Genette Copley Martin, 83, died Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013.
Service is 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, at Brock United Methodist Church with Pastor Scott Goodfellow officiating. Interment will be at a later date at DFW National Cemetery. Galbreaith-Pickard Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Genette was born March 30, 1930, as Olive Genette Copley in Stillwater, Payne County, Oklahoma, to Irl R. Copley and Albie Eudora Miller. She did not really like the name “Olive” and so asked and hoped that people would call her by her middle name, Genette. Genette grew up with what is affectionately titled as “The Big Eight” – Isaiah, Beth, Ida, Echo, Edgar, Genette, Edith and Albert, and of course Grandma (Albie), and Granddad (Irl). As there was a big age gap in having eight children, some of these probably had already left home. But suffice it to say, the home at 1323 Lowry St. in Stillwater was not big enough to house 10 comfortably. Most of the time at least three sisters would have to sleep in a single room. This probably did not afford one to become introverted, or totally independent, but rather helped in their sense of community and working together.
Giving to her community was always a huge part of who Genette was. In 1936, during The Great Depression, Genette began to help with selling of food goods to townspeople and 5-cent candy to school kids at the family grocery store, which was at their home. There were many occasions where she helped to make sandwiches and hand them out to poor folks who needed something to eat during these difficult times. She volunteered to dozens of organizations such as United Methodist Women, Grant County Extension Services and Mimbres Valley Community development projects, serving in various capacities from secretary-treasurer to president.
Religious organizations also played a big role in community, and in Genette’s life God was always number one. Her education portrays this, graduating with a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Oklahoma A&M University in 1951. She knew she could use this to teach and direct in many Methodist choirs in the years to come. She was a Methodist Youth Caravaner in Texas and New Mexico in 1947. She worked at YMCA Conference Camp in Estes Park, Colo., in 1951. She also taught music in Fredonia, Kan., to elementary and junior high students during that same year.