Our spunky mother and grandmother, Geraldine Nelson Westfall Marquis passed away quietly during the night of Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011, at the age of 99 years, 3 months and 11 days. Jari was born the fourth child of Joseph Thomas Nelson and Suna Mae Croff, in Fort Smith, Ark., on Nov. 2, 1911.
Jari is survived by three children, Page McDonald of Kingman, Lee Westfall Kallusch of Richmond, Va., and Douglas Westfall of Crescent City, Calif.; one niece, Antoinette Tartoue Wengler of Dallas; as well as seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.
Jari enjoyed travel, crafting including making jewelry and painting ceramics, dancing and reading. She lived in many states but most recently in California, Texas and Arizona. She lived at Desert Highlands Care Center for the last six years.
There will be no services and she will be cremated as she wished. Her ashes will be scattered on the beach at Crescent City at a later date.