Genevieve Mitchell Stagg was born on August 4, I9I8, in Provo, Utah and passed away April 12, 2012 at age 93. She was the youngest of four children born to Jesse Cleveland Mitchell and Hazel May Collins Mitchell. She grew up in Provo and graduated from Provo High. She was able to spend her adult life in Provo until 1995 when she moved to Egin, Idaho, to live with her daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Guy Kauer, and their dog, Cowboy.
Church and family meant everything to Gen, and no sacrifice was to great if she could help her family. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and loved to serve, especially in primary. She met her husband to be, Frank W Stagg, through playing softball with her sister, Ardith, on her ward Gleaner team; Frank also played a lot of softball and they spent many hours supporting each other at games. Frank was not a member of the church when they first met but soon joined and they were married in her parents home on July 23, 1937, soon after, their marriage was sealed in the Salt Lake Temple.
When World War II came, Frank was drafted into the Army. He landed on Utah Beach on D-Day and fought in Europe until the war ended there, he had orders to go on to Japan when the war ended there too. Frank received two Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart. Gen was living with her folks when an officer came to her door (by mistake) announcing the death of her husband, when the mistake was realized her relief was overwhelming but she really felt a sadness for the other family, that is a quality she never lost, caring about others.
In 1950 they were able to adopt their daughter, Mary Lou. They wanted more children but that was not to be. Each year they would go to Yellowstone for two weeks in August, always with her sister, Ardith and her family and any other family members who were able to join them. Those yearly trips were filled with memories that will last forever.
Frank and Gen served their neighbors and friends in many ways. Frank was Bishop of the Pioneer Ward and served in the West Utah Stake Presidency. While Frank was in the stake presidency Gen was privileged to prepare and serve dinner to Joseph Fielding Smith and his wife Jesse, to Harold B Lee, Bruce R McKonkie and others. Mary Lou and her cousin, Ruth were the servers. These were special memories Gen always cherished, Gen was a great cook. She has also enjoyed and excelled at embroidery work, and all labor in her yard, especially shoveling snow.
In 1969 Mary Lou went to Ricks College, it was while visiting her in December that Frank had a stroke and passed away, Gen has been a widow for the past 42 years. She has developed many endearing and enduring friendships throughout her life and has been one of the best at writing letters, though never on a computer and even though she was legally blind. In 1995 she moved in with Mary Lou and Guy and was able to continue her two hour a day phone calls with her sister, Ardith, who moved at the same time from Provo to live with her daughter Ruth, in Rexburg.
Her husband, Frank, her nephews David Mitchell and JC Bement, her son-in-law Guy Kauer and her daughter, Mary Lou, preceded Gen in death. She was at Mary’s bedside in 2008 as she suffered with a brain tumor, Gen and her niece Ruth Saunders gave 24 hour service for two months. After Mary’s death Gen moved into her niece’s home where she has spent the last four years.
Surviving her are her nieces and nephews: Ruth (Larry) Saunders of Rexburg, Colleen Bement, Dick (JaLane) Olsen, Carol Mitchell and Bob (Norma) Mitchell all of the Provo area and Clark (Pam) Mitchell of Mesquite Nevada.
Graveside services will be 12:00 noon Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at East Lawn Memorial Hills Cemetery (4800 North 650 East), Provo, UT under the direction of Berg Mortuary. The family will receive friends Sunday evening, April 15th from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Flamm Funeral Home. Condolences may be sent online to www.flammfh.com.