Geraldine Shadlock of Drumheller, beloved wife of Fred, passed away on March 24, 2022 at the age of 80 years. Geraldine Esther Mortimer was born December 17, 1941 on a farm one mile south of Carbon, Alberta to Andrew and Pauline Mortimer. Growing up on the farm with her younger brother Larry, she belonged to 4-H; taking Food, Beef and Interior Decorating projects, C.G.I.T (Canadian Girls in Training), Sunday School, the church choir as well as taking part in school sports and piano lessons.
She met Frederick James Shadlock of Rosedale at a 4-H calf show and sale. They were married on November 22, 1958 in Carbon and resided on the Shadlock family farm in the Verdant Valley area. They had 4 children Gene, Donna, Barbara and Sandra. In addition to being a busy farm wife she was the Verdant Valley news correspondent for the Drumheller Mail, a leader of the 4-H Sewing Club, a volunteer for the Classroom Agriculture Program, a member of the Verdant Valley Agricultural Society and of the United Church Women as well as teaching quilting courses.
In 1960 Gerri joined the Alberta Women’s Institute and held many positions in the Verdant Valley branch throughout the years. She attended national conventions for A.W.I and world conferences of the Associated Country Women of the World. She remained an active member of the group until her passing.
After retiring from the farm in 1995, they built a beautiful home next to the Red Deer River in Cambria. They sold that home in 2004 and moved to Drumheller.
Gerri enjoyed quilting, sewing, quilting, gardening, baking, travelling, camping, genealogy, volunteer work and spending time with family and friends. She especially enjoyed spending time with and taking care of her grandchildren.
Gerri is survived by her husband Fred, daughters Donna Thom and Sandra Shadlock (Jon Sheppard), grandchildren Megan (Stewart) MacKinnon, Stacey Bryne (Lucas), Deana Thom (William Lai), Abbigayle, Harrison, Winston and Aaliyah Martynes, great grandson Jaxson Bryne and her brother Larry Mortimer (Gayle), brother-in-law Murray Shadlock (Marion) and sister-in-laws Flossie Klan, Marion Ridley, Betty Shadlock as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her parents Andrew and Pauline, son Gene, daughter Barbara Donovan and son-in-laws Gord Thom and Michael Donovan, brother-in-laws Walter Shadlock, Art Klan, Alan Ridley, Jack Ridley and Raymond Shadlock and sister-in-laws Evelyn Ridley and Anna Shadlock.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, April 8, 2022 at 2:00 pm. at the Knox United Church in Drumheller.
Donations in Gerri’s memory may be made to the Verdant Valley and Dorcas Women’s Institute Box 1816, Drumheller, Alberta, T0J 0Y0 or the Knox United Church, 195, 3rd Ave. East, Drumheller, Alberta, T0J 0Y4