80 Over Eighty Honoree – Genny Williams

Genny was born in the small farming town of San Antonio, Missouri. Population 7. She jokes that she was the most popular girl in town. Genny grew up an “only child” who was adored by her loving parents, grandparents, friends, and neighbors. Family is very important to her, and she feels blessed to have 4 children, 6 grandchildren, and 9 great-grandchildren.  Her love of family includes being an avid researcher of genealogy and she has traced some of her ancestors back to Revolutionary times. But she didn’t stop there — Genny has since researched the lineage of 50 other people.

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At this point, you may have surmised that Genny is a go-getter. She does not sit still. She is not a wallflower. She’s got the passion of an opera singer and the energy of someone half her 89 years.  Perhaps it’s her lifelong love of dance and music that keeps her exceptionally spry and motivated. Genny is the creator and director of the Silver Singers, a 25-member choir for residents of the Querencia retirement community.

Genny is always thinking of creative and fun ways to keep herself and fellow residents active. She has taught an adult tap class, cleverly called The Taptations, and is eagerly awaiting for the floor renovations to be completed so they can start tapping again. Genny regularly checks on other residents, organizes social groups, coordinates acts and writes scripts for Querencia talent shows, serves as Secretary of the Querencia Wellness Committee, and is an official Ambassador for Successful Aging.

Every morning, you will find Genny taking a stroll with her dog and best pal, Susie, waving at residents and encouraging them to “just keep moving.”

Genny was nominated by Joan Ford at Querencia for her optimism and forward momentum. Genny has an enviable passion for life.

For her hopeful, cheerful manner and indomitable spirit, Family Eldercare honors Genny Williams.


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