Geneva Powers January 28, 1926 – April 30, 2013
Date posted: May 10, 2013
Geneva Powers, affectionately known as G.G. to her friends and family, passed away peacefully at her Beaver Creek home with her daughter and son-in-law by her side.
Geneva was born on January 28th, 1926, in Louisville, Kentucky, the oldest child of Frederic and Margaret (Harper) Goodwin. Her path in life eventually led her to Chicago where, to help support her family during the war, she went to work in a steel mill. Being that she was a “North-sider” it was inevitable that she became an avid Cubs fan, much to the chagrin of the eventual love of her life, which was a die-hard White Sox fan.
Having only met weeks before his WWII deployment, Jerry Powers met his match. At 5’2”, with striking blue eyes and blonde hair Geneva stole his heart. In what was truly a real-life love story, Geneva lit a candle every day for Jerry while he was away, and the exchanging of letters happened at nearly the same rate. They were married within 2 weeks upon his return to the states, and eventually came to settle at the family ranch near Quietus Montana.
Ultimately, they would transition to Beaver Creek near Sheridan Wyoming where they raised cattle. In due course, Geneva would become a teacher’s aide at Linden school.
She will always be remembered for her exuberant love of her family, the enjoyment she received from wildlife and the Big Horn Mountains, her artistic abilities, and the attention she paid to her yard work.
Geneva is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Susan & John Beasley of Sheridan; her brother Ace Goodwin of Otter, MT, five grandchildren, Shaun Beasley and Jeriann Jacobson (Arik) of Sheridan, Heather Vaughan (JT) of Omaha, NE, Gerald Powers of Spearfish, SD and David Powers of Belle Fourche, SD as well as six great grandchildren. Her husband Jerry, son Duane, and sister Dorothy preceded her in death.
A Celebration of G.G.’s life will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 4, at the United Methodist Church, 215 W. Works, Sheridan, with Reverend Don Derryberry officiating.
Memorials to honor G.G. may be made to the Sheridan Dog & Cat Shelter at 84 East Ridge Road, Sheridan, WY 82801.
Online condolences may be written at www.kanefuneral.com.
Kane Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements.