Geraldine (Gerrie) Thompson Kelly Trout, passed away May 10, 2019, at her home in Medford, OR, at the age of 95.
Geraldine (Gerrie) Thompson Kelly Trout, passed away May 10, 2019, at her home in Medford, OR, at the age of 95. She was buried at Eagle Point National Cemetery in a private ceremony. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Geraldine Clarice, the eldest daughter of Arnold O. and Clara M. (Anderson) Thompson, was born July 8, 1923, in Grand Forks, ND. They lived in Emerado, ND, until their house burned in the great fire. Her family then moved to Grand Forks. She graduated from Grand Forks Central after her junior year of high school. She then went on to UND where she was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority and was also a cheerleader. During WWII, she worked for Consolidated Steel Corp. in Long Beach, CA. She married her college sweetheart, Donald F. Kelly from Devils Lake, ND, in Sioux City, IA, in 1943 while he was in the Navy. They made their home in Devils Lake until his passing in Dec., 1963. While in Devils Lake, she had three children, Charlotte, Cheryl and Dennis. Gerrie was very social and active. She served as president of the Town and Country Club Women’s Club, president of St. Joseph’s School’s Mother’s Club and American Legion’s All State Selection committee, and was a member of Beta Sigma Phi. She also belonged to Birthday Club and Bridge Club. In Aug. of 1964, after the marriage of her daughter, Charlotte, and purchasing a new Valiant convertible, she, Cheryl and Dennis moved to Medford, OR, to be near her sister, Tommi Retzlaff. She worked for Dr’s Retzlaff and Dysart until her brother-in-law, John Retzlaff, MD, went back to Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. At that time, Dr. John Watson called and asked her to work for him. He called her ‘Flash.’ If you knew her, you know why. After her work in the medical field, she became a joint owner of Continental Beauty College where she worked on the front desk. She had naturally beautiful grey hair at a young age. Many patrons asked to have their hair “look just like hers.” In 1967, Gerrie married Robert Trout - a happy marriage that lasted almost 52 years. In 1968, she joined the real estate field as an active realtor with Bert Pree Real Estate. Subsequently, in 1968, Gerrie, Robert (Bob) and fellow realtor Calista Handwerg opened their own office - T&H Prime Properties. They had many happy, busy years selling real estate. Although working hard, they found time to travel by RV, air and sea in OR, western states, Mexico, Asia and Europe. Gerrie and Bob had a great life together with many friends, social activities and good times with family. While Gerrie played Bridge - lots of Bridge - Bob golfed. Together they loved to dance. They made their final move to The Springs at Veranda Park where with many new and old friends, lived the last happy years. Gerrie always had style and a flair for looking good. Her positive attitude was contagious and she was a friend to all. Gerrie is survived by; her husband, Robert (Bob); daughters, Charlotte (Tom Rutten), Cheryl (Steve Mozinski); son, Dennis; grandchildren, Tomi Nelsen (Peter), Rebecca Koterwas (Cliff), Michael Rutten, Jamie Norlander (Chris) and Donovan Grimes; great-grandchildren, Alexis and Aaron Koterwas, Harper Nelsen, Makenzie and Kennedy Norlander; her brother, Arnold Thompson (Bette); and sister, Joanne (Tommi) Retzlaff (John). She was preceded in death by; her first husband, Donald Kelly; her parents and granddaughter, Kelly Rutten.