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In Memory of

Geraldine Palmer Coon

February 15, 1933 - January 9, 2018

Obituary


Coon, Geraldine Palmer (Gerry) January 9, 2018. Since retiring from Oakland University as an Administrative Professional in 1992, Gerry has traveled the world with her soul mate, husband George Coon. She taught English as a second language in Guizhou, China on two separate occasions, being on the first team to represent Oakland University there in the summer of 1988. She also taught courses in Yorkshire, England. She touched down in six continents and touched the hearts of those she met.

As a fitness aficionado she climbed Ayers Rock in Australia, the foothills of Denali...

Coon, Geraldine Palmer (Gerry) January 9, 2018. Since retiring from Oakland University as an Administrative Professional in 1992, Gerry has traveled the world with her soul mate, husband George Coon. She taught English as a second language in Guizhou, China on two separate occasions, being on the first team to represent Oakland University there in the summer of 1988. She also taught courses in Yorkshire, England. She touched down in six continents and touched the hearts of those she met.

As a fitness aficionado she climbed Ayers Rock in Australia, the foothills of Denali in Alaska, Mount Kenya in Africa, and walked a portion of the Inca Trail in Peru. She swam with whales off the coast of Costa Rico and with piranhas in the Amazon River. As a volunteer she helped restore the teak decks on the U.S.S. Missouri in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; glazed windows at the U.S. Naval Base on Midway Island, and helped with whale research in the Pacific Ocean near Costa Rico. Her Volunteering was not limited to exotic places. She often dressed as a witch at the local Halloween Hoot or could be seen as one teaching children how to use a washboard or walk on stilts at the Pioneer Harvest.

Gerry was an accomplished author, editor, teacher, poet and photographer. Her interest in children's writing led to more than twenty articles in the field and the coauthoring of a textbook series. In post-retirement years Gerry took pleasure in co-editing Vintage View, a publication of the Older Person's Commission in Rochester Hills, Michigan and in conducting interviews of retirees of faculty and staff of Oakland University for an electronic publication.

In addition to her husband Gerry leaves behind three children, Kathy Cole (Doug Baker), Melissa Zuber (Ray Grzywacewski) and Al (Mary) Palmer; and two step children David Coon (Ann) and Mary Ellen (David) Gaikema, nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren all of whom she was deeply proud and justly boasted about them.

At Gerry's request, there will be no memorial services. Individuals wishing to make expressions in her honor should make them to their favorite charities.