- Ada, Oklahoma

February 25, 2014

Geneva Eva Jean Gregory

Stonewall — Services for Geneva Eva Jean Gregory, 86, of Stonewall, are 2:00 p.m. Thursday at the Stonewall First Baptist Church, Rev. Richard Dickerson will officiate. Burial will follow at Highland Cemetery, Stonewall.

Geneva Eva Jean Gregory of Stonewall was one of 12 children who was born to Maggie Edith (McKinney) Cogburn and Archie Andy Cogburn on September 18, 1927 in Coalgate, Oklahoma.  She became a resident in heaven on February 23, 2014.  She passed away in her home with her family.

Geneva was preceded in death by her parents, three sisters, and two brothers:  Thelma (Sis) Battles, Wylmouth (Jackie) Matthews, Hazel Cogburn; Floyd Cogburn, and Archie Newt Cogburn.

Geneva is survived by her husband, Mearl A. Gregory of the home, and 4 sons and 1 daughter:   Archie Gregory and wife Sherri of Ada; Gene Gregory of Ada; Donald Gregory and wife Myra of Lake Alfred, Florida; and Ronald Gregory and wife Terri of Ada; and Mary Southerland and husband Elvin of Ada.  She is also survived by 4 sisters and 2 brothers:  Evelyn Gianfilippo and husband Don, of Oklahoma City; Maxine Morrison and husband Duane of Wichita Falls, Texas; Pherneica (Jo) Shepherd and husband Travis of Moore; Phercella (Tiny) Wells and husband Morgan of Ahloso; Clark Cogburn of Ada; and Leo Cogburn and wife Darlene of Phillips.

Mearl and Geneva have 12 grandchildren, Archie Lee Gregory Jr., James Gregory, Christy Blackburn, Kim Cosby, Shelley Bettes, Nick Gregory, Dale Gregory, Tina Gregory, Gina Riddle, Justin Southerland, Kayla Southerland, and Krista Southerland.  They have 43 great-grandchildren and 13 great-great grandchildren.

Geneva went to school in Centrahoma as a child and attended East Central University.  She worked at Case State Bank in Stonewall and Valley View Hospital in Ada.  She also owned a ceramic shop at her home.

Geneva was very active in many groups and loved to volunteer her time and talents.  She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Stonewall, where she taught a Sunday School class, and she was a member of the Pontotoc County Home Extention Club where she taught many people how to do many projects.  She worked with students in 4-H.  She was a Charter Member of the Volunteer Group for the Stone Gate Nursing Home in Stonewall.  Geneva also received the “Volunteer of the Year Award from the Chickasaw Nation”.  Geneva and Mearl spent many enjoyable years participating in the Herford Whirlers and Toe Stompers Square Dancing organizations.  Geneva enjoyed sewing, crocheting, decorating cakes, canning garden vegetables, playing games with grandchildren and great grandchildren, and going camping with the family.

Geneva and Mearl have been married for 70 years. They married October 2, 1943 in Tupelo.  During these years Mearl and Geneva loved attending BlueGrass Festivals and traveling across the United States with her family.  Family was very important to Geneva.  She worked hard to make sure that everyone had the opportunity to spend quality time together.  Mearl and Geneva hosted family reunions every summer at their home for many years.

Pall Bearers include grandsons and great-grandsons:  Archie Lee Gregory Jr., Dale Gregory, Nick Gregory, Cody Cosby, Quinton Gregory, and Justin Southerland.  Honorary Pall Bearers include all other grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Criswell Funeral Home, Ada