A transgender woman’s sudden death last month saddened her friends. As did the discovery that she was buried as a man at the funeral.
Jennifer Gable, 32, born Geoffrey Gable, had been living life as a woman for the past few years, reports NewNowNext. Jennifer worked as a customer service coordinator for Wells Fargo prior to her sudden death from an aneurysm.
While her death came as a shock to her friends, so did how she was represented at the funeral hosted by her father.
Jennifer was displayed in an open casket at the funeral, but it was not the person friends knew when they viewed her body. Jennifer’s hair had been cut short, her body dressed in a suit, and she 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 family paid for did not mention Jennifer, it only referred to her as the male Geoffrey. The obituary reads in part:
Geoffrey Charles Gable, 32, Boise, passed away suddenly on October 9, 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 legal identity “either through ignorance or arrogance.”
Jennifer’s death certificate labeled her 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.”