Gena Dell Caruthers, the daughter of James Charlton Tapp and Nona Dell Bridges, was born Aug. 28, 1933, in Sulphur Springs. She passed away Friday, July 11, 2014, at The Hamptons Senior Living Community in Tyler.
Gena Tapp received her Cradle Roll Certificate as a member of the First Baptist Church Sunday School on Aug. 30, 1933, where she was a church member until her passing.
She graduated from Sulphur Springs High School in 1950 and attended Texas Christian University, where she was a cheerleader and worked as a model for Neiman-Marcus Department Store.
Texas Christian University met Southern Methodist University and on July 15, 1953, she married John Morris Caruthers in the home of her parents at 330 North Davis St. in Sulphur Springs.
Ms. Caruthers is survived by four children who live in Texas: Johnny Caruthers of Tyler, Kim Gray of Georgetown, Amy Russo of Flint and Jim Caruthers of Tyler. She is also survived by 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. “Memaw” is affectionately remembered by her grandchildren for always keeping track of their birthdays and sending cards to them on their special day.
Visitation will be held Thursday, July 17, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. at West Oaks Funeral Home.
The funeral service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday, July 18, at West Oaks.
Memorials can be made to Hospice of East Texas, Tyler or the American Cancer Society. Ms. Caruthers was a breast cancer survivor and was passionate about helping other women diagnosed with breast cancer and supporting the cause for finding a cure.
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