Geneva Ann (Luna) Stuckey, 74, of O’Fallon, MO, died peacefully on September 8, 2022, with family members at her bedside.
Geneva was born in Ava, MO, on June 23, 1948, to Doyle and Virginia (Fox) Luna, who both preceded her in death. She grew up in a farming family, moving with her family to Illinois when she was young, and was surrounded by four brothers and a sister as well as aunts, uncles, and cousins in the area. Her family was always the closest thing to her heart—or was a close second to her faith in God and Jesus who saved her and now gives her eternal life.
She often reminisced about not only her parents but also three brothers she loved so much who preceded her in death: Dwight, Glendol, and Jerry Luna. She is survived by siblings Ralph Luna of Highland, IL, and Joella (Luna) Owen of DeSoto, MO. She is also survived by her loving husband of twenty-five years Randy Stuckey, children Patrick Barber and wife Charity of Manchester, CT, and Gena (Felton) Wagner and husband Chris of O’Fallon, MO. She is the incredibly proud grandmother of Lauren, Jack, and Caroline Wagner, and of Jadyn, Eliana, and Judah Barber. She could never get enough of her children and grandchildren, as was obvious by their pictures being displayed on nearly every wall in her home. They were her pride and joy, and she wasn’t ever embarrassed to be silly with them. Above all, her hope was for them to know they were loved and to one day devote themselves to following Jesus as she herself and her own children have done.
Geneva, who went by Genny later in life, was an incredibly hard worker who was amongst the first in her family to graduate from college. After graduating from Triad High School in St. Jacob, MO, she earned a bachelor’s and later a master’s degree in elementary education and taught elementary school for many years both in Troy, IL, and in Festus, MO. She went on to work in other industries in her forties and fifties, contributing in a variety of ways to the success of upstart businesses. She was industrious, imaginative, artistic, precise, and she always maintained high standards for herself. That was true whether or not someone else was watching her. She was as dedicated to the care of her flower gardens as she was to the work she was being paid by others to do, and she did that because of lessons learned growing up on a farm where she never ran out of work and from her own sense of never wanting to be a burden to other people.
Her moral code came from her understanding of the Bible and her faith in God. She was a dedicated Christian her whole life and was always an active encourager and worker in a local Church of Christ in whatever town she lived. In her last years, she was an enthusiastic member of the O’Fallon Church of Christ, and even when she was slowed by dementia, she desperately wanted to be at church every Sunday. As many other memories faded for her, one of the things she maintained to her final days was the ability to sing along with old church hymns about the power of God, the love of Jesus, and the glory of heaven. She had a beautiful alto voice, and she wasn’t embarrassed to sing out in praise to the God she relied on for strength and guidance across the years.
Her life was not an easy one; she faced more than her fair share of heartaches and trials, but she endured by the grace of God and kept her faith to the very end. Her example of strength has had a profound impact on the rest of her family and on the many who called her friend over the decades. Her ability to show and share faith, hope, and love with the people around her will remain part of her legacy that continues to inspire her children, grandchildren, and those who are yet to be born as we always remember her life and always honor the memory of Geneva Ann Stuckey.
A memorial service will be held at 12:00pm at the O’Fallon Church of Christ (8576 Veterans Memorial Parkway, O’Fallon, MO) on Saturday, October 8, 2022. A visitation with the family will be held that morning from 10:00am to Noon, and lunch will be provided for everyone after the memorial service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made via check to Camp Neotez and mailed to 3761 Three Oaks Drive, Bridgeton, MO 63044.
Saturday, October 8, 2022
Starts at 12:00pm (Central time)
O'Fallon Church of Christ
A visitation with the family will be held that morning from 10:00am to Noon, and lunch will be provided for everyone after the memorial service.