O Love that wilt not let me go,
I rest my weary soul in Thee;
I give Thee back the life I owe,
that in Thine ocean depths
its flow may richer, fuller be.
On Friday, June 30, 2017 at George Washington University Hospital in Washington, D.C., our beloved Geraldine Diggs Hines, surrounded by her loving family, gave up her worn, earthly tent in order to receive that Resurrection body promised to all Believers.
“Geri”, as she was affectionately called, was born in Norfolk, Virginia to the late Charles and Cynthia Forehand Robinson on March 20, 1936, but was adopted and lovingly nurtured and raised by the late John and Marie Diggs. She was educated in the Norfolk Public School System and began employment in several areas soon afterwards. Geraldine possessed a very strong work ethic and worked longest at Norfolk Linen Service for almost fifteen years and the Ford Plant for more than twenty years, all while rearing her family.
In 1995, Geraldine suffered a stroke at work and subsequently retired from the Ford Plant. She received excellent care from her oldest daughter, Brenda until 2010 when she moved to Maryland to live with her daughter, Linda and her husband, DJ who also provided outstanding care.
Geraldine was a member of First Calvary Baptist Church in Norfolk, Va. from age ten until her passing. She attended and supported the church faithfully (serving in the Church Soup Kitchen for several years) until failing health made it impossible for her to continue.
Geri was an out-going person with a vibrant personality and an engaging smile who seemed to take great delight in complimenting others. She almost always greeted you with “Hi, Beautiful” or “How are you, Handsome”? Her comments were positive and really made you feel good! She habitually sent birthday and holiday cards to friends and family until she could no longer do so.
She was family- oriented and the generous manner in which she ensured that their needs were met showed her care and concern for them. This was especially true of her relationship with her young grandchildren and her aunts.
She was exceptionally meticulous about her personal appearance and her home. Everything was clean, orderly, and coordinated. Geraldine was always stylishly and appropriately dressed from “head to toe” – hair perfectly coiffured, make-up expertly applied, manicures and pedicures regularly done, and ‘rocked” those high heeled shoes that accentuated her shapely legs….. It is no wonder that she called herself the “Sexy Senior Citizen”.
She loved music and no matter the situation or mood, music could energize and revive her. She loved to dance, was a good dancer, and even at age 80 could do the “limbo” down to the floor.
We miss her, but thank God for her life and the time that He shared her with us.
Geraldine was predeceased by sons, William Hines and John Gentry Hines and a favorite aunt, Irene Brooks.
Geri leaves to cherish her memories three daughters: Brenda Diggs Etheridge of Norfolk, Va., Lillian Hines Warren (Sudard) of Smithfield, Va., and Linda Hines Gore (DeJuan) of Lusby, Maryland; one son, Johnny R. Hines (Kathy) of Pennsylvania; thirteen grandchildren, including a special grandson, Kermit D. Diggs (Tisha) of Waldorf, MD; seventeen great-grandchildren; six sisters: Margaret Edwards (Raymond) of Portsmouth, Va., Barbara Dudley, Deloris Ash (Zachariah), Theresa Holley, all of Norfolk, Va., Dora Pair (Jim) of New York; and Verda Tate (Corey) of Norfolk, Va.; one brother, James Johnson (Margaret) of Norfolk, Va.; a special aunt, Margaret Wright of Norfolk, Va.; long-time friends Mamie Gaines and Thomas White, both of Norfolk, Va.; and a myriad of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends, including her constant companion, “Chico”, the family pet.
SORROW IS NOT FOREVER. LOVE IS.