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Genola Emily Wellfort, 94, of Memphis, died Monday, May 28, 2007 at the Scotland County Care Center in Memphis.

She was born the daughter of George Israel and Merle Marie Rude on January 1, 1913 in Hickory Grove, near Arbela, Missouri.

Genola graduated from Memphis High School.

Genola married Clay Thomas Russell on April 4, 1942.  He preceded her in death on September 27, 1967.

She then married George Leo Wellfort.  He preceded her in death on September 20, 1984.

Genola was member of the Methodist Church.   She enjoyed going to yard sales, gardening, and canning.  Genola was also an avid coin collector, joining the Coin Club and attending many coin shows.  She was also a past member of the V.F.W. Ladies Auxiliary.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands; a sister, Zelma Frances (Rude) Harvey and her husband, Victor; step children, Richard and Norman Nelson, and George Wellfort.

She is survived by: her step children, Mary Lou Wellfort Blackwell of Keokuk and William and wife Ruth Wellfort of Omaha, NE; a niece, Sharon and husband Robert Sharrock of Stockton, CA; a great niece, Michelle Sharrock; a great nephew, Timothy Sharrock; step-daughters-in-law, Doris and Betty Nelson; step grandchildren, Lori and husband Don Paulus, David and wife Wendy Nelson, Teresa Nelson, Toni and husband Ralph Farmers, Dennis and wife Carla Nelson, Mark and wife Elaine Nelson, Connie I. Blackwell, Gale and wife Jody Blackwell, Cindy Cooper, Kathleen Blackwell, Ryan, Charlie, Colby and Briggs Wellfort; several step great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Friday, June 1, 2007 at the Gerth Funeral Chapel in Memphis with the Rev. Charles Hammack officiating.  Serving as pallbearers were Tim Kainz, Melvin Baker, Robert Weis, Sr. , Dennis Nelson, Robert Weis, Jr. and Gale Blackwell, Jr.. Burial was in the Hickory Grove Cemetery, Arbela, MO. Memorials were suggested to the donor’s choice and can be left at or mailed to:  Gerth Funeral Service, 115 S. Main St., Memphis, MO 63555.

Condolences may be sent to Mrs. Wellfort’s family via email at

Arrangements were under the direction of the Gerth Funeral Service from their Memphis chapel.