Geneva Hatcher Burroughs went home to be with the Lord, Friday, January 4, 2019 at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, City Campus, in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Geneva was married to the late James Burroughs and from that union were seven children: James (Dennis) Burroughs of Atlantic City, Marvin Burroughs (Jodi) of Atlantic City, Ronald Burroughs (Cheryl) of Raleigh, North Carolina, Carl Burroughs of Atlantic City, Gary Burroughs (now deceased), Jeffrey Burroughs of Elwood, New Jersey, and Genita Burroughs of Raleigh, North Carolina; six grandchildren, Carlene Graham, Marvin Burroughs, Carl Burroughs, Matthew Burroughs, Khadijah Burroughs and James Burroughs; and nine great-grandchildren, Nehemiah Stewart, Christopher Burroughs, Marvin Burroughs, Matthew Burroughs, Macy Burroughs, Elijah Burroughs, Lucas Burroughs, Devon Carpenter and Dakotah Carpenter. She was also Mom Mom to Alisha and Maureen Buckman, Leon Curry and Richey Brown and many others.
Geneva was born February 10, 1929 in Person County, North Carolina to the late Maggie Carver and the late Marvin Hatcher. Her early years were spent in Semora, North Carolina with her late grandparents Ben and Hattie Carver; in Roxboro, North Carolina with her mother, Maggie Street (Carver) and Taylor Street (both deceased); and in Camden, New Jersey with her uncle and aunt, Wiley and Beatrice Carver (both deceased).
Geneva worked various jobs in the Camden/Philadelphia area. One most memorable to her and one that she loved was at Cooper Hospital as a Hospital Attendant. She later moved to Atlantic City where she worked as a waitress at The Parrot and Fishery restaurants, but she is most known for her role working in the Atlantic City school system. She began her career in the school system as a Community Agent at Pennsylvania Avenue School and Westside Complex (now Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. Complex) and later as a Teacher’s Assistant at Indiana Avenue School. Geneva later worked at other restaurants and establishments in the Atlantic City area as well as a receptionist at the Division of Civil Rights.
Geneva loved and cherished her siblings: Carrie Barnes (Alphonso) of Baltimore, Maryland, Emma Street of Burlington, North Carolina, Sylvia Rogers also of Burlington, Elijah Street (Carlethia) of Baltimore, Maryland, Curley Mae Street (deceased), and John Henry Street (deceased). She also had a special sibling bond with her Camden, New Jersey cousins; Loretta Carver, Gertrude Carver, Eileen Trader, Lester Carver, Thaddeus Carver, Shirley Elliott, Raymond Carver, Lawrence Carver, Clarence Carver, and Kenneth Carver; deceased – Lorenzo Carver, Gloria Johnson, Zelda Davis, and Cathleen Carver. She will also be missed by her sisters-in-law, Lucille Kennedy, Valare Reeder, Reverend Bernice Prescott, Lillian Rhone, Suzette DeGaetano (Charles), and Margaret Burroughs. There are a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and neighbors who also were very dear to her heart.
Geneva had a full life, well lived, with lots of love, joy, travel and humor.