Genevieve Engel Adair reached her goal of 90 years, and then breathed her last on Saturday, the 12th of April 2014, in Houston.|
Gen found joyful contentment in almost everything, especially in devoting herself to her friends, to her family, and to God. At her death, she lay in her home surrounded by the prayers and presence of those blessed by her, her son at her side.
She was born on the 30th of April 1923, the only child of Eddie August and Vivienne Garnett Engel, of Asherton, Texas. Although Gen only ever dreamed of being a cowboy and riding her horse while growing up on the Mexican border, travel with parents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends led her to want to know more about the world, and to find her place in it; at her end, she found that place in God.
She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin, moving to Houston at the end of WWII. She started work at Humble Oil (now ExxonMobil) and served as secretary to General Attorney Dillard Baker in the Legal Department.
Gen married Kelly B Adair, Jr., on the 20th of April 1963, in Uvalde, after they had dated on and off for 17 years. She and Kelly danced, travelled, bowled, and then had a son when she was 43. Gen retired after 30 years at Exxon and poured herself into her family. She cared for Kelly for many years as his heart wore out.
Gen's trust in Jesus Christ was the foundation of her life. When she started work at the old Humble Building in 1943, she walked one block down Main Street to join First Methodist Church. She served anywhere a helping hand was needed - in the kitchen, at the food pantry, or on the administrative board. When she married Kelly, he joined her church. Many of their best shared memories, especially in later years, sprang from relationships formed at First United Methodist Church. The church honored her in 2012 as "A loving daughter, wife, mother, and a woman after God's own heart - faithful member for more than 67 years. Prov 31:30." The church's prayer garden is to be dedicated and maintained in memory of Gen and Kelly Adair as an oasis of peace on Main Street in busy downtown Houston - in the very place where they both worked and worshipped.
She is survived by her son, Kevin Engel Adair and his wife Tamsin Simmill, of Durham, North Carolina; and by her nephews; her niece; cousins; and dear friends.
The family would like to thank those who gave of themselves so completely to care for Gen in her last five years, and to Vitas Hospice who supported Gen and everyone around her in her last 5 months.
Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family from five o'clock in the afternoon until seven o'clock in the evening on Friday, the 25th of April, in the library and grand foyer of Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, 1010 Bering Drive in Houston.
The funeral service is to be conducted at half-past two o'clock in the afternoon on Saturday, the 26th of April, at First United Methodist Church, 1320 Main Street in Houston, where Dr. Stephen P. Wende, Sr. Pastor, is to officiate. Immediately following the service, all are invited to greet the family during a reception in the narthex of the church.
The interment is to follow, via an escorted cortege, at Memorial Oaks Cemetery in Houston.
In lieu of customary remembrances, the family requests with gratitude to please consider a donation to the "Prayer Garden of First United Methodist Church Houston, Downtown" 1320 Main St, Houston, TX 77002 (described above), or to the
Published in Houston Chronicle on Apr. 20, 2014