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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Geneva Frances Blake, 88, a resident of rural Redfield, Kan., died Tuesday May 15, 2012, at the Mercy Health Center of Fort Scott.

She was born Oct. 3, 1923, in St. Clair County, Mo., the daughter of Charles Edward Hall and Virgie Thompson Hall.

She first married Joseph Marvin Taylor. They were divorced. She later married Kenneth W. Blake on Nov. 5, 1951, at Bentonville, Ark. He preceded her in death on May 15, 1993.

Geneva had worked for both Key Work Clothes and Western Insurance Company. She was a member of Bethel Community Church. She had served for many years with the Mercy Health Center Auxiliary and also volunteered her time for the Old Fort Genealogical Society. She enjoyed quilting.

Survivors include two sons, Marvin Taylor Sr. and wife Dorothy and Ken Blake Jr. and wife RoAnn, all of Fort Scott; three daughters, Joyce Ziegler and husband Bill, Fort Scott, Leanna Taylor, Fort Scott, and Nancy Holt and husband Kenny, Uniontown.

Also surviving is a daughter-in-law, Lucy Taylor, Wheatland, Mo.; a brother, James Hall, Ariz., and a sister, Edna Mae Mealman, Wichita, Kan.; eleven grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Richard Taylor; a grandson, Jeff Taylor; five brothers, Virgil, Edward, Lewis, Emery and Harvey Hall and a sister, Virginia McHenry.

Pastor Greg Stine will conduct funeral services at 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 18, 2012, at the Cheney Witt Memorial Chapel. Burial will follow in the Marmaton Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Cheney Witt Chapel. Memorials are suggested to the Mercy Hospital Auxiliary or the Bethel Community Church and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, P.O. Box 347, Fort Scott, Kan., 66701.

Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at cheneywitt.com.