Geneva Gray Dinsmore (or Ginny as her family calls her) has been with us since February of this year and is one of the friendliest people I know. She loves to talk and make new friends and her laughter is contagious. She was born in West Virginia in 1932 and will turn 86 in August. When I asked her what she wanted to be when she was a kid she said she wasn’t a kid long enough to think about it—she was married at age 16. She said she always wanted to work and her first job was in her parents’ restaurant, Jones’s.
She said she loved her Mom and Dad and that they were good parents. She had 5 siblings—2 sisters, Jackie and Esther, and 3 brothers, Beauford, Sherman Ray, Jr., and Gorman. She said her brother Junior died overseas in the service and Gorman passed away in a car accident. Beauford and Jackie became ill and she and Esther are the only ones living at this time. When asked about a famous person that she would like to sit and talk with she said, “I can’t think of anyone famous but I would love to talk to my son Bobby one more time or my sister Jack.”
Her best childhood friend was a girl named Lois Teller and she said they just talked about everything and walked down the road together. Her favorite food is a cheeseburger with a milkshake and her favorite thing to watch on TV is gospel music and preaching. She loves reading her bible, and blue and red are her favorite colors. The most interesting place she has traveled to is Chicago, where she enjoyed working in a restaurant and being in the big city.
When asked what one thing most people don’t know about her is she said, “A lot of times I worry about everything but I never let it show because I try to laugh a lot and be joyful. The lord has been too good to me.”
Heritage Hall – Tazewell
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