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WORD, Genevieve Mary Born August 30, 1917, in Inglewood, Calif. Went home to be with the Lord March 11, 2010, in Palmdale, Calif. She was preceded in death by her husband of 39 years Albert 'Al' Word. Genevieve graduated from nursing school in 1939, and worked as an RN at Queen of Angels Hospital until she had her first child at which time she became a stay at home mother. Genevieve was a long time resident of Palmdale moving to the Antelope Valley in 1946, when Al was transferred by Northrop to work on the Flying Wing at Edwards AFB. Al and Genevieve spent many happy years in the Antelope Valley raising their family. She is survived by her children, Christine Van Gelder (Doug) of Palmdale, Colleen Dietzel of Ocean Beach, Frank Word (Cindy) of Quartz Hill, Larry Word of San Diego, step-daughter Sheila Blecksmith (Bob) of Nevada City, sister, Madeline Falquist of Corona, grandchildren, Bob Blecksmith, Lori Travis and Lisa Shisler, Dana Chewning, Paul Van Gelder, Mark Van Gelder, Tyler Word, Zachary Word, thirteen great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews and cousins. Genevieves family was the most important part of her life and she was dearly loved by all of them. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m., Friday, March 19, 2010, at Father Serra Parish in Quartz Hill with Rev. Leo Dechant officiating. Burial will follow at Good Shepherd Cemetery also Quartz Hill. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hoffman Hospice, 1543 E. Palmdale Blvd., Suite N, Palmdale, 93550. You may e-mail your condolences to Chapel of the Valley Mortuary, Palmdale Directors.

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