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Geraldine Oba

Geraldine Rosalie Oba (Sumner)

Tuesday, September 7th, 1926 - Saturday, May 4th, 2019
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Geraldine Roslie (Smith) Oba, 92

Longtime San Luis Valley resident Geraldine Oba was born on Norton Ranch in Conejos, CO on September 7, 1926. She passed away peacefully on May 4, 2019 at the evergreen Nursing Home in Alamosa, CO.
Geraldine was a wonderful mother of nine children and a consummate homemaker. Although her life was stricken with tragedy and adversity, she remained strong in her faith and perseverance. She and her late husband, Hubert Smith, had eight beautiful children, two of whom were tragically lost at very young ages. More heartbreak followed due to the untimely death of her husband at the early age of 34. Geraldine was forced to raise her surviving six children alone, teaching them the true definition of strength, devotion, and love. Eight years later she married Henry (Hank) Oba and together had a daughter. They owned and operated the Green Spot and Oba Produce for many years. Her children and grandchildren fondly remember her as an excellent cook, a talented seamstress and embroiderer, an avid gardener and reader, and most importantly, a woman of faith.

Geraldine was a devoted member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She was sealed to her first husband and children for time and all eternity in Mesa, AZ temple. She dedicated her life to serving in the Primary, Relief Society, and various other organizations within the Church.
She is survived by her children and their spouses; Roberta (Keith) Layton, Alamosa, CO, Dwight Smith, Alamosa, CO, Louis (Pam) Smith, Palmrya, MO, Alvie Smith, Olathe, CO, Vera Lingerich, Colorado Springs, CO, Leona (Dan) Schmeidler, Midvale, UT, and Yuki (Kenny) Spilker, Sandy, UT. She also left behind her brother John (Shirley) Sumner, 16 loving grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great- grandchild.

In addition to her parents, Leona and John Sumner, she was preceded in death by her husband, Hubert Smith, her second husband, Henry (Hank) Oba, two children, four grandchildren, her sister Marie Ryker, and her two brothers, Harold, and Charles Sumner.

Funeral Services will be held Thursday, May 9 at 11:00 a.m. at the Alamosa Stake Center of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 927 Weber Drive. Visitation will precede the services in the Relief Society room from 10:00-10:45 a.m. Internment will take place in the Sanford Cemetery following the funeral.
The family would like to express a special thanks to Roberta Layton and her family, Dr. William Brinton, and to the staff of Evergreen Nursing Home for all of their loving car and dedicated service.

Rogers Family Mortuary of Alamosa is in care of the arrangements. To leave online condolences or words of encouragement for the family visit www.rogersfunerals.com
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, May 9th, 2019 | 10:00am - 10:45am
    When
    Thursday, May 9th, 2019 10:00am - 10:45am
    Location
    Alamosa Fourth Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
    Address
    927 Weber Avenue
    Alamosa, Colorado 81101
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  • Service

    Thursday, May 9th, 2019 | 11:00am
    When
    Thursday, May 9th, 2019 11:00am
    Location
    Alamosa Fourth Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
    Address
    927 Weber Avenue
    Alamosa, Colorado 81101
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Officiant
    Bishop Jared Thiemann
  • Interment

    Thursday, May 9th, 2019 | 12:00pm
    When
    Thursday, May 9th, 2019 12:00pm
    Location
    Sanford Cemetery
    Address
    Address Not Available
    Sanford, Colorado 81151
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Joshua Jiron

Posted at 12:41am
My deepest condolences to the Family of Geraldine Oba, Geraldine was a very sweet and soft spoken lady. I was fortunate even to have known both Mr. Oba and Geraldine. As a young child my grandparents, Jack and Shizue Green were friends and customers of Hank at the Green Spot, I remember him always giving us Japanese rice candies. It was not until later in life that I met Geraldine. She was a valued customer of mine at Sherwin-Williams. I will never forget when she would come in, always in her bright red car.
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