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Geraldine M. Mauk

Published 3:34pm Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Geraldine M. Mauk

November 25, 2012

Geraldine M. Mauk, 83, Russellville, passed away Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012, at Russellville Hospital.

Mrs. Mauk was a native of Birmingham and had lived in Russellville for the past five years.  She was a member of First Baptist Church in Russellville.

Although she was blinded at a young eight years of age, she never lost sight of great accomplishments. She operated and taught switchboard with Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind for many years. Later in life she pursued and received her Master’s degree from the University of Alabama in her early fifties.

She went on to teach special education with the Tuscaloosa County School System. She was a member of many clubs and organizations over the years which included some of the following: Alabama School for the Blind Alumni, Town Council member in Ingliss, Fla., Pilot’s Club, and recipient of the Lillian Ricks Award, a lifetime achievement.  She taught Sunday School, played the piano, had a love for life, and was always ready to share a joke or two. Her blindness was never a handicap, just a little inconvenience.

Funeral services were Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012, at Claire Purcell United Methodist Church in Talladega with Richard Parker and Bert Fowler officiating.

Survivors include children, James Ronald Johnson and wife, Cheryl, Talladega; Betty Johnson Allison and husband, Stanley, Russellville; Richard Lamar Johnson and wife, Sheila, Tuscaloosa; sister, Joyce Burnett, The Villages, Fla.; seven grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to First Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 326, Russellville, Alabama.

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