July 20, 1932 – February 24, 2020
Geraldine “Jerry” was born on July 20, 1932 to Carrie Mae (Posey) and Luther Wesley Hester, in Little Rock, AR. She graduated from Little Rock Central High School in May, 1950 and Little Rock Junior College in May, 1952.
Jerry married the Love of her life, Edsel Dean Maddox, on September 28, 1952. Edsel preceded her in death on May 10, 2007. They were married for over 54 years and from this union came three wonderful children: Danny Dean (Dee), Deborah Ann Maddox Baucum (Gary), and, Douglas Wayne (Mirtha), all born in Big Spring, TX at Webb AFB.
Jerry’s love of learning continued throughout her life, and she went on to receive her BA at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (1975), her MA in Education (1981) plus Administrator’s Certificate. Her education culminated with Jerry’s earning her Ph.D. in Administration, Supervision and Curriculum Development from the University of Colorado at Denver (May 1997). Jerry taught in schools in Texas, North Carolina and finally in District 20 at Air Academy Junior High School and Challenger Middle School. She became Assistant Principal at Challenger Middle School in 1991. Jerry loved young people and thoroughly enjoyed working with them and the staff in District 20.
Jerry was a lifelong member of the Church of Christ and locally Mountain View Church of Christ. She utilized her teaching skills writing middle school curriculum for several congregations throughout her lifetime and taught Bible classes for most of her adult life. She taught a Sunday morning ladies class for 15 years. Teaching was not just a vocation; it was her lifework. She never stopped teaching and learning.
In addition to being survived by her children, Jerry was blessed with nine grandchildren: Tonya (Joe), Nicole, Michael, Cailean, Katy (John), Danny, Mark (Jaclyn), Jean (Carol), and Melvin; and with eight great-grandchildren: McKenna, Brooklyn, Josiah, Isa, Luke, Levi, Ruby, and Grace. She is also survived by a host of Rinehart nieces and nephews, and the Maddox Family.
A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 29, 2020 at Shrine of Remembrance “America the Beautiful” Chapel, 1730 E. Fountain Blvd. Inurnment will follow at Shrine of Remembrance. A 12:30 p.m. reception will be at Mountain View Church of Christ, 1080 E. La Salle St.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to The Pike’s Peak Library District at PPLD.org.