The Ladies of the Jewelia Project
A Community’s Best Friend
Ms. May, Gerri Elliott
Gerri Elliott was born in Killingly, a small town in Northeastern Connecticut. After she graduated high school she was employed as Secretary to the Treasurer of Powdrell and Alexander, Inc., the largest manufacturer in Windham County. Later she became Secretary to the President. A few years later Gerri married and had two children, her son Cullen and daughter Sandra. She was a homemaker while her children were young and then got a job as Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent of Schools. In 1984, she was asked to run for the local State Representative seat which she won by 7 votes, defeating an incumbent of 10 years.
After her children graduated college and started families of their own, Gerri and her husband Sam traveled to Florida for several years. They enjoyed the change in climate and purchased property in Port St. lucie. They built a home and moved here permanently in 2004.
After the passing of her husband, Gerri looked for volunteering opportunities and worked with the Port St Lucie Civic Center. In 2010 she volunteered at HANDS of St. Lucie County and has been volunteer coordinator for the past 8 ½ years.
This is Gerri’s first year being a Lady of Jewelia and enjoys the opportunity of being involved in another way with HANDS.