Geraldine “Jeri, Grammy” Margaret Bamrick, 83 years young, passed away Monday, October 17, 2022, at Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, surrounded by her loved ones. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, October 21, 2022, at Reverence Funeral Parlor in Scottsbluff with Greg Bamrick officiating. Cremation has taken place in accordance with her wishes. Memorials may be made to the Panhandle Humane Society. Online condolences may be expressed at www.reverencefuneralparlor.com.
Jeri was born March 13, 1939, in Scottsbluff to the late John T. Bamrick and Dorothy L. Bamrick. She was the oldest of her six siblings: Michael, Sharon, Jean, Debbie, and Patty.
She lived life to the fullest and was an important figure in many people’s lives. Her life was an adventure full of stories that she loved sharing with anyone who would listen. Jeri’s life started in Scottsbluff where she grew up, went to school, married, and raised her four children: Susan, Terry, Scott, and Lisa. Jeri was rooted there with her siblings who raised their families just down the street from her. Many of Jeri’s favorite stories came from this period in her life, and naturally she loved leaving some things out and embellishing others. She should have known from the start that raising her children was not going to be for the faint of heart because if they had an ounce of her stubborn, rebellious, attitude it would be a wild ride. Not only did she have her children, but also her nieces and nephews: Greg, Cory, Shelly, Chad, Chris, Matt, Steve, Jay, Tara, and Turner, whom she also considered and treated as her own.
Her life adventure led her to live in California for a short time and then to Las Vegas, Nevada where she mastered/embraced her spiritual journey becoming a massage therapist for the McGuire sisters. Many of her fondest memories and what she called her “meaningful life lessons” came from this time in her life, or as she would say, “this life.” Jeri believed that we all have lived many different lives being reincarnated after each mortal passing with our spirit entering a new body until we are fully enlightened. One of her favorite stories to tell was about her healer and spiritual guide, who helped her learn and remember her past lives and reach her goal of becoming fully enlightened. Jeri told her family and friends regularly that this was her final life, which if you knew her, was easily believed because she was the embodiment of what everyone desires to be.
Jeri’s final move was to Duluth, Georgia in 1998 to live with her youngest daughter, Susan, and two of her grandchildren, Maggie and Cassie. She wore many hats over her 24 years of living in Georgia including Grammy, field trip chaperone, classroom parent, role model, artist, baker, softball guru and number one fan/cheerleader, doctor, and teacher. School field trips and weekend softball tournaments are memories that she cherished and loved to reminiscence about.
Anyone that knew Jeri can say with ease that her favorite food and first love was sugar. She was notorious for always baking double of whatever she was making that day, cupcakes, cookies or cake, but there was only ever one cake or batch of cookies when everyone would return home. She had already eaten the first, and of course, washed it down with a Coke. Dessert should always be the first course to every meal, was a philosophy she lived by and would want everyone to continue.
Geraldine Margaret Bamrick was a one-of-a-kind, genuine, honest, angel on earth, and will never be forgotten or replaced. She has touched the lives of many and will be forever cherished by family and friends. The way she would want to be honored is by making sure you are living life to the fullest, saying “yes” to the adventures, and always eating dessert first.
Survivors include her children, Susan Robinson, Terry Robinson, Scott Robinson, and Lisa Robinson; grandchildren, Margaret Kooker, Cassandra Kooker, Teri Jo Leise, Michael Robinson, Luke Robinson, Abby Robinson, Tanya Sester, and Payton Roos; her great-grandchildren, Rip Leise, Giorgi Leise, Hunter Robinson, Hudson Robinson, and Lucas Setser; and her sister, Patty Clay.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and four siblings.