Genevieve Wellman passed away in Klamath Falls, Ore., on Oct. 31, 2012, with her husband at her side.
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She was born in Goodland, Kan., on Aug. 21, 1926, to Iro and Lilla Vowell. She lost her father in a blizzard at the age of 6 months and moved in 1927 to Roseburg, Ore., where her mother was employed as a primary school teacher. She attended elementary school in Roseburg and Winchester.
In 1940, they moved to Forest Grove, Ore., where she graduated from high school and attended Pacific University.
She married Eugene Wellman on Aug. 28, 1948, in McCloud, Calif., and resided in Corvallis, Ore., until moving to Klamath Falls in 1963 with her husband and two daughters.
Genevieve was active in her community, served as president of Oregon Institute of Technology Faculty Wives, involved in home extension and Klamath Yacht Club, and one of the founding members of Gallery 803. She was a gifted artist with a fervent love of nature and the outdoors. This passion was illustrated in the nature of her detailed drawings of alpine trees and high country scenes. Given a choice of a trip to the city or backpacking in the high cascades, nature always won out.
In later years, she enjoyed traveling with her husband, including trips to the United Kingdom, sailing in the Caribbean, a Kenya safari, cruising the rivers of Europe, and visiting all of the continents, except Antarctica, which she said was "too cold."
She is survived by her husband Gene; two daughters Alexandra "Lexy" Wellman of Eugene, Ore., and Victoria "Vicki" Madden of Kasilof, Alaska; and two grandchildren, Heather Pearson of Anchorage, Alaska, and Alex Elmer of Eugene.
In accordance to her wishes, no formal services will be held. A celebration of life will be scheduled at some time in the future with family and friends.
Published in Herald And News on Nov. 28, 2012