Geraldine (Gerry) Haynes Elledge, 87, passed away after a long illness on Sunday, May 26, with her loving family by her side.

She was born to Alma Macy Haynes and Hayes Haynes in Jonesville, NC on March 5, 1932. She graduated from Jonesville High School and then Grace Hospital in Morganton, NC, as a registered nurse. She began her forty-one year nursing career at the old Wilkes Hospital and then at the current Wilkes Regional Hospital. She specialized in Labor and Delivery, assisting with the birth and care of thousands of newborns. She often gave the on air “Stork Report,” a feature on WKBC radio.

Throughout her life, children of all ages were drawn to her, and she had a unique talent for calming their fears and tears. Many friends, neighbors, and members of her Mountain View Baptist Church family affectionately refer to her as a second mother because of her influence on them as children and adults. She was known for her kindness and for always serving others before herself.

She met her husband, John Sherman Elledge (Jack) on a blind date. The couple married in 1956, lived in North Wilkesboro, and then built a house on Haymeadow Road in Hays where they have lived since. She was “the best mother in the world” to four children: John (Johnny) Sherman Elledge Jr., Martha Carol Elledge, Elizabeth (Beth) Haynes Elledge Gossett, and Amy Maria Elledge. She was the beloved grandmother of eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Gerry loved to read and passed this love of reading onto her children. She often would read late into the night, when she wasn’t staying up late to cook, sew, or prepare for holiday celebrations. She loved to garden and created bouquets from her roses and zinnias. She established and landscaped a memorial garden for her daughter Amy. She was a talented homemaker, known for her love of cooking and baking. Her cookies, cakes, salsa, homemade strawberry jam, ice cream, and spaghetti sauce were favorites of her family, and she baked bread almost every week for decades. Her grandchildren and great grandchildren have fond memories of what they called G-bread. She collected dolls and displayed them in her home. Her nursing class held a reunion every year for over seventy years that she attended and was a highlight of her year. She enjoyed picnics and camping trips on the Blue Ridge Parkway, trips to The Great Smoky Mountains area, and enjoyed traveling extensively throughout the United States and to Mexico, especially after her retirement. Over the past twenty years she created scrapbooks for all her children and grandchildren and for special occasions such as her husband Jack’s fishing trips. In her final years she was accompanied by her loving and loyal protector, her dog Ace.

She was an active church worker at Mountain View Baptist Church, and she established a church library and served as the librarian for many years. She quietly gave monthly donations for many years to over ten charities and organizations that helped the poor, and she had a special place in her heart for the homeless and the efforts of Habitat for Humanity. She was a role model of Christian virtue to her children, and her whole life was a lesson in service to others and humble kindness.

Geraldine Haynes Elledge was preceded in death by her parents, Hayes and Alma; a brother, Vess Haynes; and daughter, Amy Maria Elledge.

She is survived by her loving husband, John (Jack) Sherman Elledge Sr.; son, John Sherman Elledge Jr. and daughter-in-law Ellen (Ellie) Koch Elledge; daughters, Martha Carol Elledge, and Elizabeth (Beth) Haynes Elledge Gossett and son-in-law Jason Gossett; sister, Sue Haynes Tharpe; grandchildren, Jacob Gabel, Cody Gabel, Candace Gabel Nelson, Jessie Gabel, Caleb Gossett, Connor Elledge, Tristan Elledge, and Aden Gossett; six great-grandchildren, and numerous beloved nieces and nephews.

The family thanks all the nurses, doctors, and other caregivers over the past year; the employees and volunteers of Hospice; friends, neighbors, church members, and all the thoughts and prayers from churches and co-workers of the family.

A private burial ceremony will be on Saturday, June 1, 2019 at Mountlawn Memorial Park. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, June 2, 2:00 pm, at Mountain View Baptist Church in Hays with Rev. Julius Blevins and Rev. Brian Blankenship officiating. A visitation will follow after the service in the church fellowship hall. In lieu of flowers, Gerry requested donations be made to Habitat for Humanity in her name.

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