Celebration of life: June 29 in Allen Cemetery, Raymondville.

Genevieve “Genny” Carolyn (Beard) Connolly, 86, passed peacefully from this world on Feb. 14, 2019, having a body worn out from years of caring for others and fighting the injustices of the world and the dastardly villain known as Lewy Body Parkinson’s disease.

She was a “Wonder Woman” from a tribe of Pygmy-Amazons from Solo, Mo. She entered this world on Jan. 11, 1933, in Solo, Mo. The daughter of a traveling preacher and his wife, Walter Thornton and Ollie Mae (Blankenship) Beard, she grew up mainly in Texas County, Mo., with her mother, older sister, Ann Jeanette (Beard) White, and younger brother, James Walter Beard.

Genny graduated from Houston High School, Houston, Mo., in 1951 and within a couple months married her high school sweetheart, Billy Joe Connolly. To this union was born son Walter, daughter Judith “Judy” and son Paul Daniel Connolly.

They moved to Bremerton, then Tracyton, Wash., with their family to break the curse of being dirt poor, rock farmers. Bill found work at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard while Genny played the role of domestic goddess while working to help solve all the world’s problems. When her children were in grade school, Genny embarked on a career as a grocery clerk for Safeway. She worked for them for over 20 years, all the while protecting the home front from bad influences, current fads and the advent of Classic Rock music.

Her superpowers of influence and ambition spread to being Cub Scout den mother and Blue Bird leader, Pee Wee sports mother/nurse, teacher of cooking and sewing, chauffeur, role model, mother and wife, supporter of broken hearts and mender of bruises and scrapes. Genny loved the color red and was a true believer in the Spirit of Christmas and collected all things Christmas. She opened her always decorated home to the community as the Christmas House in 2007.

She was an accomplished chef and the baker of the best treats ever tasted. She loved to draw and play piano, not passing that artistic or musical ability on to her children, as the only instrument they could play was the radio but they could draw mean stick figures! She was successful in getting her children to graduate from Central Kitsap High School and to strike out on their own with spouses of their choosing.

Upon Bill retiring in 1985, Genny quickly followed suit and they packed up and moved back home to Houston, Mo., building a new home there. For the next 11 years Genny provided super hero support for Bill while they battled the vicious criminal cancer that was ravaging his body. Together they fought a gallant fight to expel the cancer from his body, but he lost that battle in 1996.

In 2002, she married Jack Wilson who unknown to either was already being ravaged by vicious evil doer cancer. She again helped Jack put up the valiant but unsuccessful fight until 2005 when Jack passed. She kept busy in her Wonder Woman persona, helping at the local food pantry, Houston High School Alumni Association, Houston Elementary School as a volunteer and an active member of her church, while caring for her mother and aunt.

In 2015, feeling worn out from years of her super hero work, she moved to Utah to live with her daughter. She was slowed in her work to bring peace and harmony to the world by various broken bones and the persistent criminal Lewy Body Disease. She continued however to take pride in giving a smile to anyone who would take it, a word of advice to any who would be in need of it and to be the super hero her family and friends always knew she was. Genny was the undisputed Skip-Bo champion of the family.

She was preceded in moving to heaven by husbands, Billy Joe Connolly and Jack Wilson; son, Paul Daniel; as well as her father, mother and brother.

She is survived by her daughter, Judy (Mike) McQuain of Provo, Utah; son, Walt (Joyce) of Bremerton, Wash.; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; sister, Jeanette of Tatum, Texas; five nieces and nephews; scores of cousins; and a boatload of friends she touched during her life.

Celebration of life services will be 11 a.m. June 29, in Allen Cemetery, Raymondville, Mo. Luncheon following at Houston Senior Center. 

In lieu of flowers, friends and family are asked to give a generous donation to the Houston High School Alumni Association, P.O. Box 304, Houston Mo., 65483.

As she was fond of saying, “It doesn’t cost you anything to be nice to everyone” and probably her favorite, “Walter Wayne (or Judith Rae)… what have I told you about doing that?!”


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