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Geraldine Seastrunk Kidwell – March 9, 2013


Geraldine Seastrunk Kidwell, 79, of Grapevine died Saturday, March 9, 2013.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, 2013, in First Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Philip Rhodes, senior minister of First United Methodist Church in Hurst, officiating. Burial will be in Llano Cemetery. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
Geraldine was born Dec. 12, 1933, in Albuquerque, N.M. to JW and Marguerite Seastrunk. She passed away peacefully Saturday, March 9, 2013.
Geraldine moved to Temple as a child and attended Temple High School. She then moved to Waco to attend Baylor University, where she received a Bachelor of Music Education degree.
At Baylor, she met Richard M. Kidwell, Jr. They were married on April 2, 1953. In 1955, the couple moved to Amarillo, where they both became teachers. They both later received their Master of Music Education degrees from the University of Northern Colorado. Amarillo became their home for the next 40 years.
Geraldine dedicated her life to music and education. She loved playing her violin, whether part of a church group or as member of the Amarillo Symphony. She taught elementary strings and private violin lessons for many years. In 1988, Geraldine became the Director of Fine Arts for Amarillo ISD. While there, she also served on several education initiatives, including the No Child Left Behind committee, and the committee to create the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Fine Arts for the state of Texas.
From AISD, Geraldine went on to serve at the Texas Education Agency in Austin as the Assistant Director of Fine Arts. Following that position, she assumed responsibility of Twenty-First Century Grants for Texas.
After retirement, Geraldine and Richard moved to North Texas to be near family. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Hurst and sang in the Chancel and Chapel Choir. She spent the last several years of her life teaching private violin lessons to beginning students and spending time with her grandchildren.
Survivors include two daughters, Sessalie Shapley and husband Greg of Bedford and Samantha Panek and husband Ray of Rye, N.H; five grandchildren, Savannah, Abby and Ben Shapley and Margo and Shoal Panek; and many students, fellow educators, administrators and friends.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

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