Geneva Tyine Graefe
September 18, 1923 – January 10, 2021
Geneva Tyine Graefe, 97, of Midwest City went to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday, January 10, 2021. She was born September 18, 1923 to Franklin Bogard Maddox and Margaret Ruth Canterberry in Fort Cobb, Oklahoma. Her father came to Indian Territory with his family in 1900 from Dellrose, Tennessee and her mother came with her family in 1899 from Charlie, Texas. She was the last living child of 12 children in the Maddox Family. Geneva was the 8th child born of 8 boys: David, Hoyt, Raymond, Hubert, Foster, Junior, Sherrald, and Donald; and 4 girls: Stella Berna, Leota Krick, and Gale Jones. The Maddox Family farmed 40 acres near Fort Cobb. Geneva lived at home until she was 18 years old when she graduated from Washita High School. She moved to Wichita, Kansas for her first job with the National Youth Administration, a defense industry plant during World War II. She married Vernon Orville Graefe in 1949 in Oklahoma City, who preceded her in death on November 15, 1980.
Geneva was initiated into the Westwood Chapter No. 422 of the Eastern Star on December 11, 1951 where she was a perpetual member and served as a Worthy Matron in 1960. She was baptized at the Deep Creek Baptist Church in Ft. Cobb in 1937. Geneva joined the First Baptist Church of Del City in 1964, where she was a faithful member, Sunday School Officer, and sang in the choir. She rode the church bus for 50 years, ministering to numerous young children who now are leaders in the church. Geneva loved her church family that included Pastor Buddy Townsend and wife Ellen who picked her up for Wednesday and Sunday evening services. Geneva had the love of the Lord, with her faith and family being very important to her.
Geneva and Vernon owned and operated K & V Auto Supply in Midwest City, Oklahoma for 27 years. She worked for Stockton’s which later became Beachler’s IGA for 24 years; 22 of the years she was the office manager, keeping the stores books. She retired from Beachler’s in 1990. She is survived by all 3 of her children: son, Roy Graefe (wife Terry), daughter Shirley Speaks (husband J.W.), and Frank Graefe (wife Marie). She is also survived by 15 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren, and 9 great great grandchildren. She was preceded by death by 2 grand children and 1 great grandchild. Geneva will be laid to rest at Arlington Memorial Garden Cemetery on Saturday, January 16, 2021 at 2pm, where her nephew Darrell Berna will officiate. Visitation will be at Bill Eisenhour Funeral Home Northeast on Friday from 4pm to 8pm.
- Roy Graefe, Honorary Pallbearer
- Frank Graefe, Honorary Pallbearer
- Terrance Graefe, Honorary Pallbearer
- J.W. Speaks Jr., Honorary Pallbearer
- James Speaks, Honorary Pallbearer
- Ernie Whisenhunt, Honorary Pallbearer
- Greg Whisenhunt, Honorary Pallbearer
- Rodney Whisenhunt, Honorary Pallbearer
Friday, January 15, 2021
Saturday, January 16, 2021
Geneva Tyine Graefe
January 15, 2021
I'm one of those young children from First Baptist that it speaks of in the obituary. I have countless fond memories of Ms. Geneva as she was known to me and many. Numerous Bible Schools where she happily served hundreds if not thousands of kids kool-aid, her faithful participation in our choir, her unwavering prayer life, and her stories of singing with the Stamps Baxter Quartet. She was quite a lady and one of the Godliest and most faithful women that I have had the pleasure of knowing. The family is certainly in my prayers and the prayers of the church family she loved so much. We will see her again one day, and "What a Day that Will Be."
Shirley wulff Wulff
January 15, 2021
I remember Genava as always being dressed so beautifully.She was always happy.she has been greatly missed since she has not been able to come to church.after Leonard and I married she always came and visited with him.She was always welcoming to visitors.she will be missed.
January 14, 2021
Our church family has another empty place in the pew but not in our hearts. We were blessed with Geneva's presence for many long years and she hated missing church.
Her lovely smile and stylish hair and dress ( complemented
with her beautiful jewelry) has a permanent place in my mind when I think of her. She also had an onery little streak in her
And always laughed when she would bring David her delicious banana bread and tell him not to tell me! We enjoyed bringing her treats and visiting her at home where she loved telling us all about her family. She was a sweet friend and we look forward to seeing her again. Love & Prayers to all her family. David & Penny Davis
January 13, 2021
I called her Gram. I remember spending the night at her house. The evening consisted of a walk, either in neighborhood or in her yard looking at her pretty flowers and trees, supper as she called it, sometimes playing the piano, painting our fingernails, and having ice cream and cookies before bedtime. Gram had a routine on Saturday's she fixed her hair and painted her nails. She always looked so pretty with her clothes, mostly dresses, heels, and jewelry. Grandpa loved to buy her jewelry. You are my Gram forever. All my love, Karrie