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Genevieve Smith, who is affectionately called ‘Teacher Gen’, was celebrated on January 7th at Potters Zion Moravian Church as she marked her remarkable 90th birthday.
Her life’s journey, which was full of wisdom, love, and unwavering dedication, was joyfully remembered in a heartfelt service that illuminated her unyielding spirit and lifelong commitment to service.
The celebration continued with a joyful banquet hosted at Avec Amour on January 8th. The attendees shared stories and cherished moments that exemplified Genevieve’s impactful life, highlighting her steadfast dedication to education and community service.
In a testament to her unwavering commitment to education, the family extended her legacy beyond words. A generous donation of school supplies, including books, pens, crayons, markers, binder sheets, folders, bags, pens, pencils, and book bags, was made to Potters Primary School on January 9th.
This heartfelt contribution honors her dedicated service of over 40 years, nurturing young minds and fostering academic excellence.
“Granny’s impact on education and our community is immeasurable,” said J’noure Smith-Kellman, one of her many grandchildren.
“She believed in the potential of every child, tirelessly working to ensure their success, especially those with special needs.”
Smith-Kellman emphasized her grandmother’s legacy of compassion and dedication, noting that Genevieve officially fostered 63 children, but her nurturing extended far beyond, impacting countless lives throughout her lifetime.
Donald Smith, Genevieve’s firstborn son, highlighted, “This scholarship is a fitting tribute to her unwavering commitment to students’ success.”
The family announced the establishment of an annual scholarship at Potters Primary School, honoring exceptional students – the top male and female students, the most in need student, and the most improved student during the school’s upcoming graduation ceremony.
As Genevieve Smith’s life was celebrated, the community came together to honor a woman whose impact will resonate for years to come.
Her unyielding spirit, boundless love, and dedication to education and community service will continue to inspire future generations.