like to think that on a good day, on my “A” game, I have a somewhat quick witted personality. I remember and will never forget how quick Gerry was, even at her age. I was blown away. She was hard to keep up with. To see Erin and her go back and forth, I felt like I should have been paying for the entertainment. She was hilarious! So quick and sharp. I remember saying to Erin that I wanted to go with them, wherever that was once they decided to leave the kennel. I didn’t want to miss what she was going to say next! What a lady and mother, daughter combo I witnessed that day. 91 is still not enough time. Our condolences to the family. I know she will leave a big hole to fill and will be deeply missed. Love you guys.
May 16, 2018
My deepest sympathy to Gerry’s family. She was an incredible lady who has made a lasting impression on my life. I worked at Waltonwood and Gerry and I got to know eachother very well. She was my absolute favorite person, always smiling and engaging in conversation. I will never forgot her smile, wit, warmth and wealth of information. I just loved talking with her, she had such a beautiful light about her. I will always treasure those memories. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.
May 15, 2018
I was so grateful to reconnect with Mrs. Williams through Facebook. I was one of her daughter's friends and a student of hers in home economics. She gave me the encouragement I needed to complete our projects. I still think of the projects I made in her class from time to time. Earth has lost a beautiful soul, but I can only imagine the celebration in heaven right now and her reuniting with her husband and loved ones. My prayers go out to her family during this time of transition.
May 15, 2018
We have so many memories together with Grandma! I’m thankful I could be part of her life for the last 13 years! I have many remembrances from her and Grandpa that I will treasure forever! Most recently how much she loved Ronan and could share a part in his life! And it was so special she could meet Isla Saturday! Words cannot describe the piece missing from our hearts for her but we are all fortunate to have known her. We love and miss her so much but are so happy her and Grandpa are reunited again!