Obituary: Morris, Genevieve J. “Gen”
MORRIS, Genevieve J. “Gen” (Age 75) 1937-2013 Genevieve “Gen” passed away unexpectedly on January 5, 2013 at the Spokane Valley General Hospital. She was born on March 17, 1937 to Joseph and Blanche (Caron) Bussineau in Flat Rock, Michigan (U.P.). Genevieve Joan of Arc Patrica Joanne was raised and attended school in the Escanaba area of the U.P. Gen was preceded in death by her mother and father, older sisters, Francis (George) Bougie, Margenet (John) Casey who were all from the Escanaba area, and an older brother Gerald (Sherrie) of Sterling, VA. In January, 1955, Gen married Richard Pilon of Escanaba and they had five children, Debra (Mike) Jones of Grants Pass, OR, Steven (Lori) of Lovelock, NV, David (Billie) of Blanco, TX, Michelle (Trent) Farnsworth of Anchorage, AK, and Mark (Tari) who are also of Lovelock, NV. Gen and Richard’s marriage ended in divorce. Gen met Richard “Dick” Morris at K.I. Sawyer AFB, now a decommissioned Air Force Base located in the U.P. After a three-year courtship, they were married on 27 September 1975 at Mountain Home Air Force Base, ID. Dick also had five children, Scott Morris (Davis), and John, both of Spokane, WA, Kyle (Joni) of Plano, TX, all from previous marriages, stepson Robbin Truitt (Dani) of Blanchard, ID, and Craig (Debra) of Veradale, WA. In 2005, Gen and Dick decided to take a long road trip leaving Veradale in their pickup camper. They headed for the Washington State coast where they met up with a good friend and went salmon and crab fishing and caught crab, crab and more crab. When they left the coast, they drove up to Seattle and then through Canada, enjoying crab dinners and crab salads along the way. They finally drove up to Anchorage, AK, via the Alcan Highway, to visit Michelle and her family. While there, they built a deck for Michelle, and also met a longtime friend from the U.P. After leaving Anchorage, they drove down through Edmonton, Winnipeg, Montana and South Dakota visiting family along the way. Their trip took them back to the U.P. to visit with more relatives and friends. Once leaving the U.P. they were onto Branson, MO, Little Rock, AR, Plano, TX (Dallas area) to visit Kyle and his family. From there, they drove to Albuquerque, NM, Las Vegas and Lovelock, NV to visit Steve, Mark and their families. After three months and 12,000 miles later, they arrived back home in Veradale. Gen called it their LAST HURRAH!!! It was a Great Trip. Gen loved to go to the casinos, sit at the bar and play Draw Poker and have a Busch Lite or two. Gen loved to cook. In her younger years, she used to cater for the Officers’ parties at K.I. Sawyer AFB. Gen was a great wife and mother. She will be missed by many. Gen is survived by her loving husband, Dick, of 37 years and their 10 children, 28 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren; sisters, Marcella (Jim) Casey, and Phyllis (John) King who are all from the Escanaba area; plus a host of nieces and nephews, her sister-in-law Gladys Morris of Baker, MT, and many friends. All of Gen and Dick’s children, except for Kyle, were able to come home and keep a constant bedside vigil during Gen’s last hours. We want to extend a very special thanks to Hazen and Jaeger Valley Funeral Home for handling Gen’s arrangements and cremation. We also want to extend a very, very special thank you to the Doctors, Nurses and Staff on the second and third floors at the Spokane Valley General Hospital. A memorial service will be held at the VFW Post 1435 in the Spokane Valley in mid-June 2013. Notices will be sent out.