Gertie was born to Marjorie Lawson and Francis Gouker in Huntington Park, Ca.
She grew up with seven siblings John, Peggy, Betty, King, Grace, Mary and Kathy. She graduated from Huntington Park High School in 1948. In 1949 Gertie married Bill Talbott. They were married until his death in 1964.
They had four children Cathy, Bill, Andy (deceased) and Tony. In 1968 she met Bob Shrode at Parents without Parents, they married in 1969 and Lori was born in 1971. Bob had two children Shelly and Mike from a previous marriage.
Gertie enjoyed 11 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. She was a dedicated housewife/homemaker and wonderful mother. She worked at Nelda’s Diner in the 1980’s. She and Bob enjoyed attending the Pismo Beach Jazz Festival.
They also did a lot of RV camping and traveling. She and Bob were active members of St. Jude Catholic Church. Bob passed away in October of 2018, then Gertie went to live with her youngest daughter Lori and her husband Dan Elam.
Gertie’s celebration of life will be held on Friday July 10th at St. Jude Catholic Church in Wofford Heights with a rosary at 10:30 am and funeral mass at 11 am.