|Birth: ||Jul. 4, 1909|
|Death: ||Oct. 17, 1999|
From "Brown Family History" by Christel Brown, 1980:
I, Lissie Christel (Gerardy) Brown, was born July 4, 1909 at my parents' home in the Forest Community, Lincoln County, Oklahoma, seven miles south of Chandler. I was the 6th and last child born to Edward Gerardy and Lissie Drucilla (Gross) Gerardy. The first eleven (11) years of my life were spent on the farm living in a big two story house which was one-quarter mile from school and three quarters mile from the church and cemetery.
I begged constantly to go to school and Mother finally got permission from the teacher (a local girl) for me to start. I was 4½ years old. Along about that time my parents bought another farm, valley land that produced alfalfa. After that Mother and I were home alone much of the summertime while Father, Loren and Myrtle worked harvesting the alfalfa. It had to be harvested several times during the summer season.
One of the highlights of my childhood was the summer I was 12 and Dad took Mother, Myrtle, Loren and me to California by train. I saw the ocean for the first time and swam in it; saw the Grand Canyon (and was completely awed by the sight of the Grand Canyon at dusk); I saw Sutter Fort at Sacramento where my great grandfather went on the gold rush in 1849; swam in the Great Salt Lake and in Colorado we visited Garden of the Gods, Cave of the Winds, and took a tour to the top of Pikes Peak. What a trip for a twelve year old in those days.
In January when I was in the 7th grade the family moved from the Forest farm to Chandler and we lived there until my sophomore year in high school when my parents moved to the valley land farm (in Kickapoo community). During the rest of my high school years I lived in light-house-keeping rooms in town, with one or more girls.
I graduated as Salutatorian of my class in 1926 and in August after my 17th birthday in July, I came to Oklahoma City to attend Hill's Business College. Seven months later I went to work for F. Wiley Ball Insurance and that was when I met Hinda Cohn who took me under her wing and taught me office procedures and how to work. We remained friends ever since.
On October 28, 1933 after two years courtship, I married Ual J. Brown and the next summer we took a delayed honeymoon trip to Red River, New Mexico. I continued working until about 5 months before Carolyn was born in 1937. It was [at this time] that we joined Wesley Church. Shortly before Kenneth's birth in 1940, we moved so we would have more room.
Darrell Richard was born 1949, and in January 1954 I went back to work for Mr. Ball. After four years there I changed to W. R. Johnston & Company, another insurance agency, and remained there until retirement January 1, 1974.
Excerpt from "The Pierre Gerardy Family in America" by Evelyn Potter Park, 1979:
Her main concern has always been the family and their activities. PTA participation stretched over a number of years as they had a child graduating from Senior High School, one from Junior High School and one from Kindergarten all the same year. Church activities have always been important, her longest tenure in one office being six years as Secretary of the Administrative Board of Wesley United Methodist Church. Time now permits her to take an active part in more of the church groups, and a special joy of retirement is having time to get together with friends for lunch and a book review, a game of bridge, or inviting a few couples in for dinner in the evening.
Christel was a genuine Christian lady. Her character is well described in a letter of appreciation given to her by a co-worker upon her retirement. They had worked together for twenty years or so at WR Johnston Insurance company. (The letter accompanied an engraved charm.)
December 28, 1973
The charm was supposed to say "You were the best part of WRJ" but I couldn't find a large enough charm to get all I wanted to say—or, maybe, as usual, I wanted to say too much.
Anyway, I want you to know how much I enjoyed working with you—nowhere could there be anyone as easy to work with, since you are so pleasant, always will take time to help, and I have never, ever known you to be cross ("bitchy") or even complain about anything. Most of all, I want you to know how glad I am that you are my friend 'cause as I've tried to tell you before, you always were there when I needed you and always knew what to say to make me feel better.
What I'm trying to say is that I think you are the most remarkable person I've ever known and how happy it makes me to know you.
With love, Sarah
Notes from Darrell:
Christel cherished her trip west in 1921 so much that she always kept the cancelled check with which her fare had been paid. In later years she revisted many of the sites with her own family, first Colorado, then the Grand Canyon, Long Beach, and San Francisco.
In July, 1999, Christel's daughter Carolyn hosted a big family reunion in Oklahoma City to celebrate Christel's 90th birthday. Her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren were there, as well as her nieces, cousins, and their families.
Three months later, after breaking her hip and while recuperating in a nursing home, Christel decided she had lived long enough. She asked for prayer that God would take her to the next life. On October 16th she reported being visited by her deceased brother and sisters. On October 17th she had a fried chicken lunch with her son-in-law Jack. (Her daughter Carolyn was in California at the time, taking care of their grandchildren.) After Jack left, Christel told a nurse she was going to die now, and her heart and respiration began to slow. When Jack got home, the phone was ringing, and the nursing home informed him that Christel's heart and respiration had slowed to a halt. He returned immediately to be with her as she passed on.
Edward Gerardy (1865 - 1942)
Lissie Drusilla Gross Gerardy (1870 - 1960)
Ual Jasper Brown (1907 - 1990)*
Grace Clementine Gerardy Potter (1891 - 1966)*
Pearlie Christine Gerardy (1897 - 1899)*
Myrtle Lena Gerardy Pinkston (1899 - 1984)*
Golda May Gerardy (1903 - 1911)*
Edward Loren Gerardy (1905 - 1994)*
Lissie Christel Gerardy Brown (1909 - 1999)
Memorial Park Cemetery
Maintained by: Darrell Brown
Originally Created by: Cathy & Thomas
Record added: Mar 10, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 49495371
She was a very special lady! I think of her everyday.|
Added: Oct. 17, 2012
She is much loved and remembered.|
Added: Jul. 18, 2012