Saturday, October 11, 2003

Geneva L. Frederick, 80, was homemaker, ex-Marine

By Chris Mayhew
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Mrs. Frederick

WALTON - Geneva L. Frederick flew the American flag every day and went to church every week. God, country and family were the credo of the Marine veteran and homemaker who died Tuesday at her home. She was 80.

Mrs. Frederick met her husband, William, in 1941, and married him in 1942. Two weeks after they married, her husband shipped out with the Army to serve in the South Pacific. Her husband died in 1999.

She had to wait until she was 21, but in 1944 Mrs. Frederick joined the Marines and learned how to perform aircraft maintenance and was stationed in California until she was discharged in 1946, said her daughter, Elaine Murray of Burlington.

"She wanted to the help with the war effort," her daughter said. "She just loved her country and wanted to do something to help out."

Murray said her mother was always proud of her time in the Marine Corps.

"She flew her flag every day," Murray said.

A longtime member of First Baptist Church of Walton, Mrs. Frederick was a singer in the choir, taught Sunday school, and taught vacation Bible school in the summers, said her daughter.

"She pretty much put God and country and family as her three top priorities," her daughter said.

Her daughter said her mother was a soprano, and loved music.

Mrs. Frederick was a substitute rural mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service in the 1960s and early 1970s.

Beginning in the late 1970s, she worked in the office of Walton doctor J.M. Huey. She retired from the doctor's office when he retired in 1989.

"She was just a very nice Christian lady, and was very faithful," said Huey.

Other survivors include a son, Stephen of Charleston, S.C; two other daughters, Marilyn Woods and Lois Goldsberry, both of Walton, and four grandchildren.

Visitation will be 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and service will be 1 p.m. today at First Baptist Church of Walton, 47 S. Main St., Walton. Burial will be in New Bethel Cemetery in Verona.

Memorials: St. Elizabeth Hospice Program, 401 E. 20th St., Covington, KY 41014-9988.


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