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Geraldine Wynn

December 3, 1931 ~ September 9, 2022 (age 90)


Geraldine Wynn

Geraldine Wynn of Atlanta, Georgia passed on September 9, 2022, Memorial Service will take place on Saturday, September 17, 2022 at 1:00 PM.  at the Carl M. Williams Funeral Directors Chapel, 492 Larkin Street, SW. Atlanta, Georgia 30313.

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Geraldine (“Gerry”) Wynn was born on December 3, 1931 in Morristown, New Jersey, to the late Hattie Mae and John David Neely.  She was preceded in death by her sister, Mary Ruby Brown, and brother, John David Neely II.  

Gerry was educated in Morristown public schools and graduated from Morristown High School in 1949. She left New Jersey immediately after graduation to attend Lincoln School of Nursing in Harlem, New York.  While in New York, she met her future husband and the love of her life, the late James Roswell Wynn (affectionately known as “Wynn”). Geraldine graduated from Lincoln in 1953 and married James that same year for a union that would last for 59 years.  Upon graduation, Gerry worked for Morristown Memorial Hospital in Morristown, New Jersey.  Her first child, daughter Patricia, was born in 1955.  Gerry and her family moved from Brooklyn, New York to Teaneck, New Jersey after the birth of their second child, Suzanne, in 1959.   Their only son, David, was born in 1961.  Gerry was a stay-at-home mom until after her children started school.  She then went to work for Drs. Greenbaum and Pons until 1974.  While in Teaneck, she was a member of the Northeast Community Organization (NECO) and a Girl Scout Troop leader in the 1960’s. 

In 1974, Gerry and the family moved to Glen Ellyn, Illinois.  Her first priority was her family and Gerry stayed home to ensure everyone was settled before she started working for Bankers Life Insurance Company.  She remained there until 1977 when her family relocated back to New Jersey and settled in Cherry Hill.  Eventually, Gerry worked with her daughter, Patricia at the Camden County Board of Social Services in Camden, New Jersey until she retired.  In 1992, Gerry and her late husband moved to Atlanta where she remained until her death.

Gerry was a member of Cascade United Methodist Church and the Torchbearers ministry. Gerry had a variety of interests outside of her career as a nurse.  She was skilled at quilting, gardening, knitting, crocheting, sewing, and devouring books. Gerry was the consummate entertainer who loved throwing dinner parties for friends and having holiday gatherings for her family.  She employed her daughters as sous chefs and the clean-up crew.  Gerry was renowned for her cooking and could make any dish imaginable from chitlins to stuffed cabbage.  Gerry even took cooking classes so she could learn how to make Chinese food like a skilled chef.  Her yearly Christmas cookies were more sought after than gold bullions.  

Once she moved to Atlanta, Gerry had a garden that produced some of the best cucumbers, squash, tomatoes and herbs that she freely shared with others.    She taught an entire Girl Scout troop how to quilt and her skills helped the troop create a special quilt for the A. Philip Randolph Elementary School in Southwest Atlanta.  GG, as she was affectionately known by her grandchildren, took piano lessons in her 70’s just so she could learn to play her favorite hymns.  As an avid collector of black dolls, Gerry had a vast collection which she proudly displayed in each home she resided.  She took doll making classes in order to create her own one-of-a-kind pieces.  Gerry was a member of the Sister Reading Other Sisters (SRS) book club and participated in many memorable book club retreats over the years.  She traveled extensively around the world with her husband, daughter, son and grandchildren visiting destinations such as Hawaii, Aruba, Mexico, the Bahamas and Spain.  In her later years, Gerry crisscrossed the country visiting her children and grandchildren in Arizona, California and New Jersey as well as crocheting keepsake quilts for her grandchildren.  Gerry was very social and loved keeping in touch with her family and friends through phone calls and as an early adopter of Facebook and email.

What was most important to Gerry throughout her life was her family whom she cherished: She is survived by her loving children, Patricia (Patty) Joseph, Suzanne (Suzy) Ockleberry and David (Erin) Wynn; grandchildren James David and Sean Taylor Wynn, Keith Gregory and Kara Elizabeth Thomas, Joi Allison Walker, Jordan Leigh and Tyler Jalen Wynn Ockleberry, Kyah Ashley Wynn and great grandchild Parker Wynn.  She leaves to mourn her passing a host of family and special friends.

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Memorial Service
September 17, 2022

1:00 PM
Carl M. Williams Funeral Directors, Inc (Elethia Washington, Larkin St. SW)

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