Geraldine L. Stroud

STANTON - Geraldine L. Stroud, 84, died peacefully surrounded by her family at her home in Stanton August 11, 2014. Funeral services were August 13 at Downtown Church of Christ in Stanton with Deral McWhorter and Kendall Tomlinson, officiating. Burial followed in the Evergreen Cemetery in Stanton. The family received friends on Tuesday at the Gilbreath Funeral Home in Stanton. She was known to all her friends as Geri, was born July 9, 1930, in Sterling City in Sterling County, to Kim William Long and Vallie Mae Shugart Long. She was the oldest of five children. She graduated from Garden City High School in 1947 and married Wayne Dennis Stroud Dec. 24, 1949, in Stanton at the Downtown Church of Christ with G.B. Shelburne, Sr., officiating. She and Wayne attended Sul Ross State College in Alpine where she earned her bachelor of business administration degree in 1954 after being inducted into the Alpha Chi Honor Society her junior year. After finishing college, the couple settled in Midland, where both worked for oil companies. In 1959 they moved to Houston, where she worked as an executive secretary for the Milwhite Mud Company. In 1962, they decided to leave the corporate life behind and returned to farm near Stanton. She was a homemaker, business partner in the farm, and a teacher in the Stanton school system where she taught 4th grade and was later a substitute teacher. After she and Wayne retired from farming in 1982, they loved spending time with their grandchildren. She was an avid reader and never gave up her teacher’s heart, teaching and sharing the joy of reading with her grandchildren. She was a member of the Downtown Church of Christ in Stanton. She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister Clairese Hale (wife of Doyle Hale). She is survived by her husband of 64 years Wayne; her sisters, Peggy Ballard and husband, Bobby of Big Spring, and Betty McDonald of Abilene; and her brother, Kimmie Long and wife, Dorothy of Big Spring. She is also survived by her son, David Stroud and wife, Leonor of Austin and her daughter, Ann Quaid and husband, Robert of Stanton along with three grandsons, David Stroud, Jr. of Austin, Joshua Quaid and Ethan Quaid of Stanton; one granddaughter, Jennifer Holler and husband, Steve of Kyle, and one great-grandson, Jackson Holler of Kyle. Geri also leaves behind many nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements were under the direction of Gilbreath Funeral Home of Stanton. Online condolences may be made at: www.npwelch.com.
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