Genevieve Erickson, 88, of Vancouver, Wash., formerly of Naselle, Wash., died suddenly on Thursday, April 1, 2010, in Vancouver.
She was born Feb. 13, 1922, in Dawson, Neb., to Ralph N. and Mabel S. (Smith) Mahar, descendants of Nebraska pioneer families. The family moved to Vernonia in the 1930s. She graduated with honors from Estacada High School.
On Aug. 30, 1941, she married Lt. Gerald Byron Ball of the U.S. Army in Vancouver. He preceded her in death in 1966. After World War II, the family lived in several locations around the San Francisco area, then moved to Milwaukie in 1959. In 1962, they moved to Seattle, where she worked as a medical secretary for many years.
In 1970, she married Donald Ward Haven. He preceded her in death in 1984.
In 1990, she married Grant Fredrick Erickson of Naselle. He survives, residing in Vancouver.
Six months of the year for 10 years Mrs. Erickson and her husband lived in La Quinta, Calif. The couple eventually moved to Vancouver.
Family members said she enjoyed reading, knitting baby hats and watching nature shows on TV with her husband. She enjoyed hearing from her family and treasured her times at her beloved family park in Vernonia, where she would sit on the porch of her cabin and watch her extended family play in the field or visit with whoever stopped by for a chat. She loved taking rides in her golf cart to enjoy nature, usually with numerous grandchildren in tow, and she would share her knowledge of the plants and trees with them.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by three daughters and sons-in-law, Victory A. and Richard Grund of Whidbey Island, Wash., Carol and Gerald Anderson of Vancouver and Jerylyn A. and John Cusimano of Edmonds, Wash.; a son and daughter-in-law, John F. and Cherie Ball of Vancouver; five stepchildren, Victoria Lipe and her husband, Dave, Katie Haven, Pam Hopp and her husband, Walt, Melody Worth and her husband, Gary, and Wayne Erickson and his wife, Becky; a sister and brother-in-law, Lorraine and Jack Henrickson of Newport; a sister-in-law, Jerri Mahar; a family friend, Andrée Hemmerle of La-Wantzenau, France; 21 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by three brothers, Arthur W., Donald L. and Chester R. Mahar; and a sister, Doris F. (Mahar) Cain.
A celebration of life will be held at dusk Aug. 7 at the family park in Vernonia. All of her family and friends are welcome.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Mahar Park Inc. of Vernonia, in care of Debbie Mickenham, 10609 NE 114th Court, Vancouver, WA 98662, Old Town Artisan Studio, 78-100 Main St, Suite 104, La Quinta, CA 92253 or the American Heart Association, National Center, 7272 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX 75231.
Penttila's Chapel by The Sea in Long Beach, Wash., is in charge of the arrangements. An online guest book is available at (www.penttilaschapel.com).