Sevierville, Tenn.

Geraldine Lois Leppert Beale, age 70 of Sevierville, Tenn., went home to the Lord, Jan. 28, 2019. Gerri was born January 20, 1949, in Reynoldsdale, grew up in the Osterburg area and spent the last twenty years in the mountains of Tennessee.

She is survived by her father, Lester D. Leppert and step-mother Beverly Leppert of Osterburg; brother, Larry Leppert and sister-in-law, Teresa Leppert of Everett; and sister-in-law, Sue Leppert of Manns Choice. Also surviving are daughter, Andra Hartman Honaker and son-in-law, Benjamin M. Honaker; grandchildren, Nathaniel Francis, Martin Francis, and Josephine Honaker of Kodak, Tenn.; and daughter, Kim Hartman Stroup and son-in-law, Daniel Stroup; grandson, Broden Stroup of Texas. She was preceded in death by her mother Margaret Holdren Leppert, a sister Beverly Leppert MacDonald and a brother Zane Leppert.

Over the years, Gerri worked as a waitress, pre-school teacher, inventory supervisor, housekeeper, office staffer and personal caregiver. A ceaseless worker, Gerri put her heart and soul into every task or pursuit. In fact, twice she received Employee of the Year Award, first from Mountain Loft, a time-share resort in Gatlinburg, Tenn. and most recently from HomeInstead, a personal caregiver service, in Sevierville, Tenn.

Cooking, gardening and caring for her home and family brought Gerri much pleasure and pride. She treasured her grandchildren and delighted in helping to share their character. As a life-long passion, she collected and displayed in her home, pictures, books, historical items and other memorabilia, including anything Native American. She especially enjoyed country music and old-time mountain music of the Smokies. She spent her free hours researching family genealogy and never stopped her passion of caregiving working up until her last day. Gerri’s faith in God sustained her throughout her life. No one can or will fill Mam’s shoes and she will be missed greatly. She will be cremated and laid to rest with the mountain wildflowers in her beloved Smoky Mountains in the Spring. A local memorial service will be held at a later time.

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