Gene Yeoman Heptinstall|
Smithfield - Gene (named after her Grandfather Eugene), was born March 25, 1915, and died at home two days short of age 98, on March 23, 2013. Her early years were spent at Mogart's Beach, in Florida, and on a dairy farm just outside Smithfield. After graduating from The State Teachers College in Harrisonburg, Virginia in 1935, Gene began her career as a teacher at Isle of Wight Courthouse. She later married and taught second grade in Smithfield for many years.
She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, its United Methodist Women's group, the Susanna Wesley Sunday School class and the Smithfield Women's Club. Gene's friendliness and humor earned her many lifelong friends. She is fondly remembered by her many students, was a talented crafter of needle point and was a great cook. Above all, she was the "rock solid center of her family".
Preceded in death by her beloved son, Jamie, and later by her husband of 70 years, James O. "Heppy" Heptinstall, Sr., Gene leaves to mourn her passing her daughter, Margaret Heptinstall Harris, and her husband, Robert "Bob" Harris; his children, Dan Harris and wife, Jeanne, of Manassas, VA and Renee McCabe and husband, Dan, of Augusta, GA; great grandchildren, Sean and Anna McCabe; a special niece, Virginia Ross Yeoman, and longtime caregiver and friend, Francine Tillery.
In her later years, Gene received loving care from many dedicated doctors, caregivers and medical staff. During her final difficult days at home, Debbie Boyd of Riverside Hospice provided the best care to both Gene and her family. Words cannot express the family's gratitude to Debbie, Barbara, Bea, Myrtle, and Sherry.
A funeral service will be conducted 11 am, Tuesday, March 26, at Trinity United Methodist Church, with Rev. Jeff Cannon, Rev. Joe Savinsky and Rev. Will Montgomery, followed by a luncheon in the church's Family Activity Center. Interment will follow at 2:00 pm in St. Luke's Memorial Park. Family and friends will gather 6 to 7:30 pm, Monday, March 25, for visitation in Colonial Funeral Home.
The family suggests memorial contributions to Trinity United Methodist Church Building Fund, 201 Cedar Street, Smithfield, VA 23430, or to a
Arrangements are in the care of Colonial Funeral Home, Smithfield
Published in The Virginian Pilot on Mar. 25, 2013