Geneva Marsh, 94, a resident of Cottage Grove Place, Cedar Rapids, died there Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013. Services: Private. Burial: Liberty Cemetery, Little Cedar, Iowa. Cedar Memorial Westside Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include three daughters, Candice (Max) Thomson of Columbia, Mo., Laurie (John) Fish of Vinton and Julie (Dan) Kuda of Cedar Rapids; five grandchildren, Adam (Andrea) Fish of Vinton, Drew (Jennie) Fish of Vinton, Jake (Samantha) Fish of Vinton, Brooke (Brian) Hrach of Friendswood, Texas, and Joanna Thomson of Cincinnati, Ohio; four great-grandchildren, Grace Fish, Allie Fish, Evan Hrach and Abigail Hrach.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, R. Kenneth Marsh; her parents; and a sister, Darlene Johnson.
Geneva was born Feb. 15, 1918, in rural Little Cedar, Iowa, the daughter of Rasmus and Ingeber Johnson. She graduated from Little Cedar High School and went on to take an executive secretarial course at Hamilton Business College in Mason City. She was employed as a medical secretary at Park Clinic, Mason City, and the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. Geneva was married to R. Kenneth Marsh on Oct. 14, 1945. They moved to Iowa City, where she was employed as a medical secretary and surgical office supervisor at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. In 1950, they moved to Cedar Rapids. In 1963, she returned to work as supervisor and later as secretary of the school census for the Cedar Rapids Community School District. She retired in 1983.
She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church for more than 50 years, during which time she served as deaconess, on the Missionary Committee for 12 years and in many other capacities.
Geneva was interested in genealogical research and published two family histories, both tracing back to the 1600s. She enjoyed reading, crocheting, sewing and crafts. At one time she enjoyed more than 100 plants, including dozens of African violets, in her home on Wilson Avenue SW.
The family would like to thank the staff at Cottage Grove Place for the compassion and wonderful care she received all these years.
Memorials may be made to Calvary Baptist Church.
Published Feb. 7, 2013 in The Gazette