Geraldine Mary Booth Guthrie

Our beloved wife and mother, Geraldine Mary Booth Guthrie, passed into the hands of her Lord and Savior on December 27, 2012, after a short illness and a long and happy life of 91 years.

Born Geraldine Mary Booth on October 12, 1921, in Rochester, N.Y., she moved with her Mother and Sister to Syracuse at an early age where she grew up, attended Central High School and spent many a memorable summer on her Aunt and Uncle’s farm near Ithaca, N.Y.

During WWII, Gerry (as she preferred to be called) worked for the E.W. Edwards & Sons Department Store in downtown Syracuse as an elevator operator, met the love of her life and future husband, Donald E. Guthrie, and the two were married on August 10, 1943. They established a home together on Bellevue Ave. and provided a loving residence for the returning family members from WWII.

On February 7, 1946, a son, Robert D., was born and the family established a new, permanent residence on Syracuse’s South Side in the Onondaga Valley.

Over the years, as the family matured… Robert graduating from Onondaga Valley Academy and later serving in the U.S. Air Force, attending Syracuse University, entering into a professional career with American Airlines and, later, with various international telecommunications and hotel entities… the family traveled to many places around the world together.

The family over the past many years has established residences in Lafayette, NY, Phoenix/Scottsdale, AZ, Federal Way, WA, and, since April 2009, in Cottonwood, AZ.

Gerry, during the last few months of her life, came under the care of her family and the local Hospice service organization in her Cottonwood, AZ, home where she passed away peacefully and quietly surrounded by her beloved family.

Gerry is survived by her beloved husband, Donald E., son Robert D. and Son-In-Law Justin L. Werner.

In accordance with her wishes, no formal funeral or memorial services will be observed and Gerry’s mortal remains will be cremated and sown over the beautiful Mogollon Rim County of Northern AZ of which she was so fond.

In lieu of flowers or other remembrances, Gerry’s wish was for donations to be made in her name to: Hospice of the Pines, 13175 E. SR 169, #B, Dewey, AZ 86327 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Pl., Memphis, TN 38105.

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