Obituary: Geraldine Bean Lawson |

Obituary: Geraldine Bean Lawson

The Celebration of Geri’s life will be Saturday, Nov. 10, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at the North Tahoe Event Center in Kings Beach.

Geraldine Iva Bean Lawson passed from this world with peace and dignity on Oct. 7, 2012. Geri is survived by two siblings, Norman and Barbara, and many other loving family and friends.

Geri was born Nov. 3, 1929 in Marysville, Calif., and grew up on the family dairy farm. Geri milked cows and worked the Fairs as a girl while she dreamed about flying someday. Geri graduated from Marysville Union High School and San Jose State University.

Geri was part of the history of Tahoe City. Geri and her mother, Iva, protected the tree in the road from an early demise. Geri taught 1st grade at Tahoe Lake School in Tahoe City for 33 years and won the love, appreciation, and adoration of almost 1,000 students and their parents for her dedication to her students. Her early students insisted that their own children attend Miss Bean’s/Lawson’s class when it was time for them to attend first grade.

It was a proud moment for Geri when she accomplished her dream and became a pilot. Beginning 1966, Geri served as Deputy Commander for Cadets and as a Mission Observer during emergency searches for the Tahoe Truckee Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol.

Geri loved trying new things: square dancing, bowling, the internet, cross country skiing. She won her age division in the Great Ski Race: smilingly reminding everyone that she was the only participant in her age group!

Many men courted Geri unsuccessfully but it was a fine gentleman, Frank Lawson, who finally caught her eye. They married in January, 1971 and made friends all around the world. Frank was the perfect match for Geri: sharing her good humor and love of life and the people in it. They built a new house together in Tahoe City where you can still find the heart Frank drew in the cement for Geri.

Our memory of Geri will be as the person we all wish we could be: naively in love with life and people, kind, adventurous and happy. No time to think ill thoughts of others. Always excited about the next adventure. Convinced that if she put her mind to it, she could get it done … and she did.

Namaste dearest Geri.

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