Friends Express Anger After How A Father Handled Obituary, Funeral Arrangements


A transgender woman’s sudden death saddened her his friends. As did the discovery that she he was buried as a man at the funeral.

NewNowNex reports 32-year-old Jennifer Gable was actually born as Geoffrey Gable but had been living her his life as a woman in the years before his death. She He worked as a customer service coordinator for Wells Fargo prior to her his sudden death from an aneurysm.

While her his death came as a shock to her his friends, so did how she he was represented at the funeral hosted by her his father.

Jennifer was displayed in an open casket at the funeral, but it was not the person friends knew when they viewed her his body. Jennifer’s hair had been cut short, her his body dressed in a suit, and she he was presented as a man.

“I am disgusted,” Stacy Dee Hudson posted on Facebook. “A great and dear friend’s mom went to the funeral today. It was not closed casket. They cut her hair, suit on. How can they bury her as geoff when she legally changed her name. So very sad. Jen you will be missed and people who know you know that you are at peace.”

The obituary her his family paid for did not mention Jennifer, it only referred to her him as the male Geoffrey.

The obituary reads in part:

Geoffrey Charles Gable, 32, Boise, passed away suddenly while at his job at Wells Fargo Bank.

He was born in Twin Falls on January 27, 1982 to Anthony Clark Gable and Lori Ann Walton.

Geoff and his brother, Steven, were raised from toddlers by their maternal grandparents, George and Joan Walton.

He attended Morningside Elementary School, O’Leary Junior High and graduated from Twin Falls High School in the year 2000.

He was married to Ann Arthurs in 2005 in Hawaii. They were later divorced.

Geoff grew up as a member of the Twin Falls First Christian Church, where he was baptized in 1996.

He loved animals and his constant companion during the last decade of his life was his beloved little black Miniature Schnauzer, Mindy.

“No mention of the woman she knew she was and had lived as for several years. Just erosion of her identity and an old photograph of how the father perceived her to be,” said Meghan Stabler, a board member of Human Rights Campaign and member of HRC’s National Business Council.

“I only knew her online. She reached out to me a couple of years ago when she was in transition,” Stabler told the Miami Herald. “The usual: What do I need to worry about at work? Am I going to be OK? Is life going to be better? Can you assure me everything is going to be OK?”

Stabler views what Jennifer’s father did as an erasure of her his legal identity “either through ignorance or arrogance.”

Jennifer’s death certificate labeled her him as male.

“The death certificate says Geoffrey AKA Jennifer Gable,” Mike Parke of Magic Valley Funeral Home and Crematory said. “The last few years she lived as Jennifer. They buried him as Geoff. A tormented situation for all those involved.”

E. Goldstein

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