Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Friday, June 28, 2013 at Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church located at 1950 125th St. NW in Rice, MN for Geneva K. Adkins "Jean", age 90, of Sauk Rapids who was called by Jesus to her Heavenly home on Sunday, June 23, 2013. Rev. Robert Trinklein will officiate and entombment will be at Hilltop Mausoleum in Sauk Rapids. Visitation will be from 4:00 – 8:00 PM Thursday and one hour prior to the services on Friday at Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church in Rice. There will be a prayer service at 4:30 PM Thursday at the church. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home of Sauk Rapids.
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Geneva was born July 1, 1922 in Russell, MN to Milett & Clara (Heebner) Bruce and lived her earlier life in Marshall MN. She married Harold Monson in 1938. They later divorced and she married Glenn D. Adkins in 1948. They lived most of their married life in Brainerd and Sauk Rapids. Geneva worked for fifteen years as a bookkeeper in the superintendent's office of the Sauk Rapids School System. In that position she was involved in payroll and facilitated the transition from manual to computerized recordkeeping. She retired in 1983. Earlier years of employment included working at Mills Fleet Farm of Brainerd, for Dr. Hughes of Brainerd, at Varner's Insurance of Saint Cloud, at the Sauk Rapids Post Office, and at Fecker's Poultry of Pipestone, MN.
Geneva volunteered at the Sauk Rapids Senior Citizens' group, North Junior High School library and the Pregnancy Resource Center of Saint Cloud. She was a member of Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church. She enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles, sewing and knitting. Geneva was a gentle, caring person who kept in touch with her family, enjoyed her beloved cat, family, and her grandchildren and great-grandchildren who affectionately called her 'Grandma-Great' or "GG". She was a child of the depression years with only her mother to care for nine children. The children took turns staying home from school to do the home chores of washing, cooking, cleaning, and gardening while her mother and the older siblings worked outside the home. Geneva always valued education and reading. She would often say, "Oh, I feel so sorry for those who don't know how to read-if you can read, you can learn anything". In her later years Geneva lived in Rice, MN with her son Rolland and Mary. In recent years she lived at Benedict Homes in Saint Cloud, Legends at Heritage Place in Sartell and Sterling House of Sauk Rapids. Also giving tender care were the personnel of Home Instead and St. Croix Medical Hospice.
Survivors include her children, Sharron (David) Robinson of Victorville, CA, Linda (Ronald) Feia of Rochester, Rolland (Mary) Adkins of Rice, Steven (Miho) Adkins of Sartell; dear friends and daughters-in-law Beverly Adkins of Waite Park and Loretta Anderson of Saint Cloud; sister Corrine Struck of Valencia, CA, ; nine grandchildren, Jackie (Andy) Rogers of Riverside CA, Jon (Patti) Robinson of Pahrump NV, Stephanie Wilson of Apple Valley CA, Kelly (Michael) Ranfranz of Rochester MN, Teri (Jeffrey) Brezee of Byron MN, Allison (Heath) Garey of Austin MN, Christopher Adkins of Lakeville MN, Robert (Naomi) Adkins of Bloomington MN, Samantha (Brian) Chan-Kai of Portland OR and fourteen great grandchildren, Dianna, Andy and Becky Rogers, David Wilhite, Kathryn, Thomas and Joshua Ranfranz, Hilary, Holly and Josie Brezee, Kevin and Cole Garey, Benjamin and Elise Chan-Kai.
Geneva was preceded in death by her parents; husband Glenn on January 30, 1997; brothers, John, Clarence & Harold "Dick"; sisters, Elaine Traxinger, Mary Maxine Van Hyfte, Ann Elvira Monson & Carolyn Mister; and grandchildren, Patrick and Jennifer Feia.
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Published in the St. Cloud Times from June 23 to June 29, 2013