|Birth: ||Mar. 16, 1870|
|Death: ||May 6, 1960|
CHANDLER - Funeral services for Mrs. Lissie Drusilla Gerardy, 90, will be held at the Methodist church today at 4 p.m. with Rev. W. J. Smith, assisted by Rev. Charles Puckett, pastor of the church, officiating. Burial will be in the Oak Park cemetery.
She died Friday at the home of a daughter, Mrs. H. R. Potter, with whom she made her home.
Mrs. Gerardy was born March 16, 1870, in Mercer county, near Aledo, Ill. She was married to Edward Gerardy in January, 1889 in Clay county, Illinois, near Fact, Kan., where she spent her early childhood.
She and he husband, Edward Gerardy, came to Oklahoma in Lincoln county in 1892, establishing their residence near the Forest community where he had purchased a relinquished claim. They moved into Chandler in 1942. After her husband's death, she made her home with her children.
She resided in Oklahoma City for several years, but had lived here at 1009 Iowa, with a daughter, Mrs. H. R. Potter for several years.
Mrs. Gerardy was a member of the Methodist church and had been very active in its program until a few years ago. During her early life she assisted in the rural church program in the community where she lived.
Her death ends a five generation family residing in Chandler.
In 1939 she and her husband celebrated their golden wedding anniversary.
She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Potter, of the home, Mrs. Ual J. Brown, Oklahoma City, and Mrs. L. V. Pinkston, Arkansas City, Kan.; and one son, Loren, of Chandler. She is also survived by 13 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.
Summarized from family history written by Evelyn Potter Park:
In late 1874, when Lissie was four, her family moved by train from Illinois to her grandfather's farm in Paradise, Wise County, Texas. But her two brothers died there, in 1878 and 1880, and her father took ill. So in 1880 the family moved to Sherman, Texas, where Lissie and her sister could attend school, and the father went to a verteran's home in Ohio for treatment. In March 1881, while he was gone, the mother caught pneumonia and died, leaving the girls alone. The Presbyterian minster sent the girls by train to their grandmother, Drusilla Morehead, in Clay County, Kansas. Lissie lived there until she married Edward Gerardy in 1889, when she was 18.
Excerpts from "The Pierre Gerardy Family in America" by Evelyn Potter Park, 1979:
Lissie was an excellent cook and gave credit to her mother-in-law, Caroline, for teaching her to cook. Two family favorites were German Cheese and Chicken and Noodles. The cheese was made from dry (homemade) cottage cheese, which was allowed to cure for about a week, after which it was mixed with butter and good thick cream and cooked over a low heat until it melted. It was then poured into a mold or pan to harden. It had a distinctive and unusual flavor, and was very good. Lissie always tried to have chickens big enough to fry and fresh peas and new potatoes from the garden as a treat for Ed on his May 22nd birthday each spring.
The Indian trail from the Kickapoo reservation went right by the Gerardy home. One day two Indian men stopped for water and saw Lissie sewing on her sewing machine. It must have been the first one they had seen as they came right back with their women and children. Lissie showed the women how the machine worked. They wanted her to make a dress for one of them, but Lissie said she was much too frightened to sew.
After the death of her husband Edward in 1942, Lissie made her home with her youngest daughter, Christel, in Oklahoma City. In 1953 she returned to Chandler to live with another daughter, Grace, until her death on May 6, 1960. Services were held at the Methodist Church on Mother's Day, which seemed very appropriate for this loving and dedicated mother.
Theobald Gross (1840 - 1913)
Margaret Ann Morehead Gross (1842 - 1881)
Edward Gerardy (1865 - 1942)*
Grace Clementine Gerardy Potter (1891 - 1966)*
Pearlie Christine Gerardy (1897 - 1899)*
Myrtle Lena Gerardy Pinkston (1899 - 1984)*
Goldie May Gerardy (1903 - 1911)*
Edward Loren Gerardy (1905 - 1994)*
Lissie Christel Gerardy Brown (1909 - 1999)*
Oak Park Cemetery
Maintained by: Darrell Brown
Originally Created by: Janey Clark
Record added: Sep 25, 2000
Find A Grave Memorial# 5066721