Genita Sue Lay, age 67, of Melrose, NM entered into the kingdom of Heaven on January 12, 2019. She was born on February 23, 1951 in Shattuck, OK to the home of William and Veda (Gonser) Foote.
Genita was a retired business teacher from Melrose and Clovis High Schools. She also taught at ENMU, Wayland Baptist University and Clovis Community College. Genita received her Bachelors and Masters degree from Eastern New Mexico University. She was a devoted member of Melrose Baptist Church. She also enjoyed traveling and spending time with her family and especially her grandkids. She will be dearly missed by all.
Preceding her death are her parents, William and Veda Foote; father-in-law, Curtis Lay; mother-in-law, Ora Lay; brother-in-law, Curtis Lay, Jr.; and brother-in-law, Gene Lay.
Genita leaves behind her husband, Johnny Lay of the home; sons, Jared (Brandi) Lay of Lubbock, TX and Jeremiah Lay of Las Cruces, NM; her daughter, Joni (Shawn) Evans of Las Cruces, NM; brother, Billy (Rhonda) Foote of Stillwater, OK; sisters, Frankie (Verle) Sheppard of Laverne, OK and Melva (Vic) Litte of Rosston, OK; and 7 grandchildren, Lee Anne Evans, John Evans, Braxton Lay, Jaxon Lay, Kara Lay, Addilyn Evans, and Jacee Lay.
Funeral services will be on Wednesday, January 16, 2019, 10:00am at the First Baptist Church in Melrose, NM. Burial will follow at the Melrose Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers are Jared Lay, Jeremiah Lay, Shawn Evans, Todd Pinnell, Dean Bruce, and Billy Foote.
The family request the memorial contributions be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or the Melrose Cemetery Fund in Genita’s honor.
I just heard of Genita Lay passing, and I am deeply saddened by your loss. May God Bless your family
Stan HewittVictoria BC,
I am sorry for your loss. Trust in God during this difficult time and he will help you heal. Please read 2Corinthians 1:3-4.
A Wiggins, NM
Johnny, my heart hurts for your loss, it is heaven's gain. She was a sweet lady and will be missed by many. Hugs.
Waunell. ShumateTemple, TX
My family and I send love and condolences to all the family. We remember all those wonderful times we gathered at your home for our dept. holiday celebrations. Genita was my rock when I started teaching at CHS- her friendship and sweet spirit always brightened my day! I rejoice with you in her home going and that she is now with our wonderful Father in Heaven. Peace and comfort!
Kathy ValunasKINGWOOD, TX
Genita was a friend in highschool always enjoyed being around her had alot of fun playing basketball she will surely be missed
Paula Ferchau WrightNorman, OK
I am sorry for your loss. Please accept my condolences.
Karen (Foote) CarterAurora, CO
Johnny and Children, What a privilege and a blessing to have known and loved Genita! We were blessed immeasurably each time we were in her presence. Her loving, sweet and kind spirit touched all who knew her. God bless you all.
Charlie, Judy and Buffy BrandonClovis, NM
Genita was such a sweet gracious soul. We have been friends since elementary school in Laverne, OK. We grew up together and shared many many fun and precious memories. Johnny, our love and prayers go out to you and your family. May your faith and precious memories help you through this difficult time.
RC and Martha DanielWeaWeatherford, OK
She was a caring teacher. A beautiful Christian lady. You'll are in our prayers.
Greg HearnClovis, NM
Genita was such a beautiful person. Her smile could light up a room. Johnny, your family is in our prayers. We are not able to be at the service today. Mark has this bug going around, and I just had knee surgery, but you are all in our prayers today.
Mark and Dee HillClovis, NM
I enjoyed seeing Genita when she came to Dr. Haynes office. She always had a smile. She gave me the most loving hugs
I love you Genita
Will miss you.
Bonnie HoyClovis, NM
Johnny & Family
There are no words at this time of your loss, just prayers for strength, peace and comfort. Genita will be missed.
Wendell & Pansy BostwickLubbock, TX
Johnny, I am sad to say that we are out of town and will not be able to attend Genita’s service. Please know that Geraldeen and I will be thinking of you, and praying for you and the family, during this difficult time.
Dwayne & Geraldeen MitchellPlainview, TX
My prayers are with you. I know Wendi was there to welcome her.
Darlene HerndonClovisMy, NM
We loved our time in Melrose and the great friendship you showed us. Genita was a special kinda friend.
Tom and loraClovis, NM
We are so sorry for your loss. Genita was a precious lady. We will not be able to attend the services but our hearts will be with you.
Judy and Ted RushMc Alister, NM
OOOOO no, she was always nice too me and I have been too her house a few times. We also went to the same church in Melrose. Condolences to your family......
Dene' HelwigEast Amherst, NY
What a beautiful Christian lady. My deepest condolences to her family. May God’s promise of life eternal and loving memories bring peace and comfort.
Judy UerlingClovis, NM
Anybody that new you was truly blessed to have you in there like I know you truly Are a blessing to me and my family I I loved are visit and I’m going to miss those sweet visits REST IN PARADISE SWEET ANGEL
A wonderful lady. So blessed to have had the opportunity to know her.
Kalen GrahnClarendon, TX
Genita was such a fun, loving, compassionate person. Her laughter and joy will rejoice in heaven. Prayers to her family.
Mary Langston Van MeterOklahoma City, OK
What a blessing Genita was to all she encountered. I shall always cherish her friendship. She made a couple of summers pretty special for her baby sister and I. She was also a very special friend to my mom. She will be missed. I pray for the peace that passes all understanding which comes from our Lord be shown to all her family whom she so loved!
Joel and Robin WoodFort Sumner, NM
Genita was our friend from elementary school on. She was such a sweet soul always happy always having fun no matter what. She was beautiful inside and out. Sending lots of love and hugs to all her family along with prayers for peace, strength and comfort.
Jimmie Linda and Ed ElamSlapout, Ok, NM
Buddy and I are heartbroken at your loss of precious Genita! So many wonderful memories but we are thrilled to have shared the trip to the East coast with her and other family. She will be so missed. We pray God's Peace on all of you
Buddy and Carolyn O'BannonBelton, TX
May you know your family is covered in love of the community and area. MaybGod Bless
Love , Becky - Boots and Marylou’s daughter
Becky (Pinkston). HageeAmarillo, TX
May you know a whole community and area want you to feel the care of all. A beloved soul entered into the Gates of Forever. God Bless .
Becky(Pinkston) HageeAmarillo, TX
Shonta PayneMelrose, NM
We shared the dinner table with you on a cruise many years ago. We kept in contact and loved the pictures you shared of your beautiful family. An amazing lady made such a wonderful impression to us both. Condolences to your family.
Lance and Bobbie HiltbrandEdmond, OK
My thoughts and prayers. Genita
Always had a smile on her face . such a lovely lady .Hugss .
Nonia SnyderBurden, KS