Geraldine Rose Smith of Anytown, TX, is the latest victim of Covid-19. She died on Aug. 4, 2020, at 68 years old.
After a long and lauded career as an elementary school teacher, Geraldine had just retired from Anytown School District and was looking forward to spending her golden years enjoying her grandchildren, as well as showing her beloved French Poodle, Maisy, at dog shows all over the region.
Geraldine was born on May 1, 1952, to Bruce and Sharleen Carrington of Austin, TX. They made the move to Houston when she was 4 years old. Like her parents, she quickly became a fan of the Houston Astros from the day the team formed. She was a season ticketholder, which she called her "big splurge." One of her favorite memories was the time she won box seats in a raffle and was able to take her entire fourth grade class to the game, where they met pitcher Nolan Ryan.
She was a born teacher. From a young age, Geraldine would round up neighborhood children to play "school." If no children were available to play, her stuffed animals were her students. She ultimately attended the University of Houston, where she secured a teaching credential and met her husband, Carl Smith, who preceded her in death in 1980.
Even after spending long days at school, and then preparing lessons, Geraldine was passionate about volunteering in the community. She was on the board of Big Sisters of Houston, designed and launched a teacher mentor program at Anytown School, and, while re-watching episodes of The West Wing, crocheted hats for premature babies at Anytown General Hospital. Even during the pandemic, she continued her service at the Texas All-Access Food Bank, where she had just been awarded the honor of Volunteer of the Year.
Geraldine leaves behind her longtime partner Jerry Ravenscroft and their dog Maisy. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to support homeless youth or to provide PPE for essential workers in the greater Houston area or your own locale. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, no services will be held.
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