NEWBY, Geneva A. (Anderson)
Funeral for former Lawton resident Geneva Aline Anderson Newby, 92, will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Lawton Heights United Methodist Church with retired chaplain Col. Jack N. Anderson, Frederick, Md., and the Rev. Michelle D. McCarty, pastor, officiating. Mrs. Newby died Friday, Feb. 10, 2012, in Tulsa.
Burial will be in the Letitia Cemetery, east of Lawton, under the direction of the Becker Funeral Home & Cremation Service.
She was born Dec. 5, 1919, in Union City to Jesse G. and Odessa Garrett Anderson and was very proud to be a preacher’s daughter and serve several communities in Oklahoma with her parents. She graduated from Sterling High School in 1938. While in high school, she and her sister Elizabeth were Oklahoma State Tennis Pairs Champions. She graduated from Cameron College in 1940 and went on to graduate from the Oklahoma College for Women in Chickasha in 1942. She taught English and typing at Chattanooga and Indiahoma before marrying her high school sweetheart, Jesse Ray Newby, June 6, 1943.
She was a dedicated homemaker and very happy to be a fireman’s wife. They were married 67 years before he died May 1, 2010. She was a beloved wife and mother and adored by her children and grandchildren. Gammies dry sense of humor was also enjoyed by her great-grandchildren. They nicknamed her the funniest grandmother ever, and she doesn't even know it. Her family was extremely important to her. She rarely missed a football game, baseball game, wrestling match, musical or dance recital. She was her childrens and grandchildrens biggest supporter. And while always mild-mannered and kind, we could always hear her cheering us on over everyone else. She loved unconditionally.
Survivors include her children: Jess Richard Newby, Walnut Cove, N.C.; Aline Newby Dillahunty and son-in-law Jimmy G. Dillahunty, Tulsa; John Dean Newby and daughter-in-law Pam Rhoads Newby, Oklahoma City and Tommy Dale Newby, Oklahoma City; 13 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren and one great great-granddaughter. She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother; two sisters and daughter-in-law, Cindy A. Newby. Friends may call from 6 until 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.