Geneva Smith was a natural caregiver who helped her mother raise her siblings, raised her own children and worked as a nurse, said her daughter, Mary Kauffman.
“She was nurturing, caring and a great mom,” she said. “She very much enjoyed being a nurse and taking care of others.”
Geneva Smith, 96, of Valparaiso, died April 25. After graduating Francesville High School in 1935, she became a licensed practical nurse, working for Dr. Carneal in Francesville and Little Company of Mary in San Pierre. She was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church, where she had been active in the Altar and Rosary Society. She was a member of the Pi Epsilon Alpha sorority.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Smith, in 1985. The couple had been married for 38 years.
Over the years, she had a variety of hobbies, including crocheting and doing crossword puzzles. She also enjoyed reading, especially Harlequin romance novels. She kept many journals and she also scrapbooked, her daughter said.
She also sewed and had made many of her own clothes.
She was an excellent cook and had cooked for several restaurants over the years.
She was a religious woman who believed in treating people the way she would want to be treated herself, her daughter said.
“She was always good to others and hoped people would be good in return,” she said. “She was a very loving, caring woman who always thought good things.”