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Posted: Monday, October 8, 2012 8:00 pm

Geneva F. Taylor, 92, of Winfield, passed away Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012, at William Newton Hospital in Winfield.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, at Miles Funeral Service in Winfield.

A private family interment will follow at Corzine Cemetery, near South Haven.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. The family will recieve friends from 6 to 7 p.m.

Geneva Fern Craven was born July 5, 1920, at her home near South Haven.

Her parents were Bennett and Pearl (Troutman) Craven.

In the third grade, the family moved to rural Geuda Springs, where she graduated from Geuda Springs High School in 1939.

On Jan. 21, 1943, she married Leonard Allen Smith at Wellington Courthouse in Wellington.

Geneva worked at Boeing in Wichita while Leonard was in the U.S. Army.

They moved out to a farm near Geuda Springs in 1945.

Leonard preceded her in death on Aug. 19, 1971.

Geneva worked at Oxwell in Wellington.

Geneva married Jim Taylor on Jan. 18, 1979. They resided in Belle Plaine.

He preceded her in death on Sept. 10, 1989.

Geneva moved to Walnut Towers in Winfield in 1991.

She began as a foster grandparent at Lowell Elementary School in 1992 and continued working there until 1997.

She moved to Rest Haven Nursing Home on March 22, 2011.

Her hobbies included embroidery and sewing.

She loved to visit and was friends with everyone.

She is survived by her sister, Virginia Swanson, of Arkansas City; son, Bradford K. Smith, and wife, Christy, of Derby; daughter-in-law,  Bonnie Smith, of Geuda Springs; stepson, Daniel Taylor, and wife, Sherra, of Belle Plaine; eight grandchildren; and multiple great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her son, Phillip M. Smith; granddaughter, Rhonda Smith; brothers, Russell and Neal Craven; and sister, Dorothy Walton.

A memorial has been established in Geneva's name for Millington Street Baptist Church.

Contributions may be made through the funeral home.

Arrangements are under the direction of Miles Funeral Service, Winfield.

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