Journal Express, Knoxville, IA


April 17, 2014

Wilma Geery

Wilma Lucinda Geery was born Dec. 27, 1937, in Tracy, the daughter of John and Anna (Thompson) Angelo.

On Dec. 27, 1953, Wilma was united in marriage to Keith Geery, Sr. Keith was in the service and the couple lived in several locations, including California, Texas, Colorado, Kentucky and Iowa. In later years the couple retired in Colorado Springs and managed an apartment complex. In 1992, Keith passed away and in 2003 Wilma moved to Knoxville.

Wilma enjoyed her home on Rock Island Street, where she watched race fans. She also liked science fiction movies and books. Wilma was well known for her cooking skills, especially fried chicken. Her greatest joy was spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Wilma passed away on Friday, April 11, 2014, at the Knoxville Hospital at the age of 76 years.

She was preceded in death by her parents, daughter, Sheila, husband, Keith and granddaughter, Kelly.

Those left to honor her memory include her children: Keith Geery, Jr. of Knoxville; Robert (Shelia) Geery of Dixon, Tenn.; Everett (Beate) Geery of Fountain, Colo.; David (Chris) Geery of Seattle, Wash.; Ron (Lora) Geery of Milo and Anna (George) Shores of Knoxville; 13 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; siblings: Doris Freeman, Paul Angelo, Louise McKinney and Eileen Chrispen and many other family members and friends.

A Memorial Service was held at the Bybee & Davis Funeral Home on Sunday, April 13, 2014, with Brad Jahner, officiating. Musical Selections were “I Won’t Have to Cross Jordan Alone”, “Holes in the Floor of Heaven”, “How Do I Live” and “Amazing Grace” sung by Sabrina Oliver with Vanessa Lange as pianist. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to the family. Online condolences may be left at

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