Gerdia Mae Shewmaker, 80, of Orange, died June 22, 2009, at Harbor Hospital in Orange. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m., Thursday, at Harvest Outreach, a ministry of the Church of God of Prophecy in Orange under the direction of Claybar Funeral Home with the Rev. Joe Raiborn officiating. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens near Bridge City. Visitation will be 5-8 p.m., Wednesday, at the church.

Gerdia was born on May 11, 1929, in Morgan City, La. She was the daughter of Lawrence W. Trahan and Gertrude (Robicheaux) Trahan. Gerdia received her ministers licensed from the Church of God of Prophecy in 1952. She served as a missionary who traveled all over the world. She also served as pastor of several churches and retired four years ago from Harvest Outreach, a ministry of the Church of God of Prophecy in Orange. Everyone who knew Gerdia loved her.

She was preceded in death by her husband, LeRoy Shewmaker; son, Allen Lee Shewmaker; sisters, Mable Stansbury and Marie Perry; and brothers, J.W. Trahan and L.W. Trahan.

Survivors include her sisters, Belvia Jowell and her husband E.C. of Orange and Shelia Marburger of Orange; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Serving as Pallbearers will be Joseph Delk, Donald Delk, Steve Hatfield, Leon Marburger, John Cordova and Glen Williams. Honorary Pallbearers will be James Stansbury and Leon Marburger.