Transgender woman presented as a man in open casket at funeral

Gable was presented as a man in her open casket. (x)

Gable was presented as a man in her open casket. (x)

Jennifer Gable died suddenly of an aneurysm on October 9 at age 32 on the job. Gable worked as an Idaho customer service coordinator for Wells Fargo. Gable was transgender, born Geoffrey, and she was presented as a man at her funeral with her hair cut short and dressed in a suit.

Gable’s friends vented on Facebook. “I am disgusted,” Stacy Dee Hudson posted. “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 fact that Gable was transgender is nowhere to be found in her paid online obituary:

“Geoffrey Charles Gable, 32, Boise, passed away suddenly on October 9, 2014 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.”

“I only knew her online. She reached out to me a couple of years ago when she was in transition,” said Meghan Stabler, a board member of Human Rights Campaign and member of HRC’s National Business Council. “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 says Gable’s death shows how important it is to have a will. “She had done what she needed to do legally to be seen as her authentic self. Her father erased her identity either though ignorance or arrogance. But who knows what the parent was going through?”

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

“No mention of the woman she knew she was and had lived as for several years,” Stabler said. “Just erosion of her identity and an old photograph of how the father perceived her to be.”

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