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Geraldine Disrude

A memorial service will be held for Gerry Disrude, 92, Saturday, July 7, 2012, 12:30 p.m., at her home in Applegate, Ore., with a potluck following. Gerry passed away May 27, 2012, at Rogue Valley Medical Center.

Anna Geraldine Disrude was born June 30, 1919, in Filer, Idaho, the daughter of Lee and Mamie (Pate) Conner. The family moved to Oregon from Idaho in February 1927, living for several years on the Greensprings. On April 11, 1941, she was married to Kenneth Disrude, who died in 1958. Gerry earned a bachelor's degree in education from Southern Oregon Normal School and lived at different times in Ashland, Phoenix, and Applegate, Ore. She worked as a bookkeeper and a turkey farmer before retiring. She was an active member of the Redwood Christian Church in Grants Pass, Ore. Gerry enjoyed traveling, and in 2008, added the 50th state to her "life list."

Gerry is survived by a daughter, Eula Wilson, of Grants Pass; a son, Kenneth L. Disrude, of Ecuador; her long-time companion and caregiver, Steve Decker, of Applegate; a brother, Donald (Pete) Conner, of Williams, Ore.; six grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Preceding her in death were her husband, Kenneth; a sister, Donas Ridenour; and five brothers, Jean, Sam, Frank, Jack, and John Conner.

Those who wish may make a memorial contribution to the American Heart Association, 1710 Gilbreth Road, Burlingame, CA 94010.