Genevieve ConnerNovember 21st, 2020
Genevieve Conner, 89, of Fulton, Missouri, passed away on Tuesday, November 10, 2020, at her home surrounded by family. She was born April 28, 1931 near Guthrie, Missouri, to Waller Luther Clatterbuck and Myrtle Farmer Clatterbuck. She was married to Billy Morris Conner on September 6, 1953. Bill and Gin as everyone knew them, were delivered into this life by the same old country Doctor Rusk, out of New Bloomfield, Missouri. Except for Bill's time in the Air Force, they lived their entire lives in the Kingdom of Callaway. They were not only the best of friends, they were partners in all things, even to the end when they left this life within a few days of each other. Genevieve started 'dipping ice cream' during high school at the Central Dairy. After graduating from Fulton High School in 1949, Genevieve worked as the bookkeeper at the Fulton Implement Company where her future husband, Bill, had also worked. In August of 1952, Bill stopped in to say goodbye to the boys in the shop on his way through Denver to Langley Air Force Base in Virginia. Russell Forsee, Genevieve's boss said, "Jack, that's Bill Conner." She said, "I know who that is." Russell said, "Well, I'll give you the afternoon off to go have coffee with Bill." She agreed. Bill cancelled his date that night in Jefferson City and the rest is history as they say. Genevieve retired after 15 plus years at the Ovid Bell Press as the CFO. After Bill retired, they started an antique business named Country by Genevieve, specializing in American primitives and painted furniture. Their business took them all over this country on buying trips and participating in antique shows. They made many friends along the way and had the opportunity to do something together they both loved. They also traveled extensively outside of the antique business including five trips to Europe, one trip to the Far East and a special trip to Scotland to visit the privately owned Henderson ancestral castle and medieval church. Genevieve was beautiful both inside and out. She could decorate a home, design a garden and always looked like she came off the cover of a fashion magazine. She and Bill kept a very fine home and they generously shared their home with friends and families on many occasions, including parties, dinners and celebrations. Genevieve was a loyal friend, a wonderful mother, a loving grandmother. These few words do little to tell the story of a life that touched so many. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church in Fulton and a lifetime member of the Callaway County Historical Society. Those remaining to cherish her memory include a multitude of friends and neighbors; daughtersd Nancy Jane (Larry Womack) and Jacqulyn L. (David Cox) of Kansas City, Missouri; daughter-in-law, Sandy Conner-Shepherd (Grant Shepherd), Joplin, Missouri; grandchildren, Laura Kraus, Santa Ana, California, Austin Cox (Beckie), Ellerslie, Georgia, Gwynn Conner, Portland, Oregon, Jonathan Cox, Blue Springs, Missouri, Aaron L. Conner (Erica), Fulton, Missouri, Jordan Cox, Kansas City; great-grandson, David Duane Cox, Kansas City, Missouri; and sister, Jennie Lou (Clatterbuck) Hirschman of Jefferson City, Missouri; in addition to her beloved nieces, Janice (Ed Meldrum) and Missy (Brad Dulle), also of Jefferson City, Missouri. Genevieve was preceded in death by her son, Allen Luther Conner on June 21, 2000. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date at the Conner-Morris Cemetery located on the grounds of the Conner home. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Central Missouri Honor Flight, c/o 1400 Forum Blvd., Suite 7-A, Box 334, Columbia, MO 65203 or donations can be made online. https://www.centralmissourihonorflight.com/donate/ Condolences may be left for the family at www.maupinfuneralhome.com.