Geneva McGowan, 94-year-old resident of Woodward , died Tuesday, May 22, 2007 in Hobart. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 26, 2007 in the Billings Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Ray Blakley officiating. Burial will be in the Elmwood Cemetery under the direction of the Billings Funeral Home.

Geneva Parzell (Satterwhite) McGowan was born on Sept. 19, 1912 in Willow, Okla. in Beckham County; she was the daughter of James Gaither and Ruby Blanche (Ellison) Satterwhite. Geneva attended school at Old Porch, Highway and Retrop. On Dec. 21, 1929, Geneva was married to Emmett Frank McGowan in Sayre, Okla. They lived and farmed at Retrop, Okla. until 1941 when the family moved for a short time to Granite. In 1942, the family made their home in Sentinel where Frank worked as a farmhand and mechanic. In 1943 they moved to Richmond, Calif. to help with the war effort as shipbuilders. In 1945 the family moved back to Sentinel where Geneva was a homemaker and pulled and chopped cotton while Frank worked as a mechanic. In 1957 Geneva and Frank moved to Anton, Texas where Frank owned and operated McGowan Garage until his retirement in 1977. They continued to live in Anton until Frank’s death in April of 1998.

Geneva and Frank shared 68 wonderful years of marriage. After Frank‚s death Geneva shared the homes of each of her three children.

Geneva was a wonderful wife, mother, sister, grandma, aunt, and friend to many. She was a good Christian and loved to listen to gospel music.

She is survived by two daughters, Ruth Burton of Hobart; Carol Morris and her husband Don of Woodward; one son Donald McGowan and his wife Ruby of San Antonio, Texas; 11 grandchildren; 31 great grandchildren; 25 great great grandchildren; one great-great-great-grandchild; one brother, George Satterwhite and wife Johanne of Reading, Penn.; one sister Nettie Stocking and husband Gene of Woodward; numerous cousins, nephews, nieces, aunts, and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband; one sister Lucy Koch and her husband Ed, one son-in-law, N.J. Burton, two grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice with the funeral home accepting the contributions.

Remembrances may be shared on-line at www.billingsfuneralhomewoodward.com

Recommended for you