OBITUARY

Geneva J. Hutchinson

March 25, 1917May 4, 2022
Geneva was born in Columbia, SC on March 25,1917 and died on May 4, 2022. Her parents were Nora and Austin Jeffcoat,. She had two sisters, Gaynelle and Ginney, and a brother, Homer. After graduating from High School she married schoolmate Fulton Hutchinson. He worked in the textile industry and moved a number of times working in increasing production efficiency in a number of mills. After their daughter Ann was born they moved to Ft. Mill SC. Next they moved to Rutherfordton NC where Geneva thrived. She made life-long friends, Ethel Morman and her daughter Jane, and worked as secretary at the First United Methodist Church there. Geneva and Ann moved with Fulton to Danville, Virginia where Ann began High School. After several moves they returned to Columbia and building their house in Forrest Acres. Geneva first worked part time at Belk Department Store and finally as manager of the layaway department there. She then secured a job in Judge Lietsey’s office and then with the Richland County Tax Commission, where Tom Elliot was the Treasurer. She was indispensable there, because it was said that she was the only one who could open the safe. Geneva, Fulton and Ann joined Washington Street United Methodist Church in Columbia, where she was active in her Sunday School Class and Circle. Geneva and Fulton moved to Harbison and found other life-long friends, Doris Bailey and her daughter, Cynthia Thibault and Eleanor Lewis. After Fulton’s year-long illness and death, Geneva moved to live her final years with her daughter and son-in-law, Mickey Bell, in Irmo. Geneva was very deliberate in everything she did. She prepared meals for the family on time, with dessert planned first. She loved to dress, and shop, and loved to drive to get there. She got her hair done every Friday by Ashley Herron for over thirty years to properly attend Church on Sunday. She is survived by many cousins, and her special nephew Mike Rhodes, his wife Paula and his children Renee and Emily. Also surviving are her grandchildren Elizabeth and Craig Bell and his wife Windy and their children Ella and Anna. We wish to thank the staff and members of Washington Street UMC, the staff of Prisma Hospice, her doctor Elizabeth Lebel, the dozen or so caregivers who have allowed us to properly care for Geneva at home, and particularly our present team of Nurse Dianne Fowler, Gavert Thompson, Myrthis Thompson, and Erika and Kobie Brown who have been so faithful and caring. A graveside service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 10, 2022 in Greenlawn Memorial Park. Memorials may be sent to Washington Street United Methodist Church or the charity of your choice.

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Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Graveside Service