TEQUESTA, Fla. Geraldine Knower "Jerri" Chidester died Aug. 2, 2003, in Tequesta.
She was a former resident of Sikeston, Mo., and wife of Dr. Thomas L. Chidester, who preceded her in death in 1963.
After leaving Sikeston, she lived in Mexico City, Mexico, New York City, N.Y., and Danbury, Conn.
In 1989, she retired to Florida upon retiring from Western Connecticut State University in Danbury. She was one of the "Greatest Generation" and felt the experiences they went through prepared them to take what life had to offer and be grateful for all the good times and to cope with the bad times. She was proud of her strength and sense of humor, and most of all, her wonderful family.
She was a member of St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Palm Beach Gardens, the Poinciana Chapter of Daughters of Founders and Patriots of America, whose members are direct descendants of one of the founders of the Massachusetts Bay Colony (1630), and the Seminole Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution, whose members are direct descendants of a Revolutionary War patriot.
She leaves to mourn but celebrate her life are her daughters, Geraldine Chidester Mannion and son-in-law, James Mannion of Bethel, Conn., Rebecca Chidester Axelrod and son-in-law, Robert Axelrod of Tequesta, and Barbara Chidester Waters and son-in-law, George Waters of McAllen, Texas; her sister, Helen Elizabeth Bonnello of Westerville, Ohio; and brother, Carl Raymond Knower of Waldorf, Md.; and 12 grandchildren and many friends.
She lived a long but never dull life and felt it was blessed in many ways. Her family and friends know that her many hours of volunteer work, adventures and misadventures gave her great pleasure and satisfaction and many stories to tell.