SAN TAN VALLEY, Ariz. — Geraldine Pomeroy of San Tan Valley, Ariz., formerly of Princeton, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, in Mesa, Ariz.
She was born May 12, 1919, in Henry to Irma (Newton) and Ray T. Snyder. She attended the one-room McVicker elementary school until 1934 when the family moved to the Princeton area. She graduated from Princeton High School in 1936 and went immediately to work at Landahls for the next 10 years, leaving as assistant buyer and bookkeeper.
Gerry and Oren D. Pomeroy Jr. were joined in marriage April 21, 1940, and remained in Princeton until 1954 when they moved to Walnut. They had four children, Dana Rae, Oren D. III, Rhonda Marie and Deborah Leigh. In 1972, Gerry’s family moved to Plainfield, where she lived until 1975 when she spent a year traveling with Oren’s work through Alabama, Louisiana and North Carolina. In 1976, the couple moved to Juneau, Alaska, where she resided for 29 years, choosing to stay after Oren passed away in 1978. In 2004 she moved to Greenville, S.C., and on to San Tan Valley, Ariz., in 2009 where she spent her remaining days.
Gerry was a member of the United Methodist Church, transferring her membership each time she moved. She was very active with the women’s groups of each church she attended, taught Sunday school both in Princeton and Walnut, and spent 10 years as a 4-H leader in Walnut. She belonged to the Presbyterian Hill Club and the DadJo club. Gerry was a worthy and past matron of Ruth Chapter 151, now a part of Amaranth Chapter 290, of the Order of Eastern Star having joined at the age of 21. She began selling Tupperware in 1955 and continued for nearly 50 years being respected by the company and known to all around her as the “Tupperware Lady” wherever she lived. Gerry loved poetry, music, dancing and sports. She square danced up until her 85th birthday, traveling to White Horse, Canada, on several occasions and taking a Panama Cruise with other square dancers. She followed the Chicago Cubs and Bulls wherever she lived and adopted the Suns when she moved to Arizona.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Oren; parents Irma and Ray T; brother Eugene; sister Dorothy; daughter Dana Rae; nephew David Pomeroy; and sons-in-law Walt Sinner, Jim Cargill and Paul Davidson.
She is survived by her children, Oren DeLacour III (Alice) of Bloomington, Rhonda Marie (Cargill) of Chowchilla, Calif., and Deborah Leigh (Davidson) of San Tan Valley, Ariz.; three grandchildren, James Oren, Tryphena Marie and Joseph Arthur Cargill; a son-in-law, Dr. Al Link; a sister-in-law, Margaret Birkey; numerous nieces and nephews; and a former foster daughter, Lois Beaber.
Visitation for Gerry will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Norberg Funeral Home, Princeton, with the funeral at 11 a.m. Friday at the Elm Lawn Memorial Park Chapel in Princeton. A reception following the funeral will be held at the Princeton Methodist Church.
Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the American Red Cross and/or the Shriners Children's Hospital.
Condolences and memories may be posted at www.norbergfh.com or mailed to the Pomeroy family at 9142 Hilltop Lane, Bloomington, IL 61705.