Geneva Mildred Lassiter Allen
January 3, 1927 - February 25, 2016
Geneva M. Lassiter Allen, affectionately known as Gigi by her granddaughter and great-grandchildren, passed peacefully into The Lord's Kingdom at the age of 89, on February 25, 2016 after a series of illnesses. She had recently relocated from California to her new home in Hot Springs Village, Arkansas, where in her short time there she became friends with many in her new church home, Barcelona Road Baptist Church.
She was born Geneva Mildred Hewit in Roff, Oklahoma, on January 3, 1927 to George and Ruth Mae Hewit. She grew up in and around Tulsa, and graduated from Webster High School in Tulsa. There were many others in her large family of aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. She was married to Walter Scott Lassiter in 1943 and had 31 years of happiness with him until he preceded her in death in 1975. She is survived by her two sons, Jerry Paul Lassiter and his fiancée, Billye Sharon Park, of Hot Springs Village, Arkansas and Dennis Max Lassiter and his wife, Sandy, of Nolensville, Tennessee.
Walter was an executive with Phillips Petroleum and his rapid promotions required the family to move frequently from Tulsa to Enid, OK, to Tennessee, to Arkansas, to Maryland, to New Jersey, and finally to Kansas. They formed many friendships throughout their travels and have maintained contact with each other during the years since. During those travels Geneva managed to compete in and win the Mrs. Enid contest and was a runner up in the Mrs. Oklahoma contest in 1957.
She is also survived by her only granddaughter Andrea Lassiter Kay, her husband Tim Kay, and their three beautiful children Hannah, Rachel, and Maggie who all live in Athens, Ga. Tim is a pastor who currently is serving with African Bible Colleges in Uganda and in the U.S., and Andrea teaches 2nd grade at a school for at risk inner city children.
She was married to Billy Bob Allen in 1976 and was happily married to him for 31 years until he preceded her in death in 2006. They had no children but Billy had many siblings and nephews and nieces who welcomed Geneva into their family and loved her just like she had always been their aunt and she loved them as well.
Geneva was devoted to raising her family in a Christian home and seldom worked out of the home until the boys were grown. She then became very active in various activities and boards related to her church including the Oklahoma Baptist Children's Homes.
Viewing will be 10 a.m. - 8 p.m., Tuesday, March 1, at Moore's Southlawn, 9350 E. 51st, Tulsa. Funeral service will be held 10 a.m., Wednesday March 2, at the First Baptist Church of Jenks, 11701 S. Elm St., Jenks, OK 74037. Pastor Rick Frie has graciously offered Pastor Tim Kay, Geneva's grandson-in-law, to officiate. The church will provide a meal for the family after the services. Graveside service is scheduled for 2 p.m., Wednesday, March 2, at Memorial Park, 5111 S. Memorial Drive, Tulsa, OK 74145.
Those who wish to make a donation in lieu of flowers, please make to the Oklahoma Baptist Children's Home of Owasso, 12700 E. 76th Street North, Owasso, OK 74055 or online at https://www.obhc.org/giving/donations/.
Moore's Southlawn 918-663-2233. Share memories at www.moorefuneral.com.