Geraldine Franks continued to bless Inell and Jesse Franks Jr. as their 3rd bundle of joy on November 21, 1954. Gerry, as we so lovingly called her, shared a lifetime of unconditional smiles with family and friends during her amazing life! Gerry had strong faith, believed in God and let her faith embrace her journey.
Gerry began her educational journey at John D Shoop School and completed her teenage educational experience at Morgan Park High School. Gerry was like the “Little Engine that Could”, except we changed the chorus from “I think I can”, “I think I can”… to “I did”! Gerry continued down the tracks to her next educational stop at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois.
Next stop -This little engine returned to the tracks after completion of her freshman year and returned to Chicago, Illinois. This is when the epic love story began. Gerry returned to reunite with the 8 year old boy that carried her books home from school. This was the same little boy that was her grammar school crush, high school sweetheart and ultimately her husband for 43 years. In February of 1975, Gerry married her helper, her grammar school crush and her high school sweetheart, Kenneth Denton. She continued giving the world unconditional smiles and saved a special smile for Ken for 43 years!
Next stop– Well actually, the train was still revving and picked up speed as Ken & Gerry said “I do”. Gerry continued her journey and completed her 4 year program with a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Illinois The engine continued to rev and the journey continued……..
Next stop– Lake Forest Graduate School of Management- Gerry completed the MBA Program with a concentration in Project Management while working in Corporate America at Motorola, Inc. as a Program Developer, Senior Consultant and Project Manager. The engine continued to rev and Gerry retired from Motorola after 25 years of service.
Next stop-Associate Professor at St Xavier University & Morraine Valley Community College. Gerry enjoyed tutorial opportunities throughout her career and decided that it was time to formalize her role as an Collegiate Educator.
Next stop-KGD Landscaping, Inc.-Partner & Co-founder with Ken, a dream that they both shared and turned into reality.
Gerry received the angelic call on Tuesday, July 31st. Gerry leaves to cherish God’s awesome blessings a lifetime partner and devoted husband of 43 years, Kenneth Denton. She will forever be his “Baby Girl”, “Sunshine of his Life” and in Ken’s words….“My Girl” ! Gerry also leaves to “WUV” her memories their loving pet…”Rusty”.
Preceding her in angelic travel were: Parents, Inell & Jesse Franks Jr, Sisters, Helen Coppage & Marilyn Elizalde. Father in Law, Andrew Denton Jr, Brother in law, Andrew Denton III.
Gerry leaves to cherish her life brother, Fred Franks (Pam), , her second Mother, Norma Denton, Brother in Laws; Keith Denton(Brenda), Anthony Denton (Lori);Sister in laws Diane Denton Long; Florence Denton Also cherishing Gerry’s memories and friendship is an amazing friend and caregiver, Ms. Ida Moore. Gerry’s memories will be cherished by a host of loving nieces, great nieces, nephews, great nephews, relatives, neighbors and friends.
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