Geraldine Josephson (Gerry), age 89, beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away July 4, 2021. She was born July 22, 1931 to A. Walter Stevenson and Effie Peck Stevenson.
Gerry had a way of making everyone around her feel special. She was a social butterfly and seemed to know and remember everyone. She loved to sing and was blessed with a beautiful voice. She sang at numerous devotionals, missionary farewells and homecomings, weddings and in choirs including the Jay Welch Chorale. Although Gerry was confined to a wheelchair for 55-years of her life, she remained the most positive and loving person you could ever meet. Even with her physical restrictions, she raised eight children with her husband Dale. She always found the time to support her children in all of their various activities and hobbies. She was an excellent cook and loved to bake. She claimed to have a magic pan that made her lemon bars and brownies the best. However, we know that it was her love that made them the best.
Gerry loved spending the last several years living at Olympus Ranch and made many great friends there. She earned the nickname, “the mayor of the fourth floor”, and wore her ambassador badge with pride. The family would like to thank the staff at Olympus Ranch, and the medical personnel who provided such wonderful care for her. They were a blessing to Gerry and to her entire family. God bless you!
Gerry was always willing to serve others and faithfully served in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Days Saints. Her church service and her strong testimony of Jesus Christ were key to her positive attitude and extraordinary influence on those she came in contact with.
Survived by five sons, two daughters, Kirt (Debby), Kent (Chris), Randy, Brian (Jackie), Heidi (Dave) Elder, Shawn (Shellie), and Julie; 20 grandchildren; and 18 great grandchildren.
Preceded in death by her parents; husband Dale; a son, Rick; Sisters Mitzy (Fillerup) and Patricia; and brother Peck.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 10, 2021, 11 a.m. at 981 E. Revere Circle (5555 S). Friends may call at Larkin Sunset Gardens, 1950 East 10600 South, Friday from 6:00-7:00 p.m. and Saturday at the ward from 10:00-10:45 a.m. Interment, Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park on Monday, July 12, 2021 at 9:00 a.m.. To watch a recording of the funeral service, click the "Watch Service" link above.
Oh, how I loved Gerry when I was growing up in the Holladay 16th ward! She was always smiling her beautiful smile and was so kind to everyone. My favorite day was the Sundays that the ward choir sang "O Divine Redeemer" and Gerry had the solo part. I just got chills when I heard her sing. The whole Josephson family was so loved. I have thought often of Gerry and wondered how she was, and am so sorry that I missed her funeral. She was truly an angel on this earth and I'm sure was welcomed with joy on the other side!
I'm so sad to hear of the passing of such a beautiful woman! I have never met anyone with a more positive outlook on life a shared more joy with everyone who knew her. This world is better for what she gave to everyone who was blessed to know her.
My sincere condolences to her wonderful family. Our prayers are with you.
To Kent and all the Josephson family.
It was nice to see your mom these last few years that Brent has been recovering at Olympus Ranch. She was always the life of the party, the center of attention at those cafeteria meals. Before COVID; it was always a hug and a smile, and a few jokes. She had many health challenges but came out on top. A long, wonderful life. All the best, Bryan Lloyd
Dear Kirt and all your family and siblings,
One of the wonderful things about having someone love you, is the love you feel for them. I have known Gerry for about 52 years. Whenever I would see her, I would get a nice kiss on the cheek and a warm, loving hug. Every time, through many years. What a wonderful person and example she has been and will continue to be. I know that you will feel her presence at special times and special places. She is now your guardian angel and may have more influence on your lives than she was able to have in this physical life. It is my prayer that you will be blessed to feel her near. I enjoyed this special funeral service I just witnessed. I learned more about her and could feel that love you have for her. Some of the stories I knew and some were new. Carry on her love of others and of the Lord.
We are sorry to hear of Gerry's passing. Such a delightful and cheerful soul.
Shawn and family, our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Your Mom was a special soul with an amazing spirit and voice that touched many lives. I’m sure she was welcomed by Dale with open arms and they’re now happily reunited.
The obituary was a wonderful tribute to an amazing woman with a Happy Heart! Our thought and prayers are with you. Love, Suzi & Scott Hansen
She was a beloved sister-in-law, & will be missed.
Condolence to all the family my thought & prayers are with you all at this time.
Gerry was a wonderful neighbor. We were lucky enough to live across the street on Bunker Hill Road. Gerry was always laughing and making amusing comments about her life. She was so kind to our children as they rang to doorbell all summer long to get a cool treat from Gerry. She was a woman of action. When I made a comment that a large shrub on her property was certainly not doing anything good for the appearance of her home, she had it pulled out the following day. She loved seeing all the kids on Halloween. And her grand children were such joy and fun for her day. She loved her family very much. And she loved them as they were, not as perfect children but as real life beings.
Brian and all the Josephson family, I'm so very sorry for your loss. After reading her obituary I couldn't help but think "What a beautiful life." She must be an inspiration to you all and was obviously a great role model. God bless you in your grief. Sincerely, Coop
Spirit, love of live and laughter are the words that come to mind to describe Mrs. Josephson.
You have left a legacy of family and friends while here on this earth. You will be missed by so many.