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Geraldine Lucille (Haight) Aull, 92, of Excelsior Springs, passed away Wednesday Jan. 30, 2008 at the Cameron Regional Medical Center in Cameron. Prior to entering the hospital she had been a resident at the Missouri State Veterans Home in Cameron.
Geraldine was born Dec. 25, 1915, in Antrim, Pa., the daughter of Arthur and Mary Alice Sease Haight. She married Forrest J. Aull, Sr., on Feb. 14, 1946 in Rockville, Md.; he preceded her in death July 13, 1986.
Mrs. Aull was raised in Elmira, N.Y. and graduated from the Elmira Free Academy in 1933. She received her R.N. degree upon her 1937 graduation from the St. Joseph Hospital School of Nursing. Following graduation, she was employed as a public health nurse in Washington, D.C. and New York City. A veteran of World War II, she was inducted in the United States Army as an Army Nurse on Feb. 1, 1944. She was honorably discharged on March 9, 1946, receiving the rank of First Lieutenant. While she was stationed in Czechoslovakia, she met her husband who was also stationed there. Following their discharge, Mr. and Mrs. Aull came to Excelsior Springs then lived in Nitro, W.V., New Orleans, Louisiana and St. Louis before returning to Excelsior Springs where they retired in 1970.
Mrs. Aull was a life-long member of the Episcopal Church. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Jewel Chapter #492 in Excelsior Springs where she served in various offices including Worthy Matron. Her hobbies included reading, flowers, gardening, and animals, as she always had pets and was a life-long animal lover. She also enjoyed crocheting, knitting, ceramics and was an excellent seamstress. Above all, she enjoyed spending time with her family. She was affectionately known as GiGi by her family and friends.
Survivors include: two sons and daughters-in-law, Forrest J. Aull, Jr. and his wife, Susan, and John Ray Aull and his wife, Shirley, all of Excelsior Springs; four grandchildren, Sarah Oldham of Excelsior Springs, Rev. Jennifer Aull of Brooklyn, N.Y., Nathan Douglas and Melanie Bache, of Kansas City, and seven great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband, Forrest, her mother, and one daughter, Mary Alice Douglas on July 27, 2007, preceded her in death.
The family will receive friends Monday, Feb. 4, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Polley Funeral Home in Excelsior Springs. A memorial service will immediately follow at 6:30 p.m. at the funeral home. An Eastern Star service will be held at the beginning of the service. Burial will be at a later date in the Masonic Cemetery in Excelsior Springs.
Arrangements are under the direction of Polley Funeral Home in Excelsior Springs.