Geri was born Oct. 31, 1929, in Cape Girardeau, to Tivis and Bessie Banks Statler. She married Harold Houseman Sr. in April 1948. She and Ben "Bobee" Reiminger were married Aug. 15, 1961, in Cape Girardeau. He preceded her in death April 30, 2004.
Having an array of jobs throughout her life, which included many years as a shoe cutter at Florsheim Shoe factory, Geri spent her final working days as a CNA for the elderly providing dedicated care in their homes. She will be remembered for her vibrant wardrobe to match her colorful personality, love of Cadillacs and ruthless ways at rummy. Geri's many friends will call to mind her generosity, straightforwardness and comedic nature.
Her grandchildren meant the world to her, and they knew her love and childlike ways because she made every minute with them a party. Only her love for God took precedence and carried her through the final days of her illness.
Survivors include two daughters, Terre Chriss and husband Christo of Millersville, Kandee Oliver and husband Mark of Cape Girardeau; a son, Michael Houseman of Colorado Springs, Colo.; six grandchildren, Kimberly Keller Lunsford, Robert Keller Jr., Jessica Houseman, Katelyn Metje, Kristopher Metje, Alex Chriss; 10 great-grandchildren, Sarah Barton, Sam Pfau, Emily Lunsford, Tommy Lunsford, Cassie Lunsford, Callie Keller, Justin Aden, Jessi Aden, Jordyn Aden, Blake Pardon, Max Pardon and Redmon Chriss. Rylee Palmer completes her family as her first great-great-grandchild. Also a brother, Stanley Richardson and wife Irene, and a sister, Hazel Richardson Ford.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; a son, Harold "Sonny" Houseman Jr.; seven brothers, Tivis Jr., Chalmer, Burl, Claude, Bob, Paul, Jack; and a sister, Pauline.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Chapel.
The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the funeral home, with Ed Stoner officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations to Crown Hospice, 2858 Professional Court, Cape Girardeau, MO 63703, in Geri's memory for the loving and nurturing care provided by Sheila, Pastor Ed and all the hospice staff would be appreciated.
Online condolences may be shared at www.fordandsonsfuneralhome.com.