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Power cord gets tangled up in lawn mower, East Texas life lost

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PALESTINE, TX (KLTV) - The wife of a war hero is dead after touching a live power cord that got tangled up in her lawn mower. 58-year-old Geraldine Auger of Palestine was pronounced dead Monday at their home on County Road 4416 in northern Anderson County. Sheriff Greg Taylor says after the cord got caught in the mower's blades and Geri tried to move it off. That's when she was electrocuted.

Alvin and Geri Auger were married more than 30 years. He is a Vietnam veteran with five purple hearts and a silver star. Geri was a retired teacher who more recently raised prize-winning rabbits and goats that she loved to show across East Texas.

"She was very good with kids, just like her animals," said Alvin. "She loved it out here in East Texas."

The Auger's house is a home full of memories and Geri's touch.

"She and I and my daughter, we built this place," said Alvin. 

Alvin says Geri knew better than to touch that extension cord, because it powered an electric fence. But, he says she was so tired because she maintained their farm by herself. It is a task that would normally take a whole army to complete.

"[She was] a hardworking person and just didn't know when to rest," said Alvin. "I would help her as much as I could the last couple of years. I'm on oxygen 24/7. I couldn't help her anymore."

Now that she's gone, Alvin is calling on the good hearts of East Texans. The hundreds of rabbits and 50 goats Geri raised are now needing good homes.

"I'd like to give them to people who would appreciate them," said Alvin. "They were like children to her. You know what I mean? You couldn't find a better woman. She's missed a lot."

She was a former special needs teacher in Palestine, mother, sister, and beloved wife who will never be forgotten.

"Everybody who knew Geri had a good word for her," said Alvin. "She's just one of those special people."

If you're interested in taking in some of Alvin's animals, you may call their home at 903-549-2669.

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