In memory of

Geraldine Nielsen Thomas

Sep 30, 1938
Oct 25, 2023


Geraldine Nielsen Thomas, 85, also known as Gerrie, passed away peacefully at her home, in Salem, Oregon on Wednesday, October 25, 2023 with her daughters Teri, Stacie, and Kelly by her side.

Gerrie was born on September 30, 1938 in Mt. Sterling, Utah to LaMarr J. Nielsen and Blanch McBride Nielsen. She was the oldest of two children. As a young girl, Gerrie moved to California with her family. She graduated from Van Nuys High School in 1956, where she met her sweetheart, Ed Thomas. He was 17 and she was 15. It was love at first sight.

Ed and Gerrie were married on March 23, 1957 in Van Nuys, California. From this union, Ed and Gerrie were blessed with four children: Teri Lee (Robinson), Edwin Alfonso III (deceased), Stacie Christina, and Kelly Shawn (Williams). They had six grandchildren: Jamie Robinson (Walton), Tyler Robinson, Kaitlyn Williams, Taylor Williams, Joshua Williams, and Madelyn Williams. They also had four great grandchildren: Gracie, Charlie, Juliette, and Betsy Walton.

Gerrie worked side-by-side with Ed for over twenty years running their motorhome dealership in California.  Not long after retirement, they settled in Salem, Oregon. Gerrie and Ed loved their time in Salem caring for their home and spending time with the many friends they met there.

Gerrie is survived by three daughters and two sons-in-law (Teri and Kris Robinson, Stacie Thomas, and Kelly and Troy Williams), five grandchildren (Jamie Robinson-Walton, Tyler Robinson, Taylor Williams, Joshua Williams, and Madelyn Williams), her brother and his wife (Terry and Kathy Nielsen).

Gerrie was preceded in death by her sweetheart and husband (Edwin Alfonso Thomas, Jr.), parents (LaMarr J. and Blanch McBride Nielsen), parents-in-law (Edwin Alfonso and Eva Madeline Thomas), her son (Edwin Alfonso Jr.), and her granddaughter (Kaitlyn Rose Williams).

Messages of Sympathy

  1. Patricia and Nolan Gibson says:

    We have been friends with Gerri and Ed since our kids were babies. They are truly an eternal couple. Noone ever doubted their love for one another. The temple covenants they received will seal them together for all eternity Our love to their beautiful family..

  2. Dale and Anne Kirby says:

    Dale and i enjoyed visiting Gerrie. At her suggestion we four met in Hawaii and went to the show in the Polynesian Cultural center on their anniversary. I loved watching them dance and also attending the temple with them in Hawaii. We miss both Ed and Jerrie

  3. Jon and Cheryl Hunsaker says:

    Such a kind soul. May Gerrie and her Sweetheart enjoy the eternity together ❤️

  4. Joan Harrison says:

    I have known Gerrie and Ed for many years and enjoyed visiting with them. Will miss visitng with Gerrie. Such a special person.

  5. Nancy Shaw Max says:

    I am heartbroken at losing my eternal best friend. We shared so much of our lives together. I will miss her forever! Until we meet again. I love you Gerrie

  6. Nancy and David Ward says:

    Gerrie will always have a special place in our hearts. We have cherished memories of our visits to her home and so blessed to know her!

  7. Ingrid Burrows says:

    Vai com Deus sweet Gerrie ❤️ I love you.

  8. Jennifer David says:

    So very sorry for your loss!

  9. Miles Johnson says:

    Gerri was a wonderful woman who will be greatly missed. Thank you for sharing her with us.

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