Genevie Allred, loving wife, mother, homemaker and farm wife, passed away surrounded by family Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014, after a rich life of 88 years.
Genevie was a lifelong resident of southern Idaho. She was born in Downey to Edgar Allen Guidinger Sr. and Margaret Jane Brown Guidinger on April 16, 1925, the youngest of nine children. Genevie attended school in Downey and after graduation worked in Salt Lake City during World War II.
Genevie came to Lorenzo to help with her older sister's children and met her husband, Paul. They married Dec. 11, 1943. They lived on their farm in Ucon and later purchased a farm in Lorenzo, where they farmed and raised their six children.
As some of the children scattered to various parts of the world, Paul and Genevie visited them in Michigan, Illinois, Maryland, Washington, D.C., Oregon, Georgia, California and England and toured portions of Western Europe. Those who remained closer to home provided the loving warmth and continuity of nearby family. Genevie's house was always the welcoming meeting place for family events.
Genevie belonged to the Rigby Community Presbyterian Church, where she was church choir director for many years and a member of Presbyterian Women. She was also active in the Friendly Neighbors Club. She had a beautiful singing voice and enjoyed music. She was also a gifted artist and seamstress and loved to travel. She met people with warmth and dignity.
Genevie and Paul bought a small motor home and drove it to Alaska, Michigan, California, Washington, D.C., and local campgrounds. Their dream of converting a bus into a camper was fulfilled when a former Trailways bus was completed. Later, it was featured as a centerfold in the magazine Bus Conversion. Their bus was a warm, loving, busy mobile focal point during family campouts. They enjoyed traveling with the Rolling Russets, the local branch of the Good Sam's Club.
Paul, Genevie's parents, all of her siblings and an infant son, Gregory, preceded Genevie in death.
Her survivors are her children, Paula (Richard C. Mehl, deceased) Allred of Kalamazoo, Mich., Kathie (Bill) Phoenix of Idaho Falls, Pamela (Wayne) Valentine of Rexburg, Daniel (Linda) Allred and James (Shelly) Allred of Rigby, and Melanie (Kevin) Wetzel of Idaho Falls; 14 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Visitation will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10, and from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Saturday prior to services, both times at Eckersell Memorial Chapel, 101 W. Main St. in Rigby. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Eckersell Memorial Chapel with interment immediately following in Annis-Little Butte Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a