The former Genevieve Greene was born Jan. 16, 1924, in Bloomington, Ill. She was the daughter of Marian Rusher Greene and Dwight (Buck) Greene. Buck operated Cavins Drug Store in Bloomfield for many years. Marian (Nana) was active in the Bloomfield community.
Genevieve (Ginny) was involved in several high school organizations and wrote a school news column. She graduated with the Bloomfield Class of 1942 and attended Indiana University. She was national president of Psi Iota Xi sorority.
Ginny was a life-long member of the United Methodist Church in Bloomfield and always took great interest in the youth. She was involved in several organizations, including the Bloomfield Argonaut Club and book clubs. Ginny served on the board of directors for the Covered Bridge Girl Scout Council for 10 years.
Ginny married William Cravens Miles on June 22, 1956, and they made their home in Bloomfield. At the time, Ginny was employed at the Greene County Welfare Department. Her husband, Bill, worked in advertising in Indianapolis and later at the Bloomfield Manufacturing Company. In 1979, Bill became owner and publisher of The Evening World and The Bloomfield News, both of which he operated until his death in 1998.
Ginny dearly loved her dogs. Her black lab, Annie, has been her constant companion for many years. She enjoyed listening to the songs of Frank Sinatra while knitting. Over the years, she knitted hundreds of afghans, colorful blankets she loved giving to newborns and seniors through her church. She liked traveling in Europe while her daughters were stationed in the military. Having grown up during the Great Depression and World War II, she often told stories about how they were the "best of times" as family and neighbors pulled together.
Although she always claimed Bloomfield as her home, she enjoyed winter months at her homes in Ormond Beach, Fla. and later Hilton Head Island, S.C.
She is survived by twin daughters, Melinda and Melissa Miles, both of Charlotte, N.C.; one son, William (Debbie) Greene Miles of Hilton Head Island, S.C.; two grandchildren, Abigail Greene Miles and William Glass Miles; and her dog, Annie.
In addition to her husband, her parents preceded her in death.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Will Miles Lymphatic Research Fund, a fund of the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry, P.O. Box 23019, Hilton Head Island, S.C. 29925 or online at www.cf-lowcountry.org or The United Methodist Church in Bloomfield.
Funeral services will be held at the Bloomfield United Methodist Church on Saturday, Nov. 6 at 1:30 p.m. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 on Friday, Nov. 5 at Jenkins Funeral Home in Bloomfield. Interment will be in Grandview Cemetery in Bloomfield.