Genevieve Carlisle Easley, 97, formerly of Cocoa Beach, FL, passed away peacefully in Orange Park, Florida, at noon on Good Friday, April 19, 2019. She was born on August 23, 1921 in Memphis, TN to William Harry Carlisle and Anne Melinda Jeffries Carlisle.
Genevieve was a graduate of Humes High School in Memphis. She attended Gulf Park College for Woman, Northwestern University and the University of Hawaii, where she earned a BA in speech. She later earned a masters degree in education from the University of Southern California. She was a first grade teacher. She married her childhood sweetheart, Richard Kemp Easley, a career USAF pilot. They shared 58 years together. She enjoyed the frequent moves of a military life, especially the tours in Virginia, Hawaii and Germany. While in Virginia she was a docent at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, conducting art tours for local school children. When stationed in Fort Walton Beach, FL, she received the Eglin Air Force Base “military wife of the year” award. Their final assignment was in Cocoa Beach, where they retired.
Genevieve was a loyal member of Pi Beta Phi fraternity, and was active as an alumna throughout her life, holding several local and regional offices. She assisted in establishing the Pi Beta Phi chapter at the University of Central Florida, where the chapter created a “Gena Easley Spirit Award” in her honor. In 2016 she was proud to receive her 75 year diamond anniversary Phi Phi award.
Genevieve “Gena” was an extraordinary woman, a devout Christian and loving mother, grandmother and wife. She always had a smile and a hug for everyone she met. She was dearly loved and is already greatly missed.
Genevieve was predeceased by her parents and her beloved husband of 58 year. She is survived by her three daughters, Anne Smith (Ray), Genevieve “Cay” Gasque and Melinda Chasteen (Jeff); grandchildren, Rachel, Cameron, Michael and Matthew; great- grandchildren, Charley, Alice and Cleo. She will be buried in Memphis, at Forest Hill Funeral Home and Memorial Park- Midtown, 1661 Elvis Presley Park, Memphis, Tennessee 38106. Memorial made be made to the charity of your choice.
Services entrusted to Aaron and Burney Bivens Funeral Home.