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Genevieve McCracken

Genevieve McCracken    Genevieve McCracken, 96, passed away from her earthly dwelling on Sept. 6, in Conrad. She leaves a legacy of life, well-lived through her love of all God’s creatures and her unlimited talents so generously shared. Gen’s enormous heart was proof that the best things come in the smallest packages. She loved the Irish music particularly “My Wild Irish Rose”.
Funeral Mass was held Sept. 11, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church. Burial followed in Hillside Cemetery. Pondera Funeral Home handled the arrangements.
    Gen was born on June 12, 1911 in Fowler to Charles F. and Bridget (Sullivan) Myers. Gen with her brothers, Roland, Frank, Russell and Fred, and sisters Mary, Inez, Sarah and Lorna, were all an extremely loving and fiercely competitive family. When Gen wasn’t racing, wrestling and playing basketball with her siblings you could have found her reading and reciting narrative poetry. The family was always eager for the holiday season to enjoy the company of aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
    Gen graduated from Conrad High School in 1928 and from the Montana State Normal College, the present University of Montana Western in Dillon, in 1930. As an academic, her scholastic performance was rewarded by an honor scholarship. As an athlete, Gen’s speed and quickness resulted in many awards for her performances. Competitive on the playing field, Gen was still generous in her applause for the abilities of others. After graduation, she assumed a teaching position at a rural school east of Conrad riding eight miles by horseback each day. In the classroom, Gen had high expectations for her students. This philosophy of being the best you can be was later implemented while raising her own family.
    Gen married Tom Clark McCracken in Shelby on July 15, 1932. They shared Tom’s daughter, Joan with Mike and Blanche Moritz; and were blessed with five more children; Roy, Gary, Bruce, Rita and Ellen.
    Gen was a talented cook and used her skills to feed many work crews, neighbors, passing strangers and, of course, her own family. She welcomed everyone to share the Lord’s blessings.
    Gen’s beautifully creative mind was exhibited through her talents as an excellent seamstress, actor, and director of community plays, and her skillful strokes as a nationally certified Duncan Teacher of Ceramics. She loved her extensive flowerbeds, which brought great joy to her and others with their profusion of colors.
    Genevieve was active in the community and left her mark in many ways. She was a 4-H leader, member of the Pondera-Toole Home Demonstration Club, member of the Women of the Moose, member of the Hospital Auxiliary, member of the Cancer Society aiding in the Cancer Drive, participated in the Old Settlers, was an active supporter of the Ledger Community Hall and was an active member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church. In 1980, Gen received Western Montana College’s Outstanding Alumni award.
    A much cherished wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend, Gen will be remembered as “one of a kind” by all who knew her.
    She was preceded in death by her husband, Tom; sons Roy, Gary, and Bruce; granddaughters, Ruth Jones Hood and Laurel McCracken; great-grandsons, Casey Jones and Cody Hood; her parents and siblings and numerous other relatives.
    Survivors include Rita (Tom) Jones, Ellen (George) Nelson, and Joan McCracken; daughter in law, Nadeen McCracken, 12 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren, 3 great-great grandchildren, special sisters-in-law, Jeanne Myers and Betty Bills, and many nieces and nephews.
    A spirited Irish lady, Gen was outgoing, generous, compassionate, competitive, kind, caring, fun-loving, accepting, honest, trustworthy, friendly, open-minded and family-oriented. “You search everywhere but none can compare with our Wild Irish Rose”.
    Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association, the American Diabetes Association, or the donor’s choice.