Genevieve Haynes

Genevieve Haynes (Scott)

Thursday, August 9th, 1923 - Thursday, March 11th, 2021
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With broken hearts and fond memories, we mourn the passing and celebrate the life of Genevieve Haynes, 97, of Madison, Wisconsin, who passed away peacefully in her home with her devoted grandson, Kelly DeCordial, by her side on Thursday, March 11, 2021. We will never forget her sharp wit, her devotion to family and the warmth of her love.
Born in Atlanta Georgia in 1923 to parents (Devore Scott & Carrie Lou Langley) determined to get their children away from the fields, Genevieve migrated to Chicago, IL with her mother and brother. There she started her own family with husbands David Wilkins and later Kelly Bell. In 1975 she married the love of her life, James Haynes, and despite his love for the city, he joined his wife and her daughters in Madison, WI in the 1980’s. While in Madison, Genevieve influenced James to join her in becoming foster parents where they became lifetime, proud parents of two more daughters.
Genevieve never wasted a moment, and found time away from cooing at babies and puppies to pursue many hobbies and cultivate an active social life. This brought her to church choir, the card table, and she was the hub for family gossip. She loved travel, nature (especially the beauty of fall color and butterflies), llamas, arts like pottery and painting, and was always ready to try something new.

Genevieve is survived by her daughters Deborah (Freddie) Rice, Nina Bell, Naomi (Joshua) Patch and Cierrena (Jacob) Haynes; her grandchildren Lewis (Theresa) Decordial, Kelly Decordial, Stephen Hawkins, Kennen (Stephanie) Hawkins, Larry (Lisa) Hawkins, Anthony (Amber) Blevins, Joseph Dupaty, Chariss (Annik) Dupaty; DeVore (Barbara Jackson) Bell, Juanita Aglah, Johnny (Terrell) Richardson and a legacy of grand, great grand, great-great grand and astoundingly, great-great-great grandchildren.

Genevieve was preceded in death by her parents; brother, DeVore Scott; husbands David Wilkins, Kelly Bell and James Haynes; daughter Beverly Blevins (Wilkins); nephew Alvin Scott; cousin William Brandon; and grandchildren Walter Ross and Doreen Shannon.

Visitation and services will occur at (location still pending) followed by procession to Forest Hill Cemetery (1 Speedway Rd, Madison) where she will be laid to rest next to her husband and daughter. Repast to follow at VFW Post 7591 (301 Cottage Grove Rd, Madison).
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