ASHLAND – Geneva G. Morin passed away unexpectedly March 20, 2009, at Maine Medical Center, Portland. Born April 27, 1925, at Portage Lake, she was the daughter of the late Albert and Roseanna (Soucy) Garrity Sr. Geneva graduated from high school at St. Agatha Convent, Class of 1942. After graduation she worked as bookkeeper and paymaster for Great Northern Paper Co. In 1947 she married Edward J. Morin at Our Lady of the Lake Church, Portage Lake, and they began their life together in Ashland. As a couple, Geneva and Eddie established Morin & Morin, Inc., which they operated as a family lumber business for more 40 years. Geneva was an active and respected member of her community. She served on the board of directors of SAD 32 for more than 20 years. Geneva was an avid fan of Ashland athletics and remained a dedicated supporter throughout her life. A familiar face to all Ashland voters, Geneva worked the polls for nearly every election since becoming eligible to vote. In 2006 the town of Ashland selected her as the Citizen of the Year. Geneva was known for her devout faith and dedication to her church. She was a communicant of St. Mark’s Catholic Church, Ashland, and Our Lady of the Lake Church, Portage Lake, and served both churches as Eucharistic minister and lector. Geneva was a member of Our Lady of the Snows Sodality. Throughout her life she had a special devotion to St. Anne and was a member of Ladies of St. Anne, Caribou. As a young mother, she founded St. Anne Teens, a youth group formed to develop and strengthen Christian values. In addition, she was a member of St. Mary’s Prayer Group, Presque Isle. Geneva was a cherished wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, sister-in-law and friend. Of the many joys of her life, her family was paramount. Geneva is survived by her husband of 62 years, Eddie of Ashland; five daughters and two sons, Cynthia and Frank Wilcox of Columbia, S.C., Nancy and Frank Pytlak of Presque Isle, Patricia and Richard Lyons of Hampden, Mary Ellen and Michael Violette of Boise, Idaho, Mark and Alanna Morin of Williston, N.D., Anne Marie and Jesse Dodd of Grand Junction, Colo., and Peter and Nancy Morin of Scarborough. She is also survived by 21 grandchildren, Jason, Katelin and Amanda Wilcox, Emily Pytlak Rooney, Andrew, Bethany and Krystyna Pytlak; Matthew and Megan Lyons, Cory, Amy Beth and Michelle Violette, Shauna and Tara Morin, Edward, Jared, Genevieve and Jacob Dodd; Ellie, Jackie and Trevor Morin; and two great-grandsons, Jackson and Logan Wilcox. She leaves one sister, Hazel and Raymond Bushey of Portage Lake and Clermont, Fla.; one brother, Roger and Corinna Garrity of Millinocket; two dear cousins, Nancy and Harold Cyr and Mary Ann and Darey Gagnon, both of Portage Lake; many nieces and nephews. Geneva was predeceased by her parents, Albert and Rosanna Garrity; a daughter, Pamela Sue Morin; a brother, Albert Garrity Jr.; and a sister; Ruth Pelletier. A rosary will begin 6:15 p.m. with visitation 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, Portage Lake. Relatives and friends may also call at the church prior to the service 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Wednesday. A funeral Mass will be celebrated 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, at the church with the Rev. Aaron Damboise, celebrant. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Geneva G. Morin Community Service Scholarship for a graduating senior of Ashland Community High School, in care of Dr. Mark Morin, 913 3rd Ave East, Williston, ND 58801.
GENEVA G. MORIN
Posted March 22, 2009, at 6:41 p.m.