Geraldine C. Gilliam, age 94, of 19 Beaver Avenue, Beaver Dams passed away Friday, December 30, 2011, at Corning Hospital. Geraldine was born in Buffalo, NY, on October 25, 1917, the daughter of the late Ernest and Shirley (Goodwin) Marsh. She was the wife of the late Royal B. "Brownie" Gilliam. They were married December 23, 1935, in Horseheads, NY. He predeceased her on February 6, 2002.
Gerry went to school at the Elmira Free Academy and had been employed with Lockwood Heath Dry Cleaning in Elmira. She and her husband opened a dry cleaning business on Bridge St. in Corning and then owned and operated Gilliam's Dry Cleaners in Corning on Pulteney St. for over four decades. Early in their marriage she and "Brownie" played in a band and later in life always enjoyed entertaining friends and family with their music.
She is survived by one daughter, Shirella (John) Leipold of Bel Air, MD; one son, Jeffrey (Michele) Gilliam of Dade City, FL; granddaughters: Keri Lyn (Edward) Rizzo of Appleton, WI, and Jacqualyn Ann Leipold of Mountville, PA; great grandson, Jack Allen Rizzo of Appleton, WI; sisters: Eloise Carpenter, Musetta (William) Parker, Joyce Tillotson; brothers, Ernest Marsh and Robert Marsh; and niece, Becky (Len) Vaughn.
Friends will be received Monday, January 2nd from 10:00 to 11:00am at the Phillips Funeral Home & Cremation Service,
17 W. Pulteney St., Corning. Services will follow at 11:00 am with Rev. Matthew Pickering officiating. Private burial will be in Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Elmira.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to CharityMusic.org, a non-profit organization that funds musical instruments and training for needy children.
Donations have been made to Charity Music in memory of Geraldine C. Gilliam by:
Officers & Associates of Auto- Owners Insurance Company, Robert & Sue Allen, Gary & Gretchen Borden, Randy & Paula Borden, Robert & Shelvy Borden, Tina Borden, Jeff & Michele Gilliam, James Johnson, Shirella Leipold, Rosemary Maglio, Rosalie P. Malizia, Jeffrey, Rosalie & Shirlee Meropol, Neal & Sharon Meropol, Jim & Terry Potter, William Ruete, Virginia Slocum, Rebecca & Leonard Vaughan, and Wendie Waddell.