Geneva L. Bradshaw, age 92, passed away on Friday, Oct. 15, 2021, in Houston, Mo. The second oldest of nine children, Geneva was born Aug. 11, 1929, to Earl and Martha McCall. She was delivered by her Grandma Miller in a place called Brandy Weed near the Current River.
She married Lee Bradshaw on Nov. 10, 1951, in Corning, Ark. To this union, they were blessed with seven children, Darrell, Gary, Dorothy, Wayne, Rocky, Dianne and Larry. They lived in Shannon County until 1960 before moving to Lenox, Mo. In 1964, the family moved to Licking where they continued to raise their children and resided there until Geneva moved into the Houston House in 2016 where she made many friends with the residents and workers.
Geneva was a firm believer in staying home and raising her children before going back into the workforce when her youngest, Larry, went to school in 1971. She was baptized on Sept. 26, 2010, at Roby Baptist Church in Roby, Mo.
Geneva worked in the log woods with dad, stacked staves at Edgar Springs, worked at the T&C Laundry Mat, and retired at George White nursery. She and dad worked in the woods together until he passed away in 1999. Her kids, grandkids and daughter-in-law, Lorna, continued to work with her until her health failed.
She was preceded in death by husband, Lee Bradshaw; son, Gary Bradshaw; daughter, Dorothy DeWitt; brother, Cecil McCall; and sisters, Lorene Reddy, Velma Storie, Susie Martin and Marilyn Beasley.
Survivors include her children, Darrell McCall and wife Carolyn of Beulah, Mo., Wayne Bradshaw and wife Lorna of Salem, Mo., Roxanne Hildebrand and husband Harold of Plato, Mo., Dianne McCloud and husband Dave of Mountain Home, Ark., Larry Bradshaw and wife Malena of Rolla, Mo.; 15 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren; sisters, Belle Parks, Stella Parks and Vivian Goforth; brother, Merle McCall; and many nieces and nephews.
Wayne said he was the favorite son and Larry said he was. Mom loved all her kids the same and unconditionally. Everyone complimented Geneva on her kids and she was proud of each and every one of them. Geneva was a hard worker. She would work from sunup to sundown. Work in the woods then work in her garden till dark. She inflicted that pain upon her kids and grandkids. They would grumble because she rolled them out of bed before daylight. But she would say each one of them turned out to be good kids. Mom loved the big family dinners. Christmas was probably her favorite. She enjoyed watching kids and grandkids open their Christmas gifts. She also enjoyed making homemade biscuits and chicken and dumplings. You could always count on a big pot of brown beans and biscuits on the stove when you went to her house. No one ever left there hungry.
She was one of a kind. There will never be another like her. She is loved and will be missed by everyone. She loved going out to eat with her kids, shopping with her girls and going on road trips.
A funeral service is 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021, at Boone Creek Baptist Church with Pastor Brock Davis officiating. A visitation is one hour prior to the service at noon at the church. Interment follows the service in Boone Creek Cemetery. Pallbearers were Richard Bradshaw, Shannon Bradshaw, Tatem DeWitt, Trenton DeWitt, Josh Hildebrand and Kevin Jones. Online condolences may be left at www.foxfh.net. Arrangements entrusted to Fox Funeral Home.