Genevieve Harrell Hauck
The last of the southern belles has said goodbye. Genevieve Harrell Hauck passed from this earth early on a Monday morning, November 15, 2021. But before she left she cast a light that still shines in America from coast to coast.
Genny was born poor in rural Grantham Count, North Carolina March 18, 1933. Her mother was only 15 years older than Genny. They should have really been friends, not family. But they grew close. From the union of Ernest and Ruth Jernigan Harrell came three other children, all boys, Kenneth, Eugene and James.
Her family traveled around the south a great deal, living in various locations in Florida and Louisiana. It was during high school at Metairie (LA) High that she met her future Husband, Albert Elwell Hauck, Jr. She was a cheerleader – petite; popular; pretty. He was captain of the football team.
They married in 1953 before Al shipped off to serve his country in Germany. Genny, always up for an adventure, traveled by ship to join him where there first son, Steve, was born in 1955.
In 1956 they returned to New Orleans where Al went to work for various finance companies, and for a while, studied at Tulane to be a geologist. Genny worked at Southern Bell but the kids were coming fast now. Leslie Ann was born in December 1957 and Douglas Mitchell showed up in November of 1958.
Husband Al seemed to find himself in the finance world, moving up the ladder and in 1963 took the family to Memphis to become branch manager at The Associates. By then, two more children helped round out the chorus – Richard Clark was born in 1962 and Amy Lynn in 1963. But Mother Ruth had passed away from cancer in 1960. She was only 43. Genny was 27.
Genny kept it all together managing the kids and the household. In 1965 the family moved to Wichita as Al took a leadership role at a regional finance company. His office was downtown and in 1966 the family moved to fabulous Country Acres on Wichita’s west side. But Genny’s father Ernest died that same year while working in Vietnam.
Genny relished culture – pretty things, French provincial, art history. She studied ceramics and took painting classes. She made friends easily because of her wit and bravery based on all the things she had dealt with growing up.
As the kids grew, Genny looked to get out of the house. She took a job at a department store and enjoyed it. In 1974 the family moved to Denver when Al was transferred as Branch Manager of Allis Chalmers Credit Corporation. The family stayed there until 1984 when Al was transferred to Kansas City.
Only Amy and Rich were still in school by then so Genny got her real estate license to stay busy and feed her entrepreneurial spirit.
After Al left Allis Chalmers, the empty nesters moved back to Louisiana for a short while until Al succumbed to cancer. Genny moved to Wichita and worked in retail for her daughter-in-law. In 2000 she moved back to Kansas City to be close to her daughter Amy, and continued to work in retail at Dillards for a number of years until finally retiring in her 70’s.
Genny was preceded in death by her husband Al, daughter Leslie and son Rich. She leaves behind three children, Steven, Douglas and daughter Amy Crippen, as well as brother, James Harrell. There are five grandchildren and one great-grand child.
Even during her final days, Genny shared grace, wit, compassion with all her caregivers and family. Despite the many sad moments in her life she always dignified and proper, seldom sharing her grief. But you always knew she cared. She remains the “Last of the Southern Belles”.
The family would also like to thank the staff of the Gardens at Barry Road for their herculean efforts in her final days.
Please consider a donation to Ascend Hospice (www.ascendhealth.com) for their outstanding care and compassion.