Genevieve Lea, age 87 of Osakis passed away on Friday evening, September 22, 2006 at her daughter's home in Osakis, MN.
Genevieve Gibson was born on October 9, 1918 in Minneapolis, MN to William and Clara (Priesen) Gibson. She attended St. Lous Park High School and also worked at the Munsingwear factory. She was united in marriage to Roy Lea on October 1, 1938 in Hopkins, MN. They raised their family in St. Louis Park and later Coon Rapids and Genevieve worked at the Judy Toy Co. in Mpls painting wooden puzzles. Her next employment was at the Bureau of Engraving in the Graphic Arts department for over fifteen years. When they retired, the Lea's moved to Nash Waulk in northern Minnesota and after Roy's death in 1982, Genevieve moved to Osakis to be near her family. She was a member of the Osakis Lutheran Church and belonged to the VFW Auxiliary of Alexandria. She was a former 4-H member and also was involved with the Blue Bird club and the Girl Scouts.
Genevieve had many various interests but her favorite hobby was sewing. She could sew children's clothes and also made darling 'hush puppies.' If she wasn't sewing, she kept busy crocheting and knitting. The many beaded ornaments that she made will be especially dear to those who received them as gifts. Gen liked to play cards with the neighbors and did a lot of reading and word-puzzle books. She was a kind and generous mother, grandma and sister who will be lovingly remembered.
Genevieve is survived by her son, William (Adeline) Lea of Bismark, ND; a daughter, Janet (LeLand) Wilken of Osakis; 6 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren and 4 great, great grandchildren; 2 brothers, Ernest (Mary) Gibson of Golden Valley and William (Norma) Gibson of Apple Valley; 3 sisters, Norma Morse of Billings, MT, Betty Carr of Vandais Heights, Vivian Ross of Crystal and many nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a daughter, Judy Lea and a brother, Edward Gibson.