Genne was preceded in death by her husband, Steve Ridgway. She is survived by her brother, George Genseal, daughters; Bonny Badour and husband Ron and Sue Ridgway Trees and husband Jerry; grandsons, Steve and wife Shannon, Chris and wife Jessica, Tom and wife Sidra and Sean, and sister-in-law, Frances Lee McCullough. Genne is also survived by ten great grandchildren.
She was born in Illinois on April 25, 1923 to Dick and Bessie Genseal. After high school, she moved to Texas to work and she lived with family friends. Here she met Steve Ridgway through his sister, Frances Lee. The two women worked together in San Antonio. Genne and Steve were married in July 1946.
Times were hard just starting out. A grocery store became available in Illinois near Genne’s family. They purchased and ran it until 1950 when Steve had enough of living up north and they moved back to Verdi. Drought was plaguing the area but they made ends meet by working together. When the Ridgway family farm became available, they scraped together enough money to purchase it.
Genne was generous with her time and talents as was evidenced by her activities in her children’s school. She was a member of the Atascosa County Program Building Committee, County Fair Association and the County Historical Committee. In 1983, she was chosen as the District Soil Conservation Homemaker of the Year.
Church and faith were uppermost in her life as she served on the parish, deanery, archdiocesan, province and national levels of the Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women’s Board. In 1967 she was voted the Archdiocesan Mother of the Year.
She was a world traveler with family and friends, traveling much of what used to be the peaceful world. She enjoyed experiencing different cultures and made a picture book journal of her adventures everywhere she went. Once, she brought home fried grasshoppers.
Much to her dismay, her latter years were not nearly so active. She filled her time reading and enjoying nature. Her greatest joy came from family, friends and especially children spending time with her, not to mention Dairy Queen Blizzards.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, May 3, 2018 at Hurley Funeral Home in Pleasanton from 5 – 7 p.m. with a rosary to be recited at 7 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday, May 4, 2018 at St Andrew Catholic Church in Pleasanton at 2 p.m. Interment will follow in Tumlinson Cemetery in Leming. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at www.alz.org.
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