In Loving Memory
December 23, 1936 – May 21, 2016
Geneva Christene Isphording was born in West Plains, Missouri on December 23, 1936 and passed from this life on May 21, 2016 at the age of 79. She had been a resident of Mobile for nearly 50 years.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Raymond and Edith Spencer; her sisters, Beverly, LaDonnia, and Shelvy; and her brother, Lonnie.
She is survived by her husband, Dr. Wayne C. Isphording, to whom she was married for 56 years; her children, Gregory (Melinda) Isphording, Brian (Elena) Isphording, and Gary Isphording; four grandchildren, Elizabeth, Justin, Brittany, and Rachael; her sister, Patricia Lemieux of West Plains, Missouri, as well as numerous, loved nieces and nephews, (and her beloved dog, Millie).
Christene was a wonderful wife and mother, always had an infectious smile for all, and entertained absolutely no prejudice toward anyone. At the age of 53, she decided to pursue a college degree and, four years later, in 1993, received her Bachelor of Arts with a spectacular grade point average and a major in Criminal Justice Administration from the University of South Alabama. She was an avid reader, with the Bible as her favorite book, a member of New Hope Baptist Church and enjoyed traveling with her geologist husband throughout the world. Christene served as an enthusiastic Cub Scout den mother and was a member of a prominent Mardis Gras society for a number of years. She enjoyed meeting people from many different cultures and visited the British Isles (on several occasions), all European countries, as well as Russia, Africa, China, Australia, Canada, Mexico, and most of the countries in Central and South America. A memorial service for her will be held at New Hope Baptist Church (6390 Old Shell Road) at 3:00 P.M. on Saturday, May 28, 2016. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in her name to: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Expressions of condolence may be offered at www.hughesfh.com. Arrangements are by Hughes Funeral Home, 79851 American Way, Daphne, AL.