NORTH MANCHESTER – Ruth G. “Gerry” Eberly, 89, North Manchester, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021, at Timbercrest Healthcare Center, North Manchester.  

The daughter of the late Charles and Nellie Couch Keplinger, Gerry was born on July 29, 1931, in Huntington County.

Gerry graduated from Huntington Township High School in 1949.

In 1957, she married Guy L. Geiger. The two were wed for 13 years before Guy passed away in 1970. After the heartbreak of losing her husband, Gerry was fortunate to find love again. On Aug. 19, 1973, she married Ray Eberly. During their 46 years together, Ray and Gerry enjoyed traveling the world and worshiping at the First Brethren Church, North Manchester, where they both were members.  

Gerry was a cook for Chester Elementary and then Manchester Elementary from 1976 to 1993. She also planned and made food for countless church events at the First Brethren Church. She enjoyed collecting antiques, but the thing that Gerry loved the most was cooking for her family and having them all over to visit. She especially loved making special desserts for her grandchildren. Gerry often “monitored” the grandchildren playing Spoons and other games. Sadly, Gerry again felt the heartbreak of losing a husband when Ray passed away on Nov. 1, 2019.

The loving memory of Ruth “Gerry” Eberly will be forever cherished by her son, Gregg Geiger, Churubusco; daughter, Janet Clarke, West Springfield, Mass.; stepsons, Ronald (Joyce) Eberly, Gary (Karen) Eberly, Scott (Darla) Eberly, all of North Manchester; and Nick (Jon Morgan) Eberly, Elkhart; sister, Shirley (Jim) Shaw, Columbia City; 15 grandchildren; and 27 great-grandchildren.

Gerry was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Nellie Keplinger; husbands, Guy L. Geiger and Ray Eberly; stepson, Kurt Allen Eberly; son-in-law, Norm Clarke; brothers, Charles Keplinger Jr. and Earl Thomas; and sisters, Donna Flora and Janice Colleen.

Due to COVID-19 concerns, a private service will be held at a later date.


For those who wish to honor the memory of Ruth “Gerry” Eberly, memorial contributions may be made to Timbercrest Charitable Assistance Fund, P.O. Box 501, North Manchester, IN 46962.