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Obituary for Geraldine Smith Belnap

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Geraldine Smith Belnap

January 24, 1928 - September 12, 2011

Geraldine Smith Belnap, 83, passed peacefully from this life at home on Monday, September 12, 2011, completing her fight against pancreatic cancer with the same grace, dignity, and class she displayed throughout her life.Geri was born on January 24, 1928, in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Franklin Roberts Smith and Iona Purnell Heiner. She attended Whittier Elementary School in Salt Lake City and graduated from East High School in Denver, Colorado in 1946. While attending the University of Utah she met and fell in love with a young, handsome medical student, N. Blaine Belnap. They were sealed in the Salt Lake Temple on August 18, 1955 (divorced 1999). They spent their early marriage in Salt Lake City, UT, and California but settled in Ogden where together they raised two children, Scott and Susan. They later built a home in Eden, UT. Geri was the epitome of grace and class. She had many dear friends and loved to socialize. She loved to attend the theater. There probably is not a Broadway play she has not seen. She attended and hosted many luncheons, dinner parties, and game nights, always with a touch of elegance included in the simplest of gatherings but never before her floors were vacuumed, her hair was done, and her earrings were in. Geri was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and enjoyed many callings over the years. She was also a member of the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers and the Delta Delta Delta Sorority-Theta Phi Chapter, University of Utah.She is survived by her children, Dr. C. Scott (Christina) Belnap, Kailua, HI, and Susan (Bruce) Bunnell, Ogden, UT; 7 grandchildren, CarriAnn Bunnell, Brittany (Tom)Driscoll, Eric (Katie) Bunnell, Jeffrey Bunnell, Kayla Bunnell, Malia Belnap, Maile Belnap, and one great grandson, Samuel Bunnell. Geri was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Franklin Heiner Smith. The family wishes to extend sincere thanks to Mom’s dear friends, neighbors, and Relief Society for their countless hours of service to her during her final weeks. Also, there are no words to adequately express our gratitude to Mom’s nephew, Frank, and his wife Cheryl for their charity, selflessness, and love during Mom’s final days. She cherished them and it was fitting that as she took her last breath in this life, they were by her side.Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 17, 2011, at Leavitt’s Mortuary, 836 36th Street, Ogden, UT. The family will meet with friends on Friday, September 16, 2011, from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at Leavitt’s Mortuary.Internment, Wasatch Lawn Cemetery 3401 Highland Dr. Salt Lake City, UT.Online condolences may be sent to the family at


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Visitation Information

Date: Friday, September 16, 2011

Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Leavitts Mortuary


836 36th Street, , Ogden, UT, 84403

Service Information

Date: Saturday, September 17, 2011

Time: 11:00 am -

Leavitts Mortuary


836 36th Street, , Ogden, UT, 84403

Cemetery Information

Date: Saturday, September 17, 2011

Wasatch Lawn


3401 Hightland Drive , , Salt Lake City, UT,

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Born: January 24, 1928
Died: September 12, 2011

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Renae Belnap Blackburn posted on 9/19/11

Dear Susan and Scott,I know that you don’t remember me but I’m a first cousin of your Dad & Mom. I use to baby sit you when you were very little and I was in my teens. Your Mom was always good to me and even when I made mistakes with the two of you, she was always kind. When I was getting married she and Helen had a family Bridal Shower for me. She was a wonderful lady and I am sorry to hear that she has passed on. I know that the many memories you have of her will help you through this time and may you be comforted with the knowledge that she is no longer suffering and with others that she loves. God bless you and comfort you. Yours truly Renae Belnap Blackburn


Ruth Ann Poole posted on 9/14/11

My condolences to you Susan and Scott. Your mother was indeed a "lady" in every sense of the word. When I first moved to Eden in 1976, your mom was one of the first to welcome me and my little (at that time)family of Bushells. She always went out of her way to speak to me and I will remember her graciousness. My love to all of you. Ruth Ann Poole


Kim Hyer Bradley posted on 9/14/11

Scott and Susan, I am saddened to hear of the loss of your mother. She was a wonderful, elegant, friendly and caring woman. Growing up I felt a part of your family as she always opened her home to the Hyers. Easter in the circle was a wonderful time for children with an egg hunt that involved every house and every child around. I think that your mom was a major part of that effort as I don't remember it continuing after you moved. I also remember jumping from the upper floor to the lower one in the snow as they were building the house in Eden. It is probably a good thing that it was only our Dad's there as our mothers would have surely panicked. It was a lovely home when it was finished with everything in its place. Thank you for the great memories! You will be in my thoughts at this time of loss. Kim