Geraldine “Jerri” Dingus, 80

Geraldine “Jerri” Dingus, 80, passed away on October 5, 2016 at the Defiance Area Inpatient Hospice Center. She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Donald Bane Dingus,her parents, Charlie F. H. and Mamie Taylor, her older sisters, Martha Jean Crosby, Mendie Lou Pinner, Charlie Faye Coppage, and brother, Eugene Talmadge Taylor. She is survived by her son, Gregory (Laurie) Dingus, Whitehall, MI, her daughter, Cheryl (Richard) Thomas, Defiance,OH, her brother, William Franklin Taylor, Adel, GA, 7 grandchildren, and 10 great grandchildren.

Jerri was a wife, mother, and homemaker. She was born in Adel, GA as one of 6 children. By the time she was 14, her mother and father had passed away, leaving her and her younger brothers in the care of her sister and her husband, Martha and Gene Crosby. Martha was Jerri’s second mother. She graduated from Adel High School in 1954. In 1955 she met and married a young Air Force airman, stationed near Adel at Ft. Moody, named Donald Dingus. Don’s job took them all over the US; Defiance, OH, Chattanooga, TN, Wabash, IN, Myerstown, PA, and Dallas, TX. Together they traveled to many places in the US and the world. When Don retired, they resettled in Defiance, OH.

Her greatest joy was family; her husband, her children and grandchildren and great grandchildren, her siblings and extended family. She loved to visit and entertain for holidays,
birthdays, and just because. She always had a big dining room table to accommodate a big family group. She enjoyed traveling with her husband, but perhaps loved returning home even more. She was always home decorating and loved to read, listen to music, watch wildlife, and was a wonderful cook. Jerri was quiet at times, outspoken at others, but always had a smile.

While the peach was taken out of Georgia, Georgia was never taken out of the peach. Jerri remained a Georgian at heart. She will be deeply missed by family and friends.

There will be a private memorial for her at Krill Funeral Home, 860 West Mulberry Street, Bryan.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made in the form of donations to the Defiance Area Inpatient Hospice Center.

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