Geneva Johnson was born December 12th, 1948 to the union of Mary J. and Mancie Emory in Hermandale, Missouri, located in the south east part of Missouri.
Geneva was raised in Steel, Missouri and attended St. Paul and Holland School, right down the road from Hermandale. She was the fourth oldest of thirteen children, the second oldest girl. So her chores were to stay home and babysit her younger sisters and brothers, cook, clean and watch soap operas instead of working in the fields, picking and chopping cotton.
Geneva accepted God as her Savior at an early age and had the privilege of being baptized in a big ditch that looked like a river.
Her family moved to Kansas City in 1965 where she began working at several jobs; The Hilton, Glenwood Minor, and Wolf Brothers Cleaners. After she started in the work force, she would pay her little sister to watch her soap operas to keep her updated.
Geneva met and married, Roosevelt Johnson. After the death of her husband, she later met and bonded with Saul Ricks, who also preceded her death. Geneva raised three beautiful daughters, and assisted with her grandkids.
Geneva enjoyed road trips, cooking and spending time with her children, family and friends. She loved listening to her blues, dancing and having fun. She also enjoyed listening to gospel. She was such a joy to be around, telling stories and making people laugh, sometimes with only her facial expressions.
She departed this life on Wednesday, March 4, 2020. Her husband, parents, one son, three brothers, Robert, Michael and Jimmy Emory all preceded her in death.
She leaves to cherish her memory, three daughters, Patricia Johnson, Delores Johnson, and Angela Johnson; five sisters, Corine Smith, Brenda Willingham (HD), Mary Cummings, Johnnie Pearl Rogers, and Anita Johnson (Rashid); four brothers, Carnell Emory (Jean), Norvell Emory, Mancie Emory, and Marvin Roberson (Debra); one aunt; longtime friend, Freddie Smith and a host of grandkids, nephews, nieces, cousins, other relatives and friends.