Geneva Ellen Keeton took her first breath in the big yellow farmhouse east of Ava MO on a chilly morning of September 14, 1947, daughter of Clarence and Lorene (Levan) Keeton. There in the same house, she took her final breath on the chilly morning of February 28, 2022 at the age of 74 as she gained her heavenly wings.
She was married to the love of her life, Lowell Gene McCullough of Mtn. View, MO on August 13, 1967. After seeing the United States due to education and the military, they settled back into the yellow farmhouse to raise their family and join together in a life of ministry. She deeply loved the Ozarks and the people who lived here. She walked these hills with a deep love of God who gave her strength each day. From her life came an overflow of love, ministry, and service to her community both near and far. Her work was always to help and encourage her neighbors in their time of need, and this was even reflected in her business pursuits.
Geneva was always grateful for God's many blessings. She looked forward to seeing those friends and family members who were waiting on the heaven-ward side including her beloved husband Lowell and her mother and father, a Second Mother of the Heart, Billie Logan Keeton of Ava, and her Mother in Law, Georgia McCullough of Salem Ark .
She had a fierce love for her family still remaining: daughter Genet Harris and Son in Law Gary of Springfield MO with grandchildren Ginny, Grace and Gabriella Harris; daughter Genessa Freeman and Son-in Law, Adam of Ava, MO with grandson Keeton Freeman; Sister in Laws Mary Layman and husband Charles of Cherokee Village, AR, Gail Pruitt and husband Mike of Horseshoe Bend, AR, and Deborah Bost and husband Dennie of Salem, Ark. She will also be missed by special friends and sisters and brother of the heart Joe and June Harley and Chrissy Voliva. She is especially missed by her dog Benjamin. A host of nephews, nieces, family, friends and Brothers and Sisters in Christ at Vanzant Baptist Church will miss her in their lives.
A celebration of her life will be held on Sunday, March 6, 2022 at Ava Family Funeral Home at 3:00 PM. Burial will follow in the Ava City Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Saturday March 5, 2022 at Ava Family Funeral Home from 7-8 PM.
Bill and Sherrie Coats
3/3/2022 06:48:13 pm
So very sorry for your loss. Prayers for your families.
3/3/2022 07:00:34 pm
My deepest sympathy to her dear family! She was a very special lady and I loved her dearly! May God keep you in His loving care, bless and comfort you as only He can do! Love, Hugs and Prayers!
Allen & Suzie (Grigg) Clark
3/3/2022 07:43:31 pm
So sorry for your loss. Have you all in our prayers. I remember her from school. She was a special lady.
3/3/2022 07:52:23 pm
No more sorrow No more pain!!!
3/3/2022 08:05:11 pm
Genessa, Adam, and Keeton my most sincere condolences, and prayers for Your Mother, Mother-in-Law, and Grandmother. She will be missed!
3/3/2022 08:18:02 pm
My Prayers are with you all during this sad time I always enjoyed talking with Geneva May God Bless you all during this sad time
Tom and Stephanie
3/3/2022 09:56:50 pm
We share your sadness at this time as you will miss her, but keep looking up and find gladness in your heart because Jesus said take heart he has overcome the world! Love and hugs from Tom and Stephanie
Becky (Bice) Carter
3/4/2022 12:04:58 am
Genessa, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I’m so sorry for your loss. May God comfort you during this time!!!
3/4/2022 07:08:34 pm
A beautiful flower has bloomed in God’s kingdom! May you hold onto your memories, tucking them in your heart!
Terry & Diane Coats
3/4/2022 08:09:56 pm
Sorry for your loss. She was a sweet lady and very good to our family. Prayers to you and your family Genessa.
3/5/2022 10:15:03 pm
Gennessa, our family is incredibly sorry for your loss. Geneva was always very kind and supportive through some of our family’s most difficult times when we lost our loved ones. We will be lifting you all up in prayer that God gives you the love and comfort you need in the days and weeks to come.
Iris S Durden
3/6/2022 05:21:58 pm
So sorry to hear of Geneva's passing. My fond memories of Geneva began when both of us were employees of Norwood School System. It has been a pleasure to see and talk with Geneva in the years since then. Heaven wil be sweeter because she is there!
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