, Muskogee, OK


September 23, 2012

Geraldine “Jeri” McMahon

1936 – 2012

Geraldine Ann “Jeri” McMahon, 75, of Fort Gibson, Oklahoma, died Sunday, September 16, 2012 at Muskogee Regional Medical Center. She was born in Charles City, Iowa, October 2, 1936, to Lyle and Florence (Nettleton) Maxson. She grew up and attended schools in Greene, Iowa, and then graduated from the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Following graduation, she moved to Denver, Colorado, and taught school in Thornton, Colorado. She met her husband, D.J. “Jim” McMahon, on a ski slope at Loveland, Colorado, and they were married in August of 1961. They moved to Santa Barbara, California, in the summer of 1962, where they raised their three children, and lived for 18 years, before moving to Fort Gibson in 1980.

In Santa Barbara, Jeri was active in the Junior Women’s Club, AAUW organization, and volunteered at St. Raphael’s School for many years. She started a Learning Center at the school, worked in the library, was a substitute teacher, and was the girls’ after-school coach. She was also a Brownie and Girl Scout leader for five years. She was the scorekeeper for their boys’ Little League games, and for her daughter’s softball games, which was a city traveling team.

Her passion and hobby was bird watching, which started when she was 11 years old, and continued throughout her life. She was a member of the National Audubon Society, the American Birding Association, The Nature Conservancy, the Oklahoma Ornithological Society (OOS), the North American Bluebird Society, The North American Butterfly Association, and the Oklahoma Bluebird Society. She was past president of OOS, a state-wide birding organization, and also served 12 years on the Executive Board. She was past president of the local Audubon chapter, and also served in many capacities as Secretary, Vice President and Recorder.  Jeri presented birding and nature programs to school children, scout groups, garden clubs, and other civic and birding organizations for many years. She traveled on birding tours all over the world, birding on all seven continents. Her world bird list was over 3500 species. She was proud of her ABA list though, reaching 714, and especially proud of her Oklahoma list of 419 species.

Jeri was a long-time member and past president of the Fort Gibson Women’s Club, a member of the Muskogee Garden Club, a member of the Red Hat Society, and the Bayou Bunch. She was also an avid bridge player. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Muskogee.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and two brothers at birth.

She is survived by her husband, Jim; two sons, Sean and wife Valerie of Warren, OR, and Don and wife Kelly and their sons, Donnie and Colin McMahon all of Lake Oswego, OR; one daughter, Shannon and husband Mark Andregg and their son Nathan Andregg all of Mounds, OK; and many cousins, including a double cousin, Sandra Seim of Cathedral City, CA.

A prayer service will be at 7:00 p.m. Monday, September 24, 2012 at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Funeral Mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, September 25, 2012 at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Father Michael Knipe officiating. Interment will be at Fort Gibson National Cemetery at 12:00 p.m. A luncheon will follow at St. Joseph’s Parrish Hall.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Indian Nations Audubon Society, 206 S. Crabtree Rd., Muskogee, OK 74403, the Oklahoma Ornithological Society at or The Nature Conservancy of Oklahoma at

Funeral service arrangements are under the direction of Foster-Petering Funeral Home. Condolences to the family may be made at


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