Geneice L. Ware Obituary, 2015

WARE Geneice L went to be with our Lord on January 29 Daughter of the late George and Grace Day she was born in Harlan County Kentucky on March 9 1927 Her father was a WV coal miner and her mother stayed home to raise their three daughters Juanita Merle and our mother Geneice Mom graduated from high school in 1945 and soon after met and married our father When this marriage ended in divorce she was a single parent with three small children In order to support her family she went to work as a secretary in a small hospital in Logan WV There she taught herself medical terminology and this vocation she would proudly continue for over fifty years Following a change in administration she found herself unemployed but she didn’t let this hold her down She moved her family to Williamson WV where she worked for the pathologist at the Miners Memorial Hospital When budget cuts took that position she was determined to support her children and keep everyone together as a family so she applied for a position with the soon to open Chandler Medical Center here in Lexington Since this was before I64 she made the 6 to 7 hour drive to Lexington for an interview and she was hired to begin work the following Monday Although she had no money she found a sleeping room and after explaining her situation the landlady allowed her to stay and deferred the rent until she received her first paycheck She made friends with a coworker who told her about a small apartment and within a month she had moved all of us into a tiny apartment in Lexington Mom has always been our hero Over the years she did without many things in order for us to have necessities Then in 1979 after so many years alone she married Ray Ware a sweet and gentle man who treated her like the wonderful woman she was They enjoyed wintering in Florida where she could fish to her hearts content but sadly in 1983 she lost Ray to cancer She went back to work until macular degeneration took that away from her along with her joy of quilting However she still loved to garden and was very proud of the tomatoes she would grow and can She was without doubt one of the strongest women we will ever know She was a member of Immanual Baptist Church and especially enjoyed her Sunday School class Left to mourn her passing are her three children Sharon Walter Gill Connie Bobby Stephens and Ronnie Salmons four grandchildren John and Walt Gill Louie Stephens and Rhonda Salmons Murphy eight great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews In addition to these she is also survived by her very special granddaughter Amy Perkins and special son Glenn Davis Having to let her go has to be one of the hardest things we have ever had to do but the reunion in Heaven must have been magnificent A memorial is planned for the spring when the sun is shining and flowers are in bloom A special thank you to nurses Kelli Genise and Candie at the Hospice Care Center If anyone wishes a donation in her memory may be made to Hospice

Source:  Lexington Herald-Leader (KY) – Sunday, February 8, 2015


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