2007-06-14 / Obituaries

Geraldine Cleveland, 87

Geraldine "Gerry" Cleveland, 87, died at her home in Carlisle, Mass., on Friday, June 8, 2007. She was the wife of the late Blair Cleveland (Cdr., USN) and of Everett Alward, who died in air combat during World War II. She was a summer resident of Jamestown.

Born in Newport, Rhode Island, Mrs. Cleveland was the daughter of Commander Owen Bartlett, USN, of Annapolis, Md., and Betty Mildred Barker (Betty M. Bartlett Nevin) of Cheshire, England. Having served as governor of Guam during World War I, Commander Bartlett moved his young family in 1922 to Hawaii, where the young Geraldine grew up, attending the Punahou School, from which she graduated in 1938. Following the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, Geraldine declined to be evacuated with her family, instead she remained in Honolulu to marry her first husband, Everett Alward, a USMC pilot and USNA graduate who was subsequently shot down over the Sea of Japan. Widowed at age 22, Geraldine returned to Jamestown to join her parents and raise her young son, Everett Junior.

Following the war, and while living in Jamestown, Mrs. Cleveland met and married Blair Cleveland, of Concord, Mass., then a Lt. Cmdr. in the Navy, with whom she had three more children.

She is survived by her son Douglas Cleveland and his wife Sara, of McLean and Charlottesville, Va., and her daughter and son-in-law, Holly and Peter Gifford, of Concord, Mass. She was the mother of Bradford Cleveland, and Everett Owen "Laddie" Alward.

All of her life, Mrs. Cleveland was a lover of nature, and she always delighted in and treasured especially the little things that might be found in one's own garden. In Jamestown and in Carlisle, Gerry loved and nurtured both her gardens and the creatures that inhabited them. She enjoyed for many years her association with both the Jamestown Garden Club and the Seeds and Weeds Garden Club of Concord. An avid walker, Mrs. Cleveland was also a landscape watercolorist, maintaining artist memberships with the Concord Art Association and the Jamestown Arts and Crafts Association.

She will be dearly missed by her family and friends. In lieu of flowers, her children request that gifts may be made to The Humane Society, The Nature Conservancy, or to Partners' Hospice. Funeral services will be private.

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