Alice Genevieve Smith departed this world Feb. 19, 2019 to join her husband of 60 years, Winburn, in heaven. Services under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home will be held Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, at 2 p.m., at the First Baptist Church Vernon with burial following in Fargo Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday evening, Feb. 20, 2019, at the funeral home and from 1 to 2 p.m., at First Baptist Church prior to the service.
Genevieve was born Jan. 21, 1936 in Wichita Falls, Texas and was adopted at the age of four days by Willis Blair and Dorothy Genevieve (Heath) Smith of Vernon. Her paternal grandparents were early Wilbarger County settlers Charlie S. and Rosa Ella (Parks) Smith of the Fargo Community. Maternal grandparents Nathan R. and Sarah Genevieve (Cannedy) Heath owned and operated a jewelry store on the Vernon town square. The Smith family moved around the Texas panhandle working for Bell Gas. She was introduced to Winburn Lee Smith, who was working for her uncle, Leslie Smith, when she was a young teenager in Shamrock. She told her friend at that time “that is the man I’m going to marry.”
Genevieve married Winburn on Valentine’s Day 1954 in Clarendon, Texas and they settled in the Doans community where they farmed and raised cattle. She was a member of the Fargo Baptist Church and later the First Baptist Church of Vernon where she taught Youth Sunday School. She was very creative and sewed, painted, and canned much of the family’s food.
Genevieve leaves behind to celebrate her life children, Nathan and Patricia Smith, Electra; Mona Faul, Corinth; Laura Smith, Whitney; J. Grant Smith, Vernon; W. Raymond and Jeannine Smith, Fargo; and W. Lee and Kathy Smith, Troup. Grand and great-grandchildren, Nathan Smith, Vernon; Bond Smith, Flower Mound; Allen and Heather Smith, Lubbock; Madison, Landry, and Presleigh Smith, Vernon; Tisha and Bryce Moore, Vernon; Jordan Garrard, Philadelphia PA; Morgan Garrard, Norman OK; Brysan Garrard, Weatherford, OK; Sarah and Joey Harkrider, Cooper and Riley, Buda; Kelly Moore and Kyle Drury, Ayden, Electra; Noah Moore, Enid Ok; Dalene and Phil Hamer, Lucia and Wilaford Genevieve, Edmonds WA; Katy Faul, Corinth; Jennifer and Claude Baker, Whitney; Stefanie Smith and Conner, Vernon; Reagan Smith and Stevey Buschman, San Tan Valley AZ,; Clay and Autumn Smith, Altus OK; Haley Smith, Fargo; Mackenzie, Bolton and Braxton Smith, Troup. Genevieve was loved by her cousins and friends who remember her for her kindnesses and care for them.
To welcome her to heaven are grandsons Walter Payton Smith, Feb. 11, 2015, and Bartlett Edward Smith, July 24, 2011.
In her later life Genevieve was given loving and considerate care by the staff of Texoma Christian Care Center and Hospice of Wichita Falls. The family requests gifts of remembrance to the First Baptist Church of Vernon Youth or to Hospice of Wichita Falls.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sullivanfuneralhomevernon.com.