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Geraldine "Geri" (Tipton) Caron
December 18, 1931 ~ December 17, 2023 (age 91) 91 Years Old
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Geraldine "Geri" Tipton was born in Dallas, Texas on December 18, 1931, the fourth child of Fred and Mary Tipton, loving parents, dairy farmers and hard workers. Geri was the first girl in the family and was adored by her three older brothers, Bill, Joe & Gene. Seven years later, her baby sister Joy Sue joined the family; the two sisters had a special relationship and lifelong closeness unparalleled by any other.
Geri attended high school in Altus, Oklahoma. Upon graduation in 1948, she immediately moved to Oklahoma City to attend nursing school at Wesley School of Nursing. She earned her RN degree in 1950 and credited this training with so much of the way she learned to operate throughout her life. Cleanliness, organization, a passion for fighting pain and illness and the importance of serving others were the lifelong results of this impactful education.
In early 1954, at the age of 22, Geri went out on a blind date set up by her roommate with a lovely gentleman named Robert "Bob" Caron, a loud and boisterous "Yankee", quite a contrast to her quiet and demure Southern ways. He quickly grew on her though, and on November 20, 1954, Geri and Bob eloped and were married in New Orleans, Louisiana with only a few family members present. Their devoted union lasted almost 60 years, until Bob's death in 2013.
Geri worked as an RN for years in many capacities: for hospitals, doctors offices and school systems. In the mid-1950's, she attended Texas Christian University, where she earned her bachelor’s in nursing degree. She continued her nursing education by earning a master’s degree in nursing from Texas Women’s University to become an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner in the mid 1960's. This accomplishment caught the attention of Florida Keys Community College in Key West (where she and Bob were living at this time); the college recruited her to be the founder of the Nursing Program there. This program is still alive and well and, to date, has trained thousands of nurses. This was her proudest career accomplishment.
In 1970, a dream came true for Bob and Geri; they were blessed with a baby girl, Dorian Elizabeth, whom they loved more than anything. They doted on her, spoiled her and eternally supported her; better parents never existed and Dorian was a blessed child, indeed.
A huge proponent for education, Geri decided to return to school yet again in the late 1970's and in 1981, earned her Doctorate in Educational Psychology degree from Nova University in Miami. She then started a private practice in Key West as a Psychologist and practiced there happily, successfully for many years, enjoying a wonderful reputation for providing help and meaningful support to so many of the island’s residents.
Another huge accomplishment for Geri was being appointed to the Monroe County School Board in 1982. She ran for re-election and won (very exciting for her!) and was then elected Chairman of the board, a role she held for several years and enjoyed immensely. In so many ways, her career was a reflection of her passion for education and the importance of helping and serving others.
Aside from her many career accomplishments, Geri loved anything beautiful. She had a knack for decorating and her homes were always comfortable, spotless and lovely. She was an avid gardener and especially fond of roses and orchids. She loved the arts; poetry, classical music and reading were always on her list of favorite things. Singing was something she did constantly around the house; she had a beautiful, joyous voice and loved many types of music.
Geri is survived by her loving daughter Dorian Elizabeth Caron Race, son-in-law Keith Race, and two beloved grandchildren Kai Ashton and Kalina Raquel. She is also survived by her cherished baby sister Joy Sue Hudson and brother-in-law Bruce Hudson, nieces Patsye, Nancy, Terri, Tracey, Linda and Karen and nephews Ren, Johnny, Joey, Kreg, Kent and Chuck. She was preceded in death by her husband Robert Caron, her parents Mary and Fred Tipton and her three older brothers, Bill Tipton, Joe Tipton and Gene Tipton.
Geri left this life on December 17, 2023, the day before her 92nd birthday. She had a long and successful life full of close family ties, so much love and many meaningful accomplishments. The legacy of her love will live on through the many lives she touched during her time on this earth. She will be forever missed and forever in our hearts.