Genita Sue Lay
February 23, 1951  -  January 12, 2019

Genita Sue Lay

Funeral Service
First Baptist Church
102 Wisconsin
Melrose, NM  88124
Wednesday, January 16, 2019
10:00 am
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Melrose Cemetery
Center St.
Melrose, NM  88124
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Alzheimers Association of New Mexico
404 1/2 N Kentucky Ave
Roswell, NM  88201

Melrose Cemetery Association
340 N 8th
Melrose, NM  88124

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.


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  1. Stan Hewitt
    Victoria BC,

    I just heard of Genita Lay passing, and I am deeply saddened by your loss. May God Bless your family

  2. A Wiggins
    , NM

    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.

  3. Waunell. Shumate
    Temple, TX

    Johnny, my heart hurts for your loss, it is heaven's gain. She was a sweet lady and will be missed by many. Hugs.

  4. Kathy Valunas

    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!

  5. Paula Ferchau Wright
    Norman, OK

    Genita was a friend in highschool always enjoyed being around her had alot of fun playing basketball she will surely be missed

  6. Karen (Foote) Carter
    Aurora, CO

    I am sorry for your loss. Please accept my condolences.

  7. Charlie, Judy and Buffy Brandon
    Clovis, NM

    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.

  8. RC and Martha Daniel
    WeaWeatherford, OK

    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.

  9. Greg Hearn
    Clovis, NM

    She was a caring teacher. A beautiful Christian lady. You'll are in our prayers.

  10. Mark and Dee Hill
    Clovis, 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.

  11. Bonnie Hoy
    Clovis, 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.

  12. Wendell & Pansy Bostwick
    Lubbock, TX

    Johnny & Family
    There are no words at this time of your loss, just prayers for strength, peace and comfort. Genita will be missed.

  13. Dwayne & Geraldeen Mitchell
    Plainview, 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.

  14. Darlene Herndon
    ClovisMy, NM

    My prayers are with you. I know Wendi was there to welcome her.

  15. Tom and lora
    Clovis, NM

    We loved our time in Melrose and the great friendship you showed us. Genita was a special kinda friend.

  16. Judy and Ted Rush
    Mc Alister, 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.

  17. Dene' Helwig
    East Amherst, NY

    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......

  18. Judy Uerling
    Clovis, NM

    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.

  19. Amy
    Melrose, 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

  20. Kalen Grahn
    Clarendon, TX

    A wonderful lady. So blessed to have had the opportunity to know her.

  21. Mary Langston Van Meter
    Oklahoma City, OK

    Genita was such a fun, loving, compassionate person. Her laughter and joy will rejoice in heaven. Prayers to her family.

  22. Joel and Robin Wood
    Fort Sumner, NM

    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!

  23. Jimmie Linda and Ed Elam
    Slapout, Ok, 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.

  24. Buddy and Carolyn O'Bannon
    Belton, TX

    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

  25. Becky (Pinkston). Hagee
    Amarillo, TX

    May you know your family is covered in love of the community and area. MaybGod Bless
    Love , Becky - Boots and Marylou’s daughter

  26. Becky(Pinkston) Hagee
    Amarillo, 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 .

  27. Shonta Payne
    Melrose, NM

  28. Lance and Bobbie Hiltbrand
    Edmond, OK

    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.

  29. Nonia Snyder
    Burden, KS

    My thoughts and prayers. Genita
    Always had a smile on her face . such a lovely lady .Hugss .

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