Genevieve F. Smith, 94, a long-time Belmond resident, died Aug. 25, 2020 at Waterford of Williamsburg Assisted Living in Lincoln, NE. A celebration of life and burial at the Immanuel Reformed Cemetery near Belmond are pending. Ewing Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.
Memorials are suggested to the Belmond United Methodist Church, 1031 1st St. SE, Belmond, 50421; or to St Croix Hospice, 1001 S. 70th St. #113, Lincoln, NE 68510.
Genevieve Frances, daughter of Claude and Clara (Spurlin) Thayer, was born in Belmond. She attended Belmond Schools and graduated with the Class of 1943. She then worked at Motorola in Chicago, typing instructions books for walkie-talkie Radios during WWII. She returned to Belmond and married George ‘Coonie’ Smith in August 1945 and was happily married for 55 years until his death in 2000. They raised children, Pam, Wayne and Gretchen.
Gen was mostly a stay-at- home mom, working only part time at various places and helping with Coonie’s various business ventures and also as a farm wife.
Her family was her life. She and Coonie enjoyed traveling to many events to see their children and grandchildren perform in activities. Most vacations were spent visiting family or taking fishing trips to Minnesota with family and friends. In later years they spent several winters motor homing to Texas, enjoying the sights and warm weather.
Gen was an outstanding cook and housekeeper. There was always something homemade for family or friends who stopped for morning or afternoon coffee, and for company that would come over to play cards at night. She loved to shop and would spend hours “just looking”.
Gen moved to the Belmond Community Apartments in 2005 where she remained a loyal member of the United Methodist Church, the Rebecca Circle, the Over 60’s Club, and the Senior Citizens. She had a close-knit group of friends that would meet for breakfast, go to a movie, and ensure that she got to church.
Upon declining health, Gen moved to Lincoln in 2017 to be close to family support. She always looked forward to receiving her Belmond newspaper, and she would read every word, front to back! She came to enjoy her home in Lincoln at the assisted living facility, where she died with family at her side. She enjoyed the crafts, entertainment, and sitting outside.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Coonie; stillborn son Sherman; grandson Guy Nathan Kinsey; and sisters Irene Stoffer, Alberta Middleton, half-sister Dorthea Burko.
Gen is survived by daughter Pamela (Jack) Kinsey of Farmington, MI; son Wayne (Deb) Smith of Mosely, VA.; and daughter Gretchen (James) Drake of Lincoln; grandchildren Kristine, Mattie Jane, Andrea, Elizabeth, Michael, Madison and Harrison; and 11 great-grandchildren.