Annie Marie Genchan Townsend was born to Otto and
Frances Genchan and known affectionately as Marie. She and her twin brother, John L. Genchan, were born July 1,1920. Marie died on Sunday morning, August 9, 1998. John preceded her in death July 2, 1998. Otto and Frances enjoyed a large family. Marie often spoke about her parent shaving 5 sets of twins, a set of triplets and 4 singles totaling 17 children.
Marie spent her life trusting and praising the Lord, starting in
here hometown church in Arkansas, Babel United Methodist Church (UMC) then spending most of her adult life in membership at Mason Memorial UMC. She had no sense of being a visitor in any United Methodist Church, so in recent years she transferred her membership to Trinity UMC because it was closer to home. Trinity was a good church fellowship that enjoyed her and she enjoyed her time and friends there.
During her many years at Mason she served in various offices
and held many responsibilities at both the local church and the conference level. This included service in the choir (early years), in United Methodist Women, and as an usher, a certified lay speaker and a Communion Steward. When Marie joined the Communion Stewards they were meeting at the church at 5:00 A. M. each first Sunday morning to prepare Communion. She enjoyed tremendously her work as a Communion Steward and served as chairperson.
What Marie dearly loved were children and working with children. She taught Sunday School for many years and as a certified trainer of Sunday School teachers she delighted in training new Christian Educators to teach the United Methodist curriculum.
Marie also was a very active American Bible Society volunteer providing Bibles to any and all at cost! In celebration of her life, if you wish you may send any acknowledgment to Trinity UMC (5010 Parallel, KCK, 66104) designated to the Marie Townsend Bibles for Children Fund. The Bibles will be shared with children at both Trinity and Mason Memorial.
She has left to celebrate her life and grieve her leaving: 3 children; Jan Townsend Gardner, Lucious "Lew" Henry Townsend Jr., Betty Townsend, her son-in-law, the Rev. Andrew J.Gardner, her "big" brother Alvin Genchan (Arkansas), her 3 sisters; Lois Gordon, Zolene Alexander (both KCK) and Lorene Bazart (Oklahoma), a sister-in-law Paralee Genchan (Arkansas) and her twin's widow Charline Genchan (KCK), nieces, nephews, two church families and a host of other relatives and friends.
Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens
Kansas City, KS