Mrs. Geneva B. Ross, 78, of South Bend, IN, entered Heavenly rest on May 13, 2021 surrounded by her loving family. She was born to the union of John and Ethel Boarders on March 21, 1943 in Mound Bayou, Mississippi. At an early age Geneva accepted Christ and was Baptized at Wall Baptist Church. She would later relocate to South Bend, IN, in search of better opportunities for her family. She fell in love with Second Baptist Church and called it her home church for over fifty years under the leadership of the late Rev. Samuel Chase Jr. and current presiding Rev. Andre’ Wells Sr.
After graduating from Sam Belkin High School, she continued her studies in health care. At an early age she married Joe W. Sutherland. They later relocated to Chicago, IL, and later South Bend, IN, and had 5 beautiful children. After years of marriage they parted ways and Geneva fell in love with the late Ellis Ross who proceeded her in death in 1987. Mrs. Geneva retired from Memorial Hospital Housekeeping after 35 plus years of dedicated service. After Ellis' passing, Geneva and Joe Sutherland Sr. were blessed to be reunited In 2001 and they made the best of their golden years side by side.
Heaven has gained its angel back.
If you knew Geneva, you knew she was a straight forward, to the point kind of person, with a whole lot of love and sugar on top. Everybody was “baby” and don’t think you was gonna say "hi" without givin' her some sugar! Her spirit brought joy, peace and laughter to the darkest of rooms. She was the type of person who saw the good in people even if they couldn’t see it. She had wisdom for multiple generations.
She left this world a better place than it was before she arrived and heaven has gained its Angel back. Those left to celebrate her legacy are: Five beautiful children: Carl (Lucille) Sutherland of Okinawa Japan; Thea Butler of Chicago, IL; Ernestine Taylor, Joe Sutherland and Richard (Cathy) Sutherland all of South Bend, In. And 13 Grand children. Sean (Adriane) Sutherland, Lawanda Richardson, TaMisha Butler, Cleora Taylor, Willie Taylor, Carl Taylor, Saria Jackson, Zion Connor, Bryanna Cane, Alexander D. Sutherland, Richard A. Sutherland. Siblings: Mildred Borders, John Borders Jr., Carolyn Burns and Ruthie Lee McDonald; and a host of Great Grandchildren, cousins, family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers Abraham and Oscar, two grandchildren Titus Davis and Jo’Nita (Darcy) Sutherland-Parrish.
A Celebration of life will take place in her honor 12 NOON Saturday May 22, 2021 viewing one-hour prior at Second Baptist Church 24828 Fillmore Rd. South Bend, In. Burial will follow at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. Funeral Arrangements have been entrusted to www.boydandsonfuneralhome.com where condolence may be shared. MASKS REQUIRED.
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