|Birth: ||Oct. 11, 1930|
|Death: ||Jan. 1, 2009|
Geraldine Sullivan Carius of Batesville, age 78, died peacefully on January 1, 2009 at her home. She was formerly Geraldine Mary Sullivan who was born in Lawrence, Mass. on 11 October 1930 to Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Sullivan of that city. She attended schools in the area and graduated from Emmanuel College with honors with a bachelor's degree in History in 1952. Shortly thereafter, she joined the Navy and was commissioned an Ensign. Her duty stations included Officer's Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island; Pensacola Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida and the Navel Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. Her Navy expertise was in communications, including being the custodian for several thousand classified documents.
She met and married her surviving husband, Robert Carius, at the Naval Postgraduate School. They were married on 17 March 1957 in the chapel at the school. She had to resign her Navy commission as a Lieutenant (Senior Grade) on 7 February 1958 to await the birth of her first child. At that time a female member of the Navy could not have any minor dependents; thus her forced resignation. Patricia Anne (McGinnis) was born on 2 June of the same year.
She and her husband, who was a career Navy man, lived in many homes and localities in the United States until his retirement in 1981. At that time, they and their two youngest children moved to Batesville to begin another phase of their life. Her role in life as she described it was "to be a good mother and wife and to support my husband in his career".
She did this with intelligence, compassion an fortitude, especially during the many long deployments at sea that her husband had during his years of sea duty. Her role as a single parent during those times was accomplished with grace and aplomb. As the wife of a Navy commanding officer, she often had extra responsibilities to carry in addition to her family's needs.
Six children were born in this family during the many changes of Navy duty stations. They are Patricia (McGinnis of Pottstown, Pennsylvania with children Kathleen, Matthew and Mary Elizabeth); Mary (Carpenter of Cave City, Arkansas with children Kristen and Kyle and grandson Gage); Linda (Sforza of Cave City, Arkansas with son, Christopher); Robert H, ( of Cave City, Arkansas); LtCdr (USN) Daniel (of Naples, Italy with children Nicole, Ashly and Lauren); and Sara (Rhode of Savannah, Georgia).
After her husband's retirement, she opened a knitting and needlecraft business in Batesville, Arkansas, their new hometown. She had worked in a similar shop outside of Washington, D.C. when her husband was stationed at the Pentagon and eventually wanted to own a shop of her own. She made many friends during the eight years that she was in business, and often remarked that the best part of having her knitting shop "was the chance to get to know so many fine people from this area". After she retired from the retail business, she and her husband built homes in the county.
After all the children had left home, she and her husband built a home in the county where she resided until her death. Gerry was an avid reader who could read a book in a day or two, loved her animals that she cared for on their acreage and at one time was a volunteer at Help and Hope. As a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church she was associated with the Ladies Auxiliary at the church.
She and her husband liked to travel to visit their children and grandchildren and to experience new adventures. In spite of her failing health in recent years, she remained active with her children, grandchildren and great grandson and never lost her sharp Irish wit.
She is survived by her husband, one brother, Andrew Sullivan of Ash Flat, Arkansas, her six children, nine grandchildren and one great grandchild.
Funeral services from the Roller-Crouch Funeral Home are as follows: Visitation will be from 5 to 7 P.M. Sunday, January 4, followed by the rosary. A funeral Mass will be said at 11:00 A.M. on Monday, January 5, at St. Mary's Catholic Church.
She will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C. Memorials may be made to St. Mary's Memorial Fund or to the United Way of Independence County.
Arlington National Cemetery
Created by: Tammy
Record added: Jan 01, 2009
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