Genevieve “Jennie” May (Childers) Hale, 86, of Tatesville went home to the Lord on September 6, 2021 at UPMC Bedford Memorial Hospital after a successful day of fishing with her son and his wife.
Jennie was born a true Appalachian woman on October 19, 1934 to Charles and Ethel (Baker) Childers in Hopewell, PA. She was preceded in death by her parents and her siblings, Chester, Sam, George, Robert, Willard, Cula, Eva, Ralph, and Ethel. Genevieve was the last surviving member of her immediate family.
As a child of the ridges, Jennie learned self-reliance at a young age that persisted as untamed grit and resilience until her final day. Her younger years were filled with vivid memories of hunting with her dad, brothers, family, and friends. Those days in the woods, creating connections with people and the land, were formidable in making Jennie the woman she grew to be. She was passionate about passing on the hunting tradition to her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. For Jennie, a day spent in the woods with a grandkid or fishing with a family was as good a day as any. She never stopped hunting and fishing, even until her final day. Jennie settled in Tatesville with her late husband, Ned Hale. There, they built a home together where they raised their children and cared for their homestead.
She is survived by her three children: son, James Hale and his wife, Teresa; daughter, Cindy (Hale) Miller and her husband, Don; and son, Dean Hale and his wife, Julie. She was a proud grandmother to Ryan, Jenna, Ashley, Coty, Kelsey, Lindsay, and Ethan, and a loving great-grandmother to Cora, Crew, Brinley, Mary, Ryker, Grant, and Cade. She is also survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
Jennie was a woman of many talents and took pride in all she accomplished. In her early years, she worked at the Bedford Springs and Everett Sewing Factory. Later in life, she worked as a cook in many local restaurants like Bonanza and the New Frontier. She could always be found visiting with family and friends, tending her flower beds, feeding the birds, and trekking through the woods. Jennie was a member of the Bedford Forge United Methodist Church. The family would like to thank Dr. David Baer and all the other healthcare professionals who cared for Jennie over the years, giving her the ability to enjoy her life to its fullest. Visitation will be held on Saturday, September 11, 2021 from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Akers Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held Sunday, September 12 at 2:00 pm in the Chapel at Akers Funeral Home with Pastor Beth Pyles. A celebration of Jennie’s life will take place after the services with a meal at Hale’s Pavilion in Loysburg.
Friends may make a donation in her memory to the Bedford County Humane Society, 182 Bohn Road, Bedford, PA 15522.
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Arrangements by Akers Funeral Home, Inc., 299 Raystown Road, Everett, PA 15537.
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