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  • Graveside Service:  11:00 a.m.  Saturday, June 14 at Rest Haven Memory Gardens, Belding

Mrs. Genevieve Varney, age 83, of Greenville, passed away early Wednesday morning, June 4, 2008 at Metron of Greenville. The daughter of Owen & Germaina (Scranton) Lillie, she was born on Dec. 14, 1924 in Gowen. On May 18, 1956, in Belding, she married Harvey Neal Varney and together they raised three children.

A devoted wife and mother, Genevieve was a skilled seamstress and worked at Jolly Kids in Belding and retired from the Chrysler Trim Plant in Lyons. She enjoyed sewing her own clothing, as well as for her family. In retirement, she and Harvey made their home in Alamogordo, New Mexico, returning to Greenville in 1999. She also enjoyed handicrafts, traveling, playing cards, and had been active at the senior centers in both Greenville and Alamogordo.

She was preceded in death her parents; her husband, Harvey N. Varney on Dec. 17, 1999; a son, Neal Harvey Varney on Aug. 20, 2006; and six brother and sisters.

Surviving are a daughter and son-in-law, Adelia & Dallas Martz of Muskegon; a son and daughter-in-law, Donald & Gloria Seabolt of Greenville; six grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; twelve great grandchildren; six step-great grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; siblings-in-law, Norma Jean & Norm Ulch of Harrison, Leonard & Ermetta Varney of Sheridan; and many nieces and nephews.

Graveside committal services will be held next Saturday, June 14, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. at Rest Haven Memory Gardens, Belding, with Pastor Ken Harger of Shiloh Community Church officiating. Honoring Genevieves wishes, cremation has taken place. Instead of flowers, contributions in her memory are suggested to Heartland Hospice. To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Mrs. Varneys online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:


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  1. Anonymous on June 4, 2008 at 12:00 am


    06/10/2008 –

    Maureen Klein

    I have so many wonderful memories of Aunt Gene.What a hard working lady that always put her family first. I loved staying at her house when I was young. Adelia and I use to walk many times to the lake to go swimming.
    I was fortunate to see Aunt Gene in Arizona when she would visit Mary Etta and John and also had a 3 hour lunch in Cadillac with her a few years ago. She will be greatly missed.

    06/06/2008 –

    Elsa (Pant) Herald

    To the family of Jean Varney, Your mother and I worked together at Chrysler. We shared many lunches and talks about our children. You were very important to your Mom and she LOVED YOU very much. May the Lord give you peace in this time of sorrow. God Bless! Elsa

    06/06/2008 –

    Mary Rausch

    Donnie, Dee, and families, I was saddened to hear of the passing of your mother. She was very nice to me and my kids when we were around. I’m certain she is happy now to be reunited with Harvey and Neal. Hope she says hi to my Josh when she gets to Heaven.

    06/05/2008 –

    Dick, Tracy & Family

    We are so sad to hear of Aunt Genes passing. We are thinking of all of you. She will be greatly missed. All the girls are finally reunited now. They are having a great time I’m sure. She was surely missing all of them too. Hugs and kisses to all of you. Love, Dick, Tracy, Wesley and Mason

    06/05/2008 –

    Linda Creasap-Lillie

    was so sorry to hear of your loss, Many memories of aunt jean when we stayed over night as kids. The one time I remember the most was going down lincoln lake road to your house and we were just about to the corner by the cherry orchard and mom and dad had given me $1.00 to take to your house and that was a lot at that time,,,anyway some how it flew out the window and I was heart broken, but later aunt jean gave me a dollar back. she was a great lady and I,ll miss her. Henry and I will be in detroit on sat. or we would come on sat. My prayers are with you and all the family. Love Linda

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