A bright light went out of our lives on Christmas Day when Claudia Sue Geary ended her journey here with us. After a short stay at Halifax Medical & Brooks Rehab. in Daytona Beach, she was briefly at Halifax Hospice in Port Orange. Claudia was born in 1949 in McKeesport, Pa, graduated from Clairton High School and matriculated at California University in Pennsylvania for her Bachelor’s degree. Although a Volusia County resident for over 40 years, she maintained close ties to her McKeesport friends and relatives and for many years attended annual reunions. Claudia enjoyed exploring her family history and genealogy, which led to her being installed in 2014 into the Jane Sheldon Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR).
Claudia’s professional career was devoted to assisting both parents and students in financing higher education. She was Director of Student Financial Aid at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Associate Director of Student Financial Aid at University of South Florida in Tampa and for Bank of America assisted colleges & universities throughout the southeastern region. She was also past President of the Florida Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (FASFAA). Claudia enjoyed knitting, contributing numerous items to friends, relatives and charitable groups. Cooking, sharing recipes and landscaping were also favorite hobbies.
We will always admire her strength, perseverance and especially her kindness. She is survived by her partner of 34 years, John “Jack” Agett, her brother Donald (Loree) Chalfant and her nieces, nephews, family and friends. Claudia was predeceased by her parents A.Claude & Edna Ruth Chalfant.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Baldwin Brothers Funeral & Cremation Society in New Smyrna Beach assisted with arrangements. Future internment will be at Daytona Memorial Park Cemetery in Daytona Beach, Fl. Claudia would have appreciated donations in her name to the American Cancer Society, Halifax Hospice or a charity of your choice.