On October 4, 2023, the world lost a remarkable soul as Geraldine "Geri" Ada Barnett, aged 84, peacefully departed her earthly existence at her Grand Terrace, CA residence. Born on June 15, 1939, to John and Martha Schuller in Orange City, Iowa, Geri's life was a tapestry woven with simplicity and joy, colored by the love she shared with her family and friends.
Geri's journey through life was a celebration of simple pleasures. Her zest for living found expression in all the activities that brought her immense happiness. Among her favorite pastimes were spending quality moments with her family and friends, indulging in the joys of travel, and finding solace in crafting, knitting, crossword puzzles, and reading during her leisure hours. Beyond her personal pursuits, Geri was an active member of the Colton Women's Club, contributing her time and energy to community engagement.
The impact Geri had on those around her is reflected in the heartfelt tribute offered by her family: "Geri was one of the kindest people you could ever meet; she opened her heart and home to many over the years, and she will be sorely missed." Her legacy of kindness and warmth is further evidenced by the void left in the lives of those she touched.
Geri's life was not without its share of challenges, including the loss of her sister, Ardyce Barnett. However, Geri faced adversity with resilience, surrounded by the unwavering support of her surviving loved ones. She is survived by her devoted husband, Ron, and their three children, Lisa, Kevin, and Sandie. Geri's enduring spirit lives on through her three grandchildren, Jaimie, Michael, and Sami, as well as in the laughter and playfulness of her four great-grandchildren. Her extended family, including numerous nieces and nephews, also mourns the passing of this beloved matriarch.
A memorial service to honor Geri's life was held at the Cypress Chapel on Barton Rd, on Thursday, November 2, 2023. Family, friends, and all who were touched by Geri's presence were invited to gather. to reminisce, share memories, and offer mutual support during this time of grief. The Chapel was filled to what seemed to be capacity, with standing room only. A reception followed the service.
In a touching tribute to Geri's preferences, the family requested attendees to wear different shades of blue, her favorite color, as a symbolic gesture of remembrance and celebration of her life.
Montecito Memorial Park and Mortuary in Colton, CA, oversaw the arrangements, ensuring that Geri's farewell is marked with the dignity and respect she deserves. The family expresses their deep gratitude to Redlands Community Hospice for their unwavering support during Geri's final days.
As we say our goodbyes to Geri Barnett, let us remember the indomitable spirit that defined her life. May her legacy of love, kindness, and simple pleasures continue to inspire us all, providing solace in the face of loss and a reminder to cherish the beauty of every moment.
Our Father who art in heaven,
Hallowed be Thy name.
Thy kingdom come,
Thy will be done on earth
As it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive those
Who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.montecitomemorialparkandmortuary.com for the Barnett family.