Geneva Smith, 77
Geneva (Madsen) Smith a resident of Sauk Centre/Long Prairie, passed away Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011 at the Long Prairie Memorial Hospital surrounded by friends and family in Long Prairie.
A funeral service was held at Saturday, Dec.31, 11 a.m., at the Sauk Centre High School in Sauk Centre and was attended by 260+ family and friends.
Geneva Smith was born Jan. 3, 1934, in Luck, Wis. to Wally and Caroline Madsen, the 5th of six children. When she was 12 years old, the family moved to Northern MN. While attending a Circuit Assembly in Duluth, she met Upton. They were married on Oct. 14, 1950. They moved to Texas for a year before returning to Duluth for 22 years before relocating to the Sauk Centre/Long Prairie area. They enjoyed the privilege of having four children, who Geneva worked hard at being a good mom to. She diligently strove to achieve the goals she set for herself, including being a “capable wife”, and a good mother. Through the years, she enjoyed a variety of hobbies including camping, fishing, gardening, embroidery and of course word puzzles.
Geneva dedicated her life to her heavenly father, Jehovah, on Sept. 24, 1950. In 1988 she started her full time service. Her and Upton loved their time toget-her serving Jehovah, and being with the friends in the ministry. For the past 37 years, she has loved and appreciated her spiritual family in Sauk Centre. With their help she was able to continue fulfilling her desire to pioneer.
Geneva is survived by her husband Upton, one son; Clint Smith (Karen), two daughters; Dee Schley (Ron), Wanda Ahrens (Tony), one sister; who was her best friend, Kala Lingren (Jim), three brothers: Leon Madsen, Gene Madsen and Duane Madsen (Lori), four sister-in-laws; Shirley Bader, Shirley Madsen, Ruth Smith and Marcella Smith, 12 grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Wally and little girl Caylene. She will be dearly missed by all who loved her.
The family would like to give a special thanks to the Sauk Centre congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses, EMT drivers and the Long Prairie Memorial Hospital staff.
Arrangements were made by Dingmann Funeral Home in Long Prairie.