Passed Away: 2.24.22
Gennilee Kahle Abbott, 80, of Washington, UT, passed away surrounded by her adoring family on February 24, 2022, after a long, hard-fought fight against Alzheimers. Genni was born February 10, 1942, in Erie Pennsylvania, though ultimately planted her roots at the age of 16 in St. George, UT after gaining independence free of foster care.
St. George, UT, is where Genni met her eternal soulmate, Douglas Claude Abbott, at the â€œBig Hand Cafeâ€ . After a short time, Doug and Genni married on August 31, 1962, where they wasted no time on starting their very large family of 10. As a true testament to her character and Dougâ€™s patience, itâ€™s important to note that although they were busy raising 10 of their own, they also took in many others along the way, never leaving anyone in need without a hot meal to eat or a safe place to stay. She truly loved people, especially the underdogs.
Genni excelled in crafting, many times dragging her husband and grandkids to local craft-shows where she would display her hand-made jewelry, signs, and welding designs. She was exceptionally good at sewing and would often make matching outfits for her children.
In her later years, Genni looked forward the most to going on drives with her husband and spending time with her family. She would drop anything on a dime for anyone who needed it. She was selfless beyond measure, almost to a fault. No distance too far or problem too small, you could always count on her to be there.
Gennilee is survived by 8 children, 20 grandchildren, and 17 great-grandchildren.
Jeff and Jen of Scottsdale, AZ
Becky and Bryan Smethurst of St. George, UT
Chris of Salt Lake City, UT
Matt of Dutch John, UT
Genaâ€™ and Justin Tripp of St. George, UT
Nicki Abbott of St. George, UT
Emilee and Josh Faulkner of St. George, UT
Mason and Lexi of St. George, UT
She is preceded in death by her husband Douglas Abbott, her son Scott Abbott, daughter Kimberly Patterson, and grandson Kacy Abbott.
The services for Genni will be held on Saturday, March 5, 2022, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 11:00 am at 441 S 2200 E, St. George, Utah. There will be a viewing at the same chapel on Friday, March 4, 2022, at 6:00 â€" 8:00 pm and another viewing March 5, 2022, at 9:30 â€" 10:30 am, again at the same chapel.
Those who are unable to attend the services in person are welcome to watch the services live by clicking on the link below:
Arrangements are made under the direction of the Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S Bluff St, St. George, Utah, (435) 673-2454. Family and friends are invited to leave a comment on Spilsbury Mortuaryâ€™s Facebook page.