March 11, 1923 - February 27, 2016
Our sweet mom and grandmother, Geraldine Worley Garner Triplett, was welcomed to heaven by her Father in the early morning hours on February 27, 2016. Heaven has gained a wonderful servant with a smiling face and a giving heart. Geraldine has lived a very full and active 92 years. She was born at home in Rochester, Texas on March 11, 1923. She had 9 brothers and sisters and was 5th of 10 children born to Ben and Bertha Worley. She graduated from Old Glory High School and excelled in math and sports. Her mom was a midwife and as a teenager, Geraldine drove her mother in their horse driven wagon to help deliver babies. At age 16 she became a Christian and was a faithful member her whole life. She led the way for all of us in our family. She became a nurse during WWII when training was hands-on and was a nurse for several doctors during her lifetime. She married John L Garner, the father of her children, in 1943. She lived in Lockhart, Morton, Old Glory, Earth, Aspermont, Dallas, and Longview (all over Texas). She loved sewing, crocheting, quilting, and making Priscilla dolls always looking for her next project. In 1976, she made her first Priscilla doll for her granddaughter Heather Ray Burris who was about to have surgery. Since then, Geraldine has made over 100 dolls for grandchildren, great-grandchildren, fundraisers, and gifts to needy children. She has sewn costumes and uniforms for many of our children’s programs. She was even crocheting baby hats for Threads of Love last week and was always willing to help anyone who needed her. After the death of John L in 1987, Geraldine married E.F.Triplett and was married to him for 13 years. “Trip” loved her dearly and they travelled to different countries and loved living in Fort Stockton and San Angelo before his death in 2002. Since then, Geraldine has lived in 3 different retirement homes and was “Senior Olympic Pool Champion” in San Angelo. In 2007, she moved to Longview and has lived in Buckner Westminster Place. She called this sweet place the best retirement center of all. We are all indebted to the kind and sweet friends and helpers at Buckner – a wonderful Christian atmosphere. Geraldine was a member of Alpine Church of Christ and was active in the Fun Bunch group with her good friend Bessie Kyle. Geraldine loved the Texas Rangers and watched every game! Geraldine saw many changes in her lifetime from the great depression, food and gasoline rationing to microwave ovens, men on the moon, and cell phones. She even had her own i-phone and texted and was on Facebook. Our mom and grandmother was never afraid of change – embracing life with a smile and outgoing spirit. Her faith brought her through many difficulties but she always looked forward to her home in heaven. Well done, faithful servant! She was preceded in death by her parents: Ben & Bertha Worley; her first husband: John L Garner; an infant son Robert Dale Garner; a grandson Jeff Leverett; her second husband E. F. Triplett; and 7 brothers and sisters: Homer Worley, Gladys Worley Brown, Mary Worley Hansen, Lennis Worley, Mable Worley Sawyers, Ray Worley and Wayne Worley. She is survived by 4 children who loved her dearly: Judy Garner Hobert and husband Tony of Munday, Texas; Beverly Garner Ray and husband James of Longview, Texas; Johnny Garner and wife Nancy of McKinney, Texas; and Lisa Garner Morales of Prosper, Texas. Her 9 grandchildren who adored her are: Stuart Leverett, Richie Ray, Heather Ray Burris, Crystal Garner Spencer, Courtney Garner Orr, Jonathan Garner, Marcella Morales, Gabriella Morales, and Francesca Morales, 10 great grandchildren: Megan Leverett, Kayla Leverett; Grant Burris, Rylie Ray, Reagan Ray, Erin Burris, Reese Ray, Ian Burris, Sutton Spencer and Callyn Spencer; and 1 great-great-grandson: Xavier Williams. Also surviving her are 2 precious sisters: Christine Worley Hatfield and Fay Worley McBroom, and many nieces and nephews. Pallbearers will be all family members. The most fitting tribute to Geraldine is Proverbs 31:28 “Her children rise up and call her blessed.” Her children are thankful for her legacy of faith and are joyous at her homecoming in heaven. We can only imagine the classes she is organizing and teaching there today. Funeral services will be 10am, Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at Alpine Church of Christ in Longview. Friends are welcome to join the family for a time of visitation from 5pm-7pm Monday, February 29, 2016 at Rader Funeral Home in Longview. The family wishes that memorials may be made to Geraldine’s favorite charities: Caring & Sharing in Longview, Threads of Love, or any other charity of your choice.
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