Geneva L. LongJune 8, 1927 ~ April 19, 2017 (age 89)
Geneva Louise (Allen) Long, 89, went to be with the Lord on April the 19th, 2017. Geneva passed quietly with her family surrounding her with the love and support she so freely gave to others all of her life. Her devotion to her family and her firm belief in God allowed her to exit this world in peace. Geneva was the child of the late Eva and Edmund Vincent Allen, born on June the 8th, 1927 in Liberty, Iowa. Being one of the ten children born to Eva and Vince, she was the last surviving sibling of the Allen family. Geneva was blessed with a large and loving family. She met the love of her life, Leland and they were joined in marriage on June the 25th, 1945. Eight children were born out of this union of sixty-six years. Geneva raised her eight children with a great abundance of patience, discipline and love. She taught them to become self-reliant, honest and do all things with excellence. She was a devoted wife, housekeeper and mother. Her life was devoted to serving others in the church, community and most importantly, her family. Geneva is survived by her children, Linda Henry of Olivet, MI, Jeanne (Russ) Johnson of Norwalk, IA, Leland (Debi Lee) of Lexington, SC, Brenda (John) Collins of Olivet, MI, Kenneth (Janet) Long of Fremont, IA and Brian (Connie) Long of Oskaloosa, IA, twenty-one grandchildren, twenty-nine great grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren, and sister-in-law Janice Long (Don) Darrah of Grinnell, IA. She is preceded in death by husband Leland Lloyd Long, her daughter Connie Medearis-Ansley, her son Donald Long and son-in-laws Olen Medaris, Ed Ansley and Gordie Henry. Geneva will be remembered fondly by her grandchildren by for her cinnamon rolls and quilting. Each grandchild received a hand-made quilt poured over with her labor of love and prayers for their future walk with Jesus. Her love for God, Jesus and Family will always be remembered by her children and grandchildren. Geneva raised many prayers for her family to serve God faithfully and wholeheartedly. Geneva was actively involved at the Chariton Bible Church for many of her early years and the Corydon Bible Church in her later years. During these times, she served in an abundance of roles including Ladies Missionary Group, pianist, Vacation Bible School and Sunday School teacher. During the winter months, Geneva and Leland would winter in McAllen, TX. During those months, Geneva would lead a group of women to provide quilts to new born babies just across the border in Mexico. Geneva also actively served at the Chariton Senior Center for many years. Her life of service to others was always preeminent in her life.