Geneva "Genny" Cleveland Bernard

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Genny Bernard was born March 31, 1923 in Belmont, Mississippi, the daughter of Webster Cleveland DDS and Evie Harris.

She attended Mississippi College for Women and was a graduate of Mississippi State. Genny married Thomas L. Bernard of Port Allen on June 3, 1950. She became active in many organizations that enriched her life as well as the citizens of West Baton Rouge. She became a leader of Girl Scouts serving as troop leader, neighborhood chairperson, board member of Audubon Girl Scout Council and delegate to a national convention. Her membership in West Side Women's Club was enjoyable while holding offices of President, Program Chairman, etc. The West Baton Rouge Historical Association and the West Baton Rouge Museum held her loyal support for many years. Genny worked to establish an independent Museum Board of Directors on which she served as a Charter Member. Along the way, she became a founder and charter Board Member of Lagniappe studies forerunner of LSU Institute of Lifelong Learning for persons over 50 years of age. Genny passed away on Sunday, August 18, 2013 at her home in Port Allen with her family by her side at the age of 90. She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Thomas L. Bernard of Port Allen; daughter, Sharon Ann Bernard of Austin, Texas; son-in-law, George W. Stafford and former son-in-law, Ray Millard; a sister-in-law Neola Hollingworth Cleveland of Booneville, MS as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Genny was preceded in death by her parents, a daughter, Tomi Janice and a brother, W. Cleveland, Jr., MD. Pallbearers will be Jeff Bernard, Jack Paille, George Stafford, Thomas and Hunter Robertson and Ellis Gauthier. The family would like to express a special thanks to Audrey Veal, Shirley Davis and Melinda Carter. Visiting at Holy Family Catholic Church, Port Allen on Wednesday, August 21, from 9 a.m. until Rite of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. celebrated by Rev. Gerald Lefebrve. Interment will follow in Roselawn Cemetery in the Bernard Family Plot in Baton Rouge. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the West Baton Rouge Historical Society, 845 N. Jefferson, Port Allen, LA 70767. Please share sympathies, memories and condolences at

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