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GENEVA​ ​B.​ ​WILLIAMS​ ​was​ ​born​ ​to​ ​the​ ​union​ ​of​ ​Nannie​ ​Ragsdale​ ​Morgan​ ​and​ ​Jasper​ ​Russell Bridgeforth​ ​on​ ​March​ ​31,​ ​1921,​ ​in​ ​Kenbridge,​ ​VA.​ ​Her​ ​mother​ ​passed​ ​when​ ​she​ ​was​ ​still​ ​an infant​ ​and​ ​she​ ​was​ ​raised​ ​by​ ​her​ ​paternal​ ​aunts,​ ​from​ ​time​ ​to​ ​time.​ ​Her​ ​father​ ​made​ ​his​ ​home​ ​in Pleasantville,​ ​NJ.   Geneva​ ​spent​ ​her​ ​developmental​ ​years​ ​with​ ​aunts​ ​in​ ​Indiana​ ​and​ ​Virginia.​ ​She​ ​attended​ ​public schools​ ​in​ ​Indianapolis​ ​and​ ​the​ ​First​ ​Baptist​ ​Church​ ​of​ ​Indianapolis,​ ​where​ ​she​ ​was​ ​baptized​ ​at an​ ​early​ ​age.​ ​ Geneva​ ​attended​ ​G.P.​ ​Phoenix​ ​High​ ​School​ ​in​ ​Hampton,​ ​VA.​ ​She​ ​was​ ​a​ ​graduate of​ ​St.​ ​Paul​ ​Normal​ ​and​ ​Industrial​ ​School​ ​in​ ​Lawrenceville,​ ​VA,​ ​which​ ​certified​ ​her​ ​to​ ​teach.​ ​She taught​ ​school​ ​in​ ​Chatham,​ ​VA​ ​for​ ​two​ ​years.   Geneva​ ​relocated​ ​to​ ​Philadelphia​ ​during​ ​World​ ​War​ ​II,​ ​where​ ​she​ ​worked​ ​for​ ​the​ ​Philadelphia Aircraft​ ​Navy​ ​Yard​ ​until​ ​the​ ​end​ ​of​ ​the​ ​war.​ ​ On​ ​August​ ​6,​ ​1946,​ ​she​ ​married​ ​the​ ​late​ ​Arthur​ ​L. Williams,​ ​with​ ​one​ ​son,​ ​Leroy​ ​J.​ ​Williams​ ​(Deceased),​ ​Raymond​ ​F.​ ​Williams​ ​and​ ​Maria​ ​D. Williams​ ​(Deceased)​ ​were​ ​born​ ​from​ ​their​ ​union.   Geneva​ ​and​ ​Arthur​ ​joined​ ​Union​ ​Baptist​ ​Church​ ​in​ ​South​ ​Philadelphia,​ ​where​ ​the​ ​three​ ​Williams' children​ ​were​ ​baptized​ ​and​ ​Geneva​ ​served​ ​on​ ​Usher​ ​Board​ ​#2.   Later,​ ​in​ ​1960,​ ​the​ ​Williams​ ​family​ ​moved​ ​to​ ​the​ ​Overbrook​ ​section​ ​of​ ​Philadelphia​ ​and​ ​joined​ ​Mt. Carmel​ ​Baptist​ ​Church.​ ​Geneva​ ​served​ ​as​ ​recording​ ​secretary​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Ladies​ ​Auxiliary​ ​under​ ​the administration​ ​of​ ​Jacquelyn​ ​Wilcher​ ​and​ ​then​ ​Lucy​ ​Banks.​ ​She​ ​also​ ​volunteered​ ​for​ ​kitchen​ ​duty for​ ​many​ ​events​ ​and​ ​activities.    Geneva​ ​retired​ ​after​ ​30​ ​years​ ​from​ ​Oscar​ ​Mayer​ ​&​ ​Company.​ ​ As​ ​an​ ​Eastern​ ​Star,​ ​Geneva​ ​served as​ ​Past ​Worthy​ ​Matron​ ​of​ ​Henry​ ​R.​ ​Shockley,​ ​Chapter​ ​Number​ ​68.   Geneva​ ​leaves​ ​behind​ ​beloved​ ​son​, ​Dr.​ ​Raymond​ ​F.​ ​Williams​ ​Ed.​D.; one​ ​beloved​ ​grandson, Lawrence​ ​W.​ ​Tilghman​ ​III;​ ​two​ ​beloved​ ​grand​daughters​, ​Yvonda​ ​Williams​ ​and​ ​Angela​ ​Stamps;​ ​6 great​ ​grandchildren​ ​and​ ​one​ ​great,​ ​great​ ​grandchild,​ ​several​ ​nieces​ ​and​ ​nephews​ ​and​ ​a​ ​host​ ​of family​ ​and​ ​friends​ ​to​ ​cherish​ ​fond​ ​and​ ​loving​ ​memories​ ​of​ ​her. 

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