What did Diane most admire about Gerald?
“He was just very honest,” Diane said. “You knew exactly what he was thinking and how he felt about stuff. He was extremely honest. He couldn’t stand dishonesty.”
Diane also feels Gerald made her a better person.
“I had gotten kind of withdrawn after my divorce,” Diane said. “I wasn’t who I had been before. ... He just pulled me out of that and made me extremely outgoing, which I had never been before, not even in my good years. He just always encouraged me to do a little bit more. We made each other better. We were a good combination.”
Diane said she and Gerald had a combined total of seven children and 17 grandchildren. And they each loved all the children equally.
“And that’s the way it was from day one,” Diane said. “He was an amazing man. He kind of walked to his own drum. But it was an honest drum.”
Gerald was 77 when he died June 21 after a three-year battle with cancer.
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