Geraldine Giddens was a resident of Ray City, GA in the 1940s while she attended Georgia State Womens College in Valdosta, GA (now Valdosta State University).
Born Geraldine Hester Fletcher on February 2, 1924, she was a daughter of Eliza Carter and Zachariah Fletcher. She spent her childhood in Dasher, GA just south of Valdosta.
Geraldine Fletcher married Norvell “Joe” Giddens, and the young couple made their home at Ray City, GA. He was a son of Emma Ward and Albert Sidney Giddens, of Cook County.
In 1944, Geraldine Giddens was a member of the Sociology Club at G.S.W.C.
The Sociology Club, composed of the majors and minors in this field, has carried on a variety of activities during the 1943-44 year.
One meeting in each quarter was devoted to the rolling of bandages at the Red Cross room.
A dance was sponsored for the benefit of the War Bond Scholarship Fund, and a War Savings Stamp was brought to each meeting by all members. A donation to the Chapel Fund was made from the club treasury.
The club became foster parent s to a refugee child in a colony in England by a $50 contribution which provides a bed for the child for a year.
An agency membership was taken out in the Georgia COnference on Social Welfare for 1944, and the issues of the bulletin “Georgia Welfare” received from the Conference were donated to the library.
Programs during the year were related to various concerns in the field of social work. Outside speakers were brought in whenever possible.
“LANCASTER, Calif. — Geraldine Hester Fletcher Giddens, 87, of Lancaster, Calif., formerly of Valdosta, Ga., passed away Tuesday, April 19, 2011. Arrangements are handled by Halley Olsen Murphy Funeral Home, Lancaster, Calif. — Halley Olsen Murphy Funeral Home”
“Granny Giddens was born on February 2, 1924. She went home to be with the Lord on April 19, 2011. She grew up in Valdosta, Georgia with a large happy family of 10 siblings. Moved to California in 1955. Lancaster became her home in 1968. Granny had 3 children. Jerry and Joey Giddens that she missed very much and her daughter Shirley Griffiths of Lancaster. She had several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her happiest memories were taking care of them. Work of any kind made Grannys day, she needed to be busy. Over the years she had worked at Howard Johnsons, Mayflower Gardens and Whole Wheatery. Later in life she kept busy having garage sales and making sure Panache Salon was clean and orderly. Her daily visits to the senior center for lunch and their bus trips were a blessing. Her down home strength and life lessons will take us through, this sad time and will help us to continue to grow. Granny was loved and will be missed by all that knew her