Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes

900 East Michigan Ave, Lansing, MI


Geneva Arlene Speas

August 5, 1929January 30, 2020

Geneva Arlene Speas, age 90, passed away on Thursday, January 30, 2020. Geneva was on born August 5, 1929 in Portland, Michigan to John and Wilma York.

Geneva was preceded in death by her husband Rev. Joseph Speas in 2002, son Paul Speas, daughter Shirley Wilson, brothers Bernard York, John Rodney York, and grandchildren Shannon and Kirk Wilson.

Surviving are her son Stephen (Debra) Speas, step-son George (Nadine) Speas, step-daughters Eileen (Kenneth "Red") McIntyre, Sharon (Mark) Engle, Valerie (Ernie) Morgan, grandchildren Chelsea and Brandea Speas, their mother Joy Speas as well as numerous step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Also surviving are brother Ronald (Janiece) York, sister-in-law Frances York and many nieces and nephews.

Geneva will be remembered for her loving and giving spirit. She was an accomplished pianist and organist in the area assisting with weddings, funerals and camp meetings. She ministered to countless people throughout the years through her music. She worked for 26 years at Diamond Reo Trucking company and was very proud of her 21 years at MSU as a secretary to the Dean, and five professors in the College of Education. Geneva was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend to many. She loved the Lord and serving Jesus Christ. She will truly be missed.

Please join her family for Visitation from 10:00 to 11:00 am on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at South Church of the Nazarene (401 W. Holmes Rd., Lansing, Michigan 48910) where her Funeral Services will begin at 11:00 am. A luncheon will follow. Private Interment in East Sebewa Cemetery, Sunfield, Michigan.

Memorial Contributions may be made in memory of Geneva to the Kentucky Mountain Bible College (855 Hwy 541, Jackson, Kentucky, 41339) or by visiting https://my.simplegive.com/App/Giving/kmbc


  • Visitation Wednesday, February 5, 2020
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, February 5, 2020


Geneva Arlene Speas

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Kay Jack

February 4, 2020

Condolences on the loss of Aunt Geneva! My family had so many great visits in your home, and loved when she came and stayed in my home for her last visit. We were always wonderful friends! And that will continue forever with Stephen! Love you Stephen and LaRayne, Heather and I will always be here for you!

Daryl Burt

February 2, 2020

Stephen.........your mom was a special to so many. She will be remembered for her kindness, her music, her love for God. May you find comfort and peace knowing you will see her again as you finish your race. Love you........

Doris Whitman

February 2, 2020

I always enjoyed going to Geneva's house talking about current things happening & walking down memory lane with her. Our visits always ended in holding hands & praying which I will miss greatly. Thanks for sharing your delicious strawberry jam & teaching me how to make it. Enjoy your eternal reward for a job well done.

Harold. ( Jake ) Kerby

February 1, 2020

Stephen and family, I know your sorrow is great and I send to you my Prayers and condolences.
To my good friend Geneva I know that you have already been in the arms of our Lord and have been greeted by Pat and Joe and you are no doubt enjoying the music of the many friends that passed before you. Tell Uncle Joe that I remember his promise and “I’ll see you both on the other side”. Loved you Both.

Ina Strait

February 1, 2020

What tremendous memories I have of Geneva! It was such a joy to play the piano with her. Especially at Camp Meeting! We always had fun and loved it!!! You will always be remembered.

Carol Self

January 31, 2020

Joe and Geneva Speas both were such wonderful blessings to my husband Woody and me during Woody's tenure at Woodview Church of the Nazarene as Music and Youth Pastor. They supported us 100%.

I loved to hear Geneva play the organ there.

Geneva was also a tremendous support to Woody while he was earning his doctorate in the Department of Education at MSU. She was a real "God Send" during that time.

My favorite memories are the times that our family went to their home and had vanilla ice cream with fresh strawberries or they came over to our house for pizza.

Geneva, you will be missed, but I know where you are and I rejoice that you and Joe are together again. In fact, I'm wondering if you're both enjoying some strawberries and ice cream or pizza together. We will see you again someday. Save some for us!