Geraldine Williams, affectionally known as “Gerrie” was born on December 4, 1948 in Brooklyn, New York to the late Elton and Estelle (nee Burwell) Haynes. To that union, Gerrie was the youngest of four daughters. Gerrie was educated in the public school system in Brooklyn and graduated from George W. Wingate High School.
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After graduation, Gerrie began working at Loeb Rhoades (later Smith Barney) on Wall Street in Manhattan where she was employed over 30 years despite a series of mergers. Gerrie was united in marriage to the late Randy Williams and moved to Corona, New York where they became the proud parents of Brian.
Gerrie was kind, generous and enjoyed traveling to Atlantic City for walks on the boardwalk. Gerrie also loved bowling, horse racing and traveling. A song, entitled “My Redeemer Lives” by Nicole Mullen, helped to strengthen Gerrie.
My Redeemer Lives
Who taught the sun
Where to stand in the morning
And who taught the ocean
You can only come this far
And who showed the moon
Where to hide till evening
Whose word alone can
Catch a falling star
Well I know my Redeemer lives
I know my Redeemer lives
All of creation testifies
This life within me cries
I know that my Redeemer lives.
Gerrie was also preceded in death by two sisters, Janet Overton and Patricia Lewis.
At Calvary Hospital in The Bronx, New York, Gerrie entered her eternal rest on October 13.
She leaves to cherish her memory: loving son Brian (Ashley) Williams, a granddaughter, Rowan Williams all of Hagerstown, MD; a sister, Leslie Grange, Brooklyn, NY; and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives.