Jerry G. Gidley, 72, of South Whitley, passed away at 8:46 p.m. on Saturday, June 27, 2020, at her residence, surrounded by her loving family. Born on April 18, 1948, in Chauncey Hollow, W. Va., she was the daughter of Alonzo C. and Alberta(Sias) Varney.
Jerry attended Magnolia High School in Matewen, W. Va., and graduated with the Class of 1966. On May 31, 1969, she married Jon Gidley in Clintwood, Va. Jerry was a good Christian woman with strong full gospel values. She worked as a teacher’s aide for Whitko Community Schools for many years until her retirement in 2005. Jerry also enjoyed engaging in geneology research.
Survivors include her husband, Jon Gidley of South Whitley; daughters, Tammy (Tim Trimmer) Slater and Tina (Doug) Kessie, both of South Whitley; grandchildren, Kyle Slater, Kayla (Ben) Buchanan, Nathan (Alexis) Slater, Joshua (Shayla) Kessie, Cole Kessie, Ryan (Kirstyn) Slater, and Kristina Slater; great- grandchildren, Steven, Andrew, Kaylinn, Nicole, Aiden, Liam, Brady, Dawson, Hudson, Carter, and Parker; siblings, Sherry Blankenship, Daisy Warren, Alma Smith, Rebecca Jenkins, Deborah Peck, and Jennifer Chafin, Alvis Varney, Larry Varney, D. Todd Varney, Anthony Varney, and Robin Varney,
She was preceded in death by her parents, sisters Gail Grimm, June Wellman, Sarah Varney, Anna Davis, and brother Ricky Varney.
A gathering of family and friends will be 4-8 p.m. on Tuesday June 30, at Demoney-Grimes Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive,Columbia City. Funeral services will be held at 10 am on Wednesday July 1, at the funeral home, with limited seating. The funeral service may also be watched live on Facebook through DeMoney Grimes Live.
Burial will follow in South Whitley Cemetery, South Whitley.
Memorial donations may be given in memory of Jerry to Cleveland Township Fire Department.