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Geraldine Lois Douglas Haggins, 91 of Lawrence Township, NJ, transitioned this life on Saturday, February 3,2024, at Robert Wood Johnson Hospital. She was born in Princeton, New Jersey, on August 27, 1932, to the late Roscoe (Chink) and Elizabeth Greene Douglas. Gerry, the name she preferred over Geraldine, attended Princeton Nursery School, Witherspoon School for Colored Children (this school educated the African American children of Princeton from 1837 until the Princeton Public Schools were integrated in 1948). Here, she ran track and was an active Girl Scout. She then attended Princeton High School, where she enjoyed playing field hockey, basketball, baseball and also sang in the school chorus, graduating In 1950. A love for clothes and fashion led her to take a part-time job so that she could purchase the quality clothes she loved to style.
She eventually met and married Lewis Haggins, Jr. in May of 1955. Their union of 52 years bore three children. Fraternal twins Lois and Lewis, Jr. (Louie) and Brockland (Brock). They lived in Princeton briefly, then moved to Lawrence Township and raised their family, which was everything to her. Shortly after moving to Lawrence Township, Gerry became a Den Mother leading the neighborhood Cub Scout group. While employed as a salesperson at Gallery 100 in 1970, she completed training at the Kodak Marketing Education Center in Rochester, New York, that honed and perfected her love for photography. Over the years, she took and compiled photos to create over 40+ photo albums filled with the precious memories she cherished. Gerry also worked at the Training School for Boys in Skillman, New Iersey.-She retired from her final employment at Gallup Polls in Princeton, where her work ethic and integrity were highly regarded and appreciated, so much so that after retirement, the company asked her -to return to work on a particular project. The First Baptist Church of Princeton was near and dear to her heart. She served in several ways, including the Pulpit Committee, Vacation Bible School, Willing Workers, and the Pastoral Anniversary Committee. She was also instrumental and active in the Ministry for the Homeless, which she started with her son Brock and launched in memory of her loving son Louie. After retirement, Gerry had plenty of time to watch and enjoy her favorite television shows, Jeopardy, Wheel of Fortune, Morning Joe (MSNBC), and Bill Maher! Other favorites included her love for baseball player Jackie Robinson, the New York Giants, and a matchbox collection that covered-two walls in her hallway!
She and her sisters Carole, Verna, and Jean were extremely close-knit, spending quality time together with their children, family, and parents. On weekends, they enjoyed going to dances and bowling and especially liked going to Lakewood and Jamesburg, New Jersey, to swim, barbeque, and enjoy the out-of-doors. Preceded in death by her husband, Lewis Haggins, Sr., son, Lewis Haggins, Jr. (Louie), and sisters Verna Wilson and Carole Taylor. She leaves to cherish and celebrate her life, her daughter, Lois Funderburg (Jonathan, [r.), her son, Brockland
Haggins (Carolyn), sister, Jean Riley, grandson, Jonathan Funderburg, III (Jay), granddaughters, Lauren Funderburg and Chanelle Rouse, great-grandchild, Imani Oslin, and two godchildren, Thomas and Arielle Taylor. Best childhood friend since nursery school, Arden Pollard, longtime friend, Lizzie Mae Corbin, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Funeral service will be 11am Tuesday, February 13, 2024 at First Baptist Church of Princeton, 119 John Street, Princeton, NJ 08542. Calling hours will be 9am until the time of service. Interment will be at Franklin Memorial Park, North Brunswick, NJ.