CRYSTAL LAKE – Geneva Carver Willen, 94, died Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010, at Bickford Cottage in Crystal Lake.|
She was born June 2, 1916, in Horse Cave, Ky., to Sherman and Luna Carver. On May 30, 1942, she married Kenneth A. Willen of Blue Island. They lived in Blue Island and moved to Crystal Lake in 1959.
She graduated from MacMurray College in Jacksonville in 1937 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history. She graduated from Wellesley College in Boston with a Master of Arts degree in American History. She taught at Horse Cave high school before marrying Kenneth.
She was a member of First Congregational Church of Crystal Lake, the P.E.O. Sisterhood for 50 years, and the Crystal Lake Service League. She was an avid traveler and loved collecting airline miles. She enjoyed collecting antiques, listening to classical music and the Gaithers.
Also, she was a passionate reader and patron of the Crystal Lake Public Library, and served as founding member of the Crystal Lake Public Library Foundation Board. After becoming legally blind, she continued her love of reading by listening to books on tape and CDs.
She is survived by her daughter, Barbara (Barry); and two granddaughters, Julia and Jennifer of Eppstein, Germany.
She was preceded in death by her husband.
The visitation will be from noon until the 1 p.m. memorial service Sunday, Oct. 3 at Davenport Family Funeral Home, 419 E. Terra Cotta Ave. (Route 176), Crystal Lake. There will be a luncheon after the service at the Crystal Lake Country Club, 721 Country Club Road, Crystal Lake.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Crystal Lake Public Library Foundation, 126 W. Paddock, Crystal Lake, IL 60014.
For information, call the funeral home at 815-459-3411 or visit davenportfamily.com to send a message to the family.