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Arlene "Gail" Geary

Arlene “Gail” Geary, 82, of Mt. Holly Springs, PA passed away on Tuesday, June 15, 2021. She was born on September 5, 1938, in Philadelphia, PA to the late Mildred R. Conklin.

Gail graduated from Central Dauphin/Swatara High School and earned her Associates Degree from Southern College in Orlando, Florida.  She retired as a corporate tax accountant with Suntrust Bank. She was a member of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church of Carlisle. She was formerly of Acworth, GA.

A tomboy at heart, she played sports year-round, including basketball, field hockey, and softball at Swatara High School, and was typically one of the best on the team. Softball was her passion, with shortstop being her favorite position. After high school, she played semi-pro softball in Kansas City for a time.

Gail was a devoted and loving mother who very much enjoyed spending time with her daughter and nieces and nephews. Her integrity in everything she did was an attribute that the family held in high regard. She was loved and respected.

An animal whisperer of sorts, she had a unique connection with critters of all kinds. She regularly fed birds and squirrels, and followed their daily shenanigans like some people do sit-coms and soap operas. Greenie was a frog, Moley and family was a family of moles, Chubby was a large, well-fed squirrel (you can guess how he got that way :) ) and Jake, a black snake, became so comfortable with her that from time to time he would intentionally slither by when she walked from the patio to the backyard. Of course, dogs were her favorite. “There was no one so noble as a dog,” she would say, and to them she was just as loyal an owner. In the picture with her is Jazz, her ever faithful golden retriever and best friend.

Surviving is her daughter, Danielle Geary (Mateo), of Acworth, GA; a brother, William Conklin (Joylyn) of York Springs, PA; a sister, Rose Conklin Dorman of Camp Hill, PA; and many nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be held Tuesday, June 29, 2021, at 2:00 PM at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, 201 W. Louther Street, Carlisle, PA with Reverend Titus Clarke officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church. Arrangements are being handled by the Hollinger Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc., Mt. Holly Springs, PA. Please visit www.HollingerFuneralHome.com to offer condolences to the family.

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Gails love for her daughter Danielle was wonderful. Having a wonderful mother help Danielle develop into a wonderful woman. Gail was very honest with integrity. She was always willing to listen to people and very compassion about their situation. She had a special love for animals, nature, travel and she love sports. We met many years ago with same interest & it was very exciting. Gail will always be in our hearts forever. Bill Geary

Bill Geary Jun 25 2021 12:00 AM

Most of memories of my Aunt Gail are from my youth when we would visit for holidays from out of town. She was always engaging, curious, authentic, connected - and alway smiling. As for whatever elements or forces truly compose our notion of "us" or "I" across this flicker of awareness in our Universe - living or not - she will surely live on and propagate her light through the people she loved and those she touched - especially, Danielle and Dot. My heart goes out to them both as Gail's heart continues to beats within them and how they walk through the world. As Ram Dass shared. 'We are all just walking each other home."

Scott Trump Jun 22 2021 12:00 AM

I remember Gail’s advice to us in college: don’t do anything stupid. Although we did not always listen! I remember Gail having to deal with us all night long after terrible sunburns at Cocoa Beach. I remember her gift of quiet observation. She never made a showy deal about it, but she noticed and provided what people needed. I remember she never took shit from anyone. She was a strong woman and I admire that! I admire how she enjoyed and pursued her passion for photography. She was so talented! She was calm, level headed and yet passionate for her family and for her convictions. She loved so deeply! I am honored to have known her.

Amy Bussler Jun 16 2021 12:00 AM

My best friend for over 50 years. I will miss you so much. I mostly cherish our wonderful travels we made all over the United States and to many National Parks. The picnics in the back yard with all of your nieces and nephews were so much fun. How they loved their “Aunt Gail”. The love and help you provided to my parents as they aged was remarkable. My nephews always said you treated them just like your own. How proud you should be of Danielle! She has grown to a wonderful woman because of your parenting. May you Rest In Peace as you are reunited with Jazz and loved ones who went before you. Missing you already!

Dot Jun 16 2021 12:00 AM

Danielle, Dottie, and Mateo, We are so sorry for your loss. Gail was very special to us, and we are grateful for the years we had with her in Orlando and Atlanta. We will miss her.Love always,Jane Walley and Erin Rivera

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