- June 15, 2021
Genita Patrick, 81, of Mansfield, passed away on Saturday, May 23, 2021 at Mansfield Memorial Homes. Genita was born February 2, 1940 in Marion, Ohio. She was the daughter of the late Donald Howell and Betty (Leonard) Exenkamper.
Genita was a kind and caring soul whose family was most important to her. She was a beautiful mother, sister, aunt, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend to many. After living many years in Florida and Texas, ultimately in 2017 she returned to her Ohio roots. Her sense of fun and adventure often landed her poolside or at a beach with family and friends, enjoying shows at the Mansfield Playhouse or Renaissance Theatre, and even on a few occasions, traversing the globe to visit her son and family in Viet Nam. Her vibrant and outgoing personality knew no strangers. Every day was greeted and seen as an opportunity to make a new friend. She especially enjoyed spending time with her great-grandchildren decorating holiday cookies and playing games. Known to them as G-Nana, she was a Scrabble queen who was nearly impossible to defeat. She passed her love of the game on to them, who were quickly becoming worthy opponents. They were always fascinated with the $2 bills G-Nana included in birthday and holiday cards. People whose lives were touched by Genita know that this cute little lady is infusing Heaven with her warm smile, fun personality, and perhaps a good joke or two.
Genita is survived by her children, Wendi (Tim) Knapp of Mansfield, Corey (Lori) Bell of Cocoa Beach, FL, Dori Pappas of Mesa, AZ, and John (Thu) Patrick of Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam; her grandchildren, Ryan (Kate) Knapp, Brett Ashley Knapp, Nick (Elizabeth) Bell, Brynn (Zac) Worsham, Erinn Bell, Anthony (Kristen) Pappas, Sarah Pappas, and Mea Patrick; her great-grandchildren, Marley, Hank, Jaxon, and Hendrix Knapp, Annabelle and Steven Worsham, and Easton Bell; her brother, Larry (Kathy) Howell of Mission, Texas; her dear friend of many years, Tom Lavelle; her dog, Trouble, numerous nieces and nephews; and her Horseshoe and Finish Line friends.
A celebration of Genita’s life will be held at a future date. Memorial contributions may be made to Southern Care Hospice. The Diamond Street Home of Wappner Funeral Directors is honored to assist the family.