Geneva Maxey McArthur
Geneva Maxey McArthur passed away Friday, March 16, 2018, surrounded by her family.
Geneva was born 97 years ago in Procter on Hazel Creek in Swain County, which is a part of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. She was one of 12 children born to Vincie and Thomas Maxey. She spent her childhood in Regal before leaving home at age
19 to pursue a career in nursing. She received her nursing degree from Fort Sanders Hospital Nursing School and later went to work at ALCOA Inc., where she met Donnell McArthur.
She and Don married in 1944, shortly before Don enlisted in the U.S. Navy. At the close of World War II, she lived for a short time in the Panama Canal Zone, where Don was stationed. They returned to Maryville after the war and began their family. They had five children, 11 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren,
all who benefited greatly from her tender love and guidance.
Maxey, as she was known by her friends, was a nurse for many years, having worked at the old Doctor’s Hospital and Blount Memorial Hospital. She was a loving and giving person, who often provided nursing assistance to those in need. She always put other’s needs ahead of her own.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Donnell; daughter, Judy Hackworth; and grandson, Curtis McArthur.
She is survived by her sister, Virginia Moore of Andrews. She also is survived by a son, Steve McArthur and wife Jan; son John McArthur and wife Polly; daughter Donna Booher and husband Bob; daughter Ruth McArthur and husband Edward; grandchildren Andrew Hackworth (Janet), Elizabeth Maxey Long (Forrest), Catherine McArthur, Grayson McArthur (Colleen), Moriah McArthur, Emma Dickerson (Will), Sarah Salerno (Jeff), Robert Booher, Mary Chad Harper (Chad Siderius), Hannah Harper (Dylan Deponte); and eight great -grandchildren, Lauren and Tyler Hackworth, George and Caroline Long, Huck and Evans Dickerson and Coleman and Eliza Grace Salerno.
She was an active member of New Providence Presbyterian Church for more than 50 years.
A memorial service celebrating Maxey’s life will be held at New Providence Presbyterian Church at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 14, 2018.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to New Providence Church, the Foothills Land Conservancy, Tomotla United Methodist Church (1223 Old Tomatla Road, Marble, NC 28905), Blount County Food Connection or Good Neighbors of Blount County.