OBITUARY

Geraldine "Geri" Marie Turner

September 20, 1962January 16, 2021

Geraldine (Geri) Marie Turner left to be with the Lord on Saturday, January 16, 2021. Geri’s story began on September 20, 1962 in Paris, France when she was born the youngest of five children to Gerald and Belia Calhoun. Geri returned to her mom’s hometown as a toddler when her dad was stationed at Fort Sam, in San Antonio. Geri was raised in San Antonio, graduating from Churchill High School, later marrying Leroy Edward Turner Jr. and giving birth to her son Leroy Edward Turner III (Trey). Geri’s passions in life included her family, her friends, her dogs, and all animals, especially those she loved and cared for in her dog grooming business, Geri’s Gentle Grooming, LLC.

Geri was a talented dog groomer with a special talent for handling dogs with special needs, and was somewhat of a “dog whisperer”. She was loved by her clients, especially the four-legged ones. Many of her clients actually looked forward to their visits with Geri, and because she cared for some of them for many years, whenever she lost one, she took it almost as hard as the “parents”. The family appreciates the outpouring of love and support shown by Geri’s clients, and while many of them considered her a friend, all of them appreciated the special place she held in the community. Geri’s son Trey, along with her other employees, intend to continue her legacy.

Geri was a unique and special person who loved life and the Lord, who never met a stranger, and who was an eternal optimist. Geri was a fierce fan of the Cowboys and the Spurs, and never missed a game. She loved the lake and the beach, and her favorite “get-away” included camping on the beach and hosting her friends at the lake. The new love of her life was her grandson Kingston (King), and she loved being his “Nana”.

Geri’s optimism persisted during her battle with COVID-19, including enduring a 3 week stay in the ICU at Methodist Hospital at Stone Oak. Throughout her battle she kept in touch with her clients, ensured her loved ones that she was going to “beat this thing”, and tried her best to keep up the spirits of the people caring for her; that is who she was. The family wishes to thank the doctors and nurses at Stone Oak Methodist ICU for the care they gave Geri, especially since her family could not be with her, because she felt that she was among friends.

Geri was preceded in Heaven by parents Gerald and Belia Calhoun; Godparents (Aunt) Carrie Barrera and Philip Moke; former husband Lee Turner; Aunts Mary Silvas, Bennie Partida, Lupe Rodriguez and Uncles Johnny Barrera, Manual Barrera, and Carlos Barrera, and their spouses. The recent loss of her mother, along with the previous loss of her dad and godparents, hit Geri especially hard, and it is of great comfort to the family to know that she is with them once again.

Geri leaves behind son Trey Turner, and his family Laura Valdez Turner and son Kingston Turner; siblings Carrie Kuhn, Charlotte Walker and husband Randy, Claudette Lee and husband Greg, Ed Calhoun and wife Melinda; nieces and nephews to whom she was the “cool aunt”: Justin Kuhn, Amanda Gomez, Cameron Walker, Ryan Lee, Courtney Lee, Connor Lee, Colton Calhoun and Austin Calhoun; great nieces and nephews Abby, Bradlee, Marlee, Emmitt and Stella. She leaves behind her Aunt Joan Barrera and many cousins. Other family members also include Bobby Turner and Debbie Miller. Geri also leaves behind many friends whom she considered family, including Jo Ann Hendley and Roxie Hagen, and her beloved constant four-legged companion, Brandi.

An outdoor Memorial Service honoring Geri is scheduled at Hops and Hounds Indoor/Outdoor Restaurant, located at 13838 Jones Maltsberger Rd, in San Antonio. This location was chosen so that all those who love Geri may attend, including her many furry four-legged friends.Please feel free to wear your Dallas Cowboys or San Antonio Spurs shirts in Geri’s honor. In lieu of flowers the family asks that you donate to Pause for Paws Inc., a no kill animal rescue mission that Geri was involved with. You can donate on their Facebook Page or call for alternative methods, 210-378-5373.

The family has received many inquiries regarding expenses and preserving Geri’s legacy, so a GoFundMe page has been set up for anyone who would like to contribute at: https://gofund.me/99641c4b

Condolences may be left for Geri’s family at: www.SunsetNorthFuneralHome.com

Services

1 March

Celebration of Life

3:00 pm

Hops & Hounds

13838 Jones Maltsberger
San Antonio , Texas

Please feel free to wear your Dallas Cowboys or San Antonio Spurs shirts in Geri’s honor.

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Suzan Browning

March 1, 2021

Geri was so sweet and very gentle with our older pup Ripley. I enjoyed my time at "pick up" with Geri, she always had a smile on her face and was so kind. Many times Geri helped with "emergency" situations with Ripley....and she always worked him into her schedule. I can hear Geri say..."YES ma'am, just bring Ripley in!" The photo attached is Ripley after Geri groomed him for our daughter's outdoor wedding...(Ripley attended!!) We will truly miss sweet Geri.

Jane Bieterman

February 27, 2021

It was with so much sadness that I learned of Geri's passing- just today (2/27/21). First met Geri when she had the mobile dog grooming vehicle. She came out to the house and took care of my golden retrievers. Twosie was a bit scared, but Geri just giggled and talked up a storm with him. Trey took care of my Tres and from then on I have only trusted my dogs with them. Sending our deepest sympathy. She will be more than missed.

Jane

Alana Calhoun

February 25, 2021

Geri was our groomer for years. She groomed and cared for my beloved Lola dog (along with my other pup) and was the kindest support when I lost her. I adopted another dog and continued to bring the two to Geri often for grooming. Geri was always smiling and positive and will be greatly missed by the community.

Sid & Sharon Nation

February 21, 2021

So sorry to hear of your loss of Geri. She was a jewel. When we would have our Yorkie, Jake groomed he would go to Geri’s. She loved all the dogs she groomed. She always did a good job grooming. Geri was very friendly and always nice. She will be missed. Our hearts were broken when we heard of her passing. God bless Geri and her family.

Sheryl Scott

February 10, 2021

Our sincere prayers go out to you girls and your families as you have now shared one of you with Heaven and its’ Angels...... that we all believe in and cherish. Because of Geri and your Mom and Dad and other beloved family and friends, Heaven gets sweeter every day. I know that is comforting to you girls, who are avid Christ followers. Love you and we’ll see you on the 22nd.

Dell Villa

February 9, 2021

It was clear to me, from my first visit to Geri’s shop 5 years ago, that she was one of the lucky ones. She was a woman who found her passion, and brought joy to every animal - and person - who walked through her door. Her laugh was infectious, and she always had a kind word for me and my girls, Ginger and Gloria. My heart goes out to Geri’s loved ones - may you find peace in this difficult time.

Marty Wampler

February 2, 2021

When I opened my doors on May 18th 2020 Geri came over and welcomed me with a great big smile. We started talking about the holistic and natural benefits of CBD. She was an advocate for any pet therapy that could help manage all the issues our pets have to endure. I remember she said thank you for opening this shop. Now I can get products for Brandi and her other dogs that also needed therapy. She would physically walk her customers over and introduce them to me, so we could discuss the potential benefits of my products. She would come over sometimes after work and sit in my little area and talk about the good old days and generally just talk about anything and everything. We got to know each other very well and we both loved our Cowboys team. She said she knew I was cool when she saw my Cowboys sticker on my truck. I will miss her dearly. She is in peace with our lord and father. Much love Geri. Till we meet again.

Christa Travis

February 2, 2021

Geri was referred to me and Roscoe fours years ago by a happy costumer! She took great care of my wiggle-worm Roscoe with patience and gentleness always with a smile on her face and a kind word! She will be so missed but never forgotten! Our love and prayers go out to her family Love Christa and Roscoe

Gayle and Juan Parra

January 29, 2021

We are heartbroken by the news. Thank you Geri for taking such sweet care of Ginger and Bernadette over the years. We will miss you but know you are reunited with loved ones and surrounded by so many furry friends. Blessings, prayers and peace for you, sweet kind Geri, and your family.

Heath and Crys Hadley

January 29, 2021

We are shocked and saddened by her passing. She and her staff took good care of Rocky and Rosey for 15 years. Now she is in the loving arms of Jesus and she will be sorely missed.

FROM THE FAMILY