Geneva Matthews East

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Geneva “Jenny” Matthews East

(January 7, 1942 - January 9, 2011)

Funeral Services were held on Wednesday, January 12, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. at Fountain Memorial Funeral Home in Lafayette for Mrs. Geneva M. East, 69, who passed away Sunday, January 9, 2011 at her home in Maurice.

Pastor Terrell Reed, Pastor of Amana Christian Fellowship Church in Maurice, officiated.

Mrs. East was born January 7, 1942 in Evergreen, LA and was a long-time resident of Bunkie and the Acadiana area. She was a member of Amana Christian Fellowship Church in Maurice.

Geneva was an antique dealer and enjoyed crafting jewelry and other arts as well as hunting. She was an avid shopper and did commercials in the past for Kost Cot Cosmetics, where she met several celebrities. Geneva was a survivor of pancreatic cancer for over eleven years. Most of all, Geneva was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who adored her family. She will be most deeply missed.

Mrs. East is survived by her beloved husband of 39 years, Juris East, of Maurice; seven sons, Carol Berzas of Schriever, LA, Keith Berzas of Chackbay, LA, Tony East and his wife, Paulette of Erath, Kobe East and his wife, Anita of Baton Rouge, Billy East and his wife, Cindy of Lafayette, Jerry East and his wife, “Nita” of Houston, TX, and Joey East of Lake Charles; nine grandchildren, Travis, Lauren, Paige, Madie, Lyndsay, Andrew, Shelby, Tori and Jacob; two great-grandchildren, Seth and Ayden; and one brother, Tommy Matthews and his wife, Peggy, of North Carolina.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Bill Matthews and the former Madie Descant, both of Evergreen, LA; and one grandson, Devin Michael Smith.

Pallbearers were Mrs. East’s sons, Billy East, Joey East, Jerry East, Tony East and Kobe East, and one Grandson, Travis Berzas.

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“ My Mother was a fighter, who through the grace of God, beat all odds in surviving years beyond what medical experts say that could ever be possible after her pancreatic cancer surgery performed, in 1998’. She loved her kids, grandchildren and all her many friends. We will miss her deeply, but one thing is for sure, all her pain is now over, as she rests in the protective and loving arms of God, our Father in heaven. To all her family and friends in the Avoyelles area, know that she talked of many of you kindly in her last days. She would have wanted us all to be happy as she is now. She’s finally home.”

Source:  Jan. 15, 2011