Genevieve “Gen” Irving passed away Nov. 18, 2010, at her granddaughter’s home in Portland, Ore.
Gen was born to Sidney and Naomi Woodward in Cascade Locks, Ore., on Jan. 8, 1923. She was a beautiful child and woman with black hair and blue eyes. Gen was one-fourth Native American, part of the Wyem Tribe. Gen was proud of her ancestry and her family.
In 1936 when President Roosevelt dedicated the Bonneville Dam, Gen was selected to present flowers to the president and his wife. It was a highlight of her young life. She attended school at Bonneville Elementary and Cascade Locks High School.
In 1941 she married Bo Jenkins and they had two children, Janet and Chester.
After the war Gen met the love of her life, William “Mont” L. Irving. She and Mont were married May 19, 1947. They had two daughters, Sherilyn and Elizabeth. Mont passed away Jan. 27 of this year.
Gen was a good seamstress and loved making clothes for her children. She sold Avon and TupperWare when the children were young as well as working as a waitress, a dry cleaner, and teaching dance and roller skating. She enjoyed cooking, baking, camping, fishing, hunting, gardening and being with her grandchildren.
Gen loved her family and spending time with family and friends was very important to her. She and Mont were very active with the “Cooties,” a branch of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Gen was a proud member of the VFW ladies Auxiliary of Cooties.
A celebration of Gen’s life is planned for 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, at Anderson’s Tribute Center (Funerals, Receptions, Cremations), 1401 Belmont Ave., Hood River, OR 97031; 541-386-1000. Please visit www.andersonstributecenter.com to leave a note of condolence for family.
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