She married William H. Reay on Sept. 29, 1948 in Mt. Emmons. The marriage was later solemnized on April 30, 1966, in the Manti Temple.
Reay was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where she served in various church callings. She was a volunteer EMT for 20 years for the Green River ambulance. The community depended on her and it was a big part of her life. She loved serving and helping others. Geniel and Bill began their life together in the Uintah Basin area and then moved to Monticello. They spent some time in the Denver area before moving to Green River, where they continued raising their family.
Reay loved being with family. Family was the most important thing to her and she made sure everyone she talked to knew how much she loved her family. While raising their children, she and Bill had children “not their own,” including friends of their children who lived with them from time to time.
Reay had a love for the outdoors and adventure. She went deep-sea and fly fishing in Alaska, she flew an ultralight, ran rivers and her favorite was the Grand Canyon. She was known for her silliness and sense of humor and kept it right up to the end.
She is survived by her children, Carolyn (Steven) Hatch, of Hanksville; Paula Curtis, of Moab; Coni Reay, of Salt Lake City; William David (Kenna) Reay, of Queen Creek, Arizona; Ruth Ann (Kyle) Ekker, of Huntington; Kelly D. (Laura) Reay, of Mesa, Arizona; Lynda Reay, of Provo; and Phillip (Susie) Stubblefield, of Moab; 27 grandchildren, 60 great grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.
Her husband, parents, four brothers, three sisters, and her grandson, Steven Shae Hatch, preceded her in death.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 27 at the Green River LDS Chapel. A viewing will be held from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Interment in the Elgin Cemetery is under the care of Fausett Mortuary. Friends and family may sign the guestbook and share memories of Reay at www.fausettmortuary.com.