Genevieve C. Wild, beloved wife of Edmund C. Wild, passed away peacefully in Durham, North Carolina on Saturday, November 27, 2021 at the age of 90. She was born in Port Jervis, New York to William Frederick Carr and Emily Smith Carr. Geney married Edmund on January 11, 1953 and they were married for over 68-years, while living in New York, California, Utah, and North Carolina.
Geney graduated from Charles E. Groton High School in Yonkers, New York. She received a Bachelors degree (New Paltz, New York 1952) and a Masters degree (Potsdam, New York 1955) in elementary education from SUNY - The State University of New York.
Geney taught kindergarten at Goshen Elementary School in New York from 1952 to 1954 and at SUNY-Potsdam Elementary School from 1954 to 1955. She served as Assistant Professor of Education at SUNY-Potsdam from 1955 to 1958.
While living in Salt Lake City, in the 1970s, Geney volunteered as a lobbyist for the Utah Parent Teacher Association. The tireless efforts of Geney and her colleagues resulted in the passage of laws requiring sidewalks near elementary schools and the mandatory use of child safety seats. In 1976, Governor Calvin L. Rampton appointed Geney to be the Utah representative for the National Association of Women Highway Safety Leaders.
Geney worked for the Utah Department of Transportation in the area of highway safety from 1980 to 1984 and continued to promote the use of child safety seats. She was recognized for her work with awards from Utah Highway Safety, KSL Radio and Television, and the Western Insurance Information Service.
Geney was a women of strong faith and an active member of the Christ United Methodist Church in Salt Lake City, serving on the church board, singing in the choir, and teaching kindergarten Sunday School.
Geney is survived by her husband Edmund, daughter Jennifer Payne (Thomas Jeffery), son Edwin Wild (Kelly) and grandchildren Sean Wild and Audrey Wild. She is also survived by her brothers William Carr (Louise) and Richard Carr (Tena). Geney was predeceased by her sisters Laura Juhlin (Gustave) and Joan Carr.
The family would like to thank Duke University Hospital in Durham, North Carolina for the loving and compassionate care they provided to Geney.
Funeral service will be held on Friday, December 17, 2021 at 11:00 am at the Christ United Methodist Church, 2375 E. 3300 S., Salt Lake City, Utah. A viewing will be held prior to the service at the church from 10:00 am to 11:00 am. Geney will be laid to rest at the Utah Veterans Cemetery. Face masks and social distancing are required.
For those unable to attend in person the funeral will be live-streamed at: www.HolbrookMortuary.com. To watch the funeral scroll to the bottom of Genevieve’s obituary page on the Holbrook Mortuary website on the day of the funeral, the live-stream will remain available to watch for 90 days.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or the charity of your choice.