Geraldine Eunice Stephens, 84, of Granite City, died at 8:50 p.m. Friday, May 1, 2015, at her home.
She was born April 2, 1931, in Crandon, Wis., to the late William and Francis (Mayon) Tipps.
On July 7, 1968, she and Ira Stephens were married in Collinsville. He preceded her in death on Sept. 10, 2006.
Geraldine retired from K-Mart after 20 years. She was a member of Word of Life Tabernacle, Granite City VFW and Madison AmVets. She was very musically talented, playing many different instruments with her band, “Rainbow Express.” She was also a songwriter with feature pieces in the Nashville Music Hall of Fame.
Survivors include: a daughter, Connie (David) Sales of Farmington, Mo.; son, Larry Gene (Sheila) Strader Sr. of Granite City; four grandchildren, Larry (Debbie) Strader Jr., Brandy (Garrick) McFarland, Shelley (Rob) Doneff and Stacy (Kent) Taylor; eight great-grandchildren, Megan and Raymond Kampwerth, Nora and Maya McFarland, Holly Strader and Brandon, Kaleb and Taylor Morgan; a brother, Albert Tipps of Piqua, Ohio, and a sister, Henrietta Miller of Bethalto.
Besides her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by: two brothers, Melvin and Gordon Tipps; and a sister, Yvonne Hale.
The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. until time of memorial services at noon Wednesday, May 6, 2015, at Word of Life Tabernacle. Burial will follow at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to BJC Hospice.
Arrangements with online information and guestbook through Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory may be found at www.wojstrom.com.