Goldie Hermsmeyer, 95, of Amarillo, died Thursday, May 31, 2012.
Memorial services will be at 2:00 p.m., Monday, June 4, 2012, at Polk Street United Methodist Church with Dr. Burt Palmer, senior pastor, officiating. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
Goldie was born in Phelps County, Nebraska on December 30, 1916. She graduated with a B. A. degree at Hastings College and went on to teach 4th grade at Scotia, Nebraska. Goldie married Omar after his 8 years of military service in India and then moved to Amarillo.
Goldie volunteered one-half of each day to the church, State Center, hospitals, and at hospice. She drove Mrs. M. P. Fields and a city nurse around eastern Amarillo for inquiries to start Wesley Community Center. Goldie took over the founding of Meals-on-Wheels as John Gordon’s mother had the idea and John changed jobs. Goldie had every job as a group initially delivered 15 meals a day from Saint Anthony’s Hospital Ladies. Goldie promoted the Meals-on-Wheels program at many churches to assure the community this was not a welfare project or government affair.
She served her church by teaching 7th and 5th grades, and later helping with rotation plan of kindergarten through 5th grade. She was also active in WSCS and UMW. She was president of Church Women United and served on the state board. Goldie was named 1983Amarillo Globe-News Woman of the Year.
Goldie believed in giving while living to Methodist institutions, including McMurry University, Methodist Children’s Home at Waco and San Antonio, and Polk St. United Methodist Church. Her charitable contributions extended into the community through her generous donations to Amarillo College. Goldie was instrumental in raising the funds for the purchase of the first Martha’s Home residence.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Omar, two sisters and two brothers.
She is survived by a nephew and former employee, Vernon Schoemaker, of Irving.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials in remembrance of Goldie be to Polk Street United Methodist Church, 1401 South Polk St., Amarillo, TX 79101.