Eugenie “Genie” Ruth Berbells 92, a lifelong resident of Raymond passed away Sept. 12, 2022.
Born May 31, 1930 at her grandparents’ home on Barnhart St in Raymond to Walter and Emilie (Hayes) Besonson, the oldest of four children.
She attended school in Raymond and was a proud member of the RHS Class of 1948.
Genie married Carl Tower in 1951. Their daughter, Cindy, was born in 1957. They later divorced.
In 1972, Genie and Joe Berbells were married in Reno, Nevada. They were married until he passed away in 2009.
During her working years, she was a bookkeeper for Stewart’s Food Basket and later Dick’s Food Center, among others.
After retirement, she loved to travel whenever possible.
Mom also did a lot of local community service and volunteer work. Joe and Genie were named Citizens of the Year in 1999 by the Raymond Chamber of Commerce
Survivors include her daughter, Cindy Tower Padgett (Stan Furfiord) of Raymond, grandchildren Jeff Padgett (Michelle) of Savannah, GA and Mitchell Padgett of Raymond. Step-son Jerry Berbells of Brier, WA; his children Jim Berbells, Gary Berbells and Cheryl Berbells; sisters Susie Minks (Dave) of Olympia; Cherrie Minks (Cliff) of Ocean City, brother Rich (Geri) Besonson of Tacoma and several nieces and nephews.
A private graveside service will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations in mom’s name can be made to P.O.O.L. PO Box 249 Raymond, WA 98577