Adams-Gonzalez, 78, most recently of Tucson, AZ passed away peacefully on
Sunday, March 15, 2020 at Pepeís House in Tucson Medical Center Hospice.
Jeri was born December 5, 1941 to Irene (nee Benko) and Albert
Jeri loved to
dance. She started dancing when she was very young and danced, in some
fashion, throughout her entire life from Tap and Ballet as a child, to Zumba
and Two-Steppiní out with her husband well into her seventies. She was a
gifted artist, poet, mother and R.N. Anyone who knew her knows of her
cheerful love of all things whimsical and purple. Falling stars and glitter
were often included in her gifts in an effort to encourage a moment or two
of joy. Jeri also loved caring for and watching hummingbirds.
Jeri graduated from
Emerson High School (Gary, IN) in 1959. She loved being a mother and worked
hard to raise her children. After working diligently and putting herself
through school she became a nurse, graduating from Purdue University. Jeri
worked as a Psychiatric Nurse at Methodist Hospital (Gary), retiring in
For 11 years Jeri
was married to her high school sweetheart, Robert N. Adams, after which time
they divorced. In 1991, Jeri married Hector G. Gonzalez. After living in
Indiana most of her life, she retired with her husband to Hereford, AZ.
As a faithful
member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Jeri dedicated
her life to helping others. She loved singing in the choir, playing with the
children and hugging absolutely everyone. Jeri was always the first to greet
a new face with the warmest, most sincere smile, and she easily made friends
wherever she went. She looked for opportunities to offer cheerful service to
any in need and strived to spiritually lift those around her.
Jeri is preceded in
death by her parents, husband, older brother Albert Ihnat (Tamra) and Alís
first wife Patricia. She leaves behind daughters Keri Hanna and Kelli
(David) Dyerly; her younger brother Milo Ihnat; and grandchildren: Joel
(Laura) Dyerly, Warren Dyerly, Morgan Hanna, Nicholas (Ekaterina) Dyerly,
Talia Dyerly, Spencyr Hanna and great-granddaughter Charlotte Dyerly. Jeri
is also survived by stepchildren: Maria, Teresa, Greg, Ron and many more
beloved family and friends.
may be given to Pepeís House at TMC Hospice 2715 N. Wyatt Dr., Tucson, AZ