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Geri Lindsey Reynolds-Goltz

December 7, 1924 February 9, 2018
Geri Lindsey Reynolds-Goltz
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Geri Lindsey Reynolds-Goltz

Geri was born Ruth Geraldine Loomis on December 7, 1924 in Portland, Oregon and passed away February 9, 2018 in Tacoma Washington. She is survived by her big brother Robert Loomis of Wilsonville, Oregon; daughter, Cyndi (Kelly) Evans of Puyallup, Washington; son Kurdt Vanderhoof of Aberdeen Washington. She was the proud grandmother of five: Kacey (Sarah) Evans, Kymberly (David Aaron) Evanson, Christina (Clint) Moore, Joseph (Kerry) McQuillin, Elizabeth (Shane) Winters. She was delighted to be great grandmother of seven: .Kenry (Kacey & Sarah), Lucas, Jack and Wesley (Kym & Aaron), Cameron and Kyle (Christina) and Edith (Elizabeth & Shane). There is a large contingent of extended family and friends.

Geri was a star. Her early music training had a powerful influence on her life. Geri attended WSU and graduated from Eastern Washington College with a degree in Education. She put that degree aside and performed as featured vocalist with husband Jack Lindsey’s dance band and on local radio. Later she would find success in television in Portland. As a then single mother with a career in performing, her life was often ground breaking. She began as a weather girl, writing temperatures backwards on a glass map, and ended up with her own daily television show. During this time she met her lifelong friend Lyle Goltz. He was a local station cameraman. She joked that she refused to marry him because he was shorter than she was, but they were friends through many relationships.

She met and married the tall Bruce Vanderhoof and relocated the family to Seattle where they both worked for KOMO radio and television. She had her 2nd child, Kurdt . By the early 60’s the family bought into a radio station and moved to Aberdeen. Geri did some broadcast work and helped plan programming. After 10 years of marriage, Bruce and Geri went their separate ways. Geri supported her two children by returning to teaching. She was really good at it—bringing her flair for drama to the classroom.

She had a brief marriage with John Reynolds (also tall). She was introduced to a new love: Driftwood Theatre and began a long and successful relationship. She was in many many productions. She was Auntie Mame—a role she was born to play. She was Blythe Spirit. She was Opal. She was in the Vagina Monologs, Lend Me A Tenor, Sunshine Boys, and many more. She was terrific. Later she took on the writing of the play programs, did the mailings, greeted at the door and had a ball.

And she married one more time. Lyle courted her and finally won her heart. They ran away to marry in Reno at the Chapel O’ Love and got the bumper sticker to prove it. They became active in Aberdeen Elks and had some marvelous adventures. Silly stuff. Like setting up the tent in the living room so they could go camping without the rain. They played well together. And even though they only had five years before Lyle was lost to cancer, they made those years really count.

Geri grew flowers, painted her house, gathered in strays, spoiled grandchildren and treasured her independence.

Yes, Geri was a star. She was poised and “on.” She was glamourous. She always had her lipstick and earrings. At the theater or in the campground—she was always just so. Ninety three was a pretty good run. Her family misses her. The stories will be passed down forever. And they’ll only get better.

Arrangements by Edwards Memorial, Funerals Homes, Chapels and Crematories.

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