In Memory

Gena Dedrikson (Scott)

Gena Dedrikson (Scott)

Gena passed away on Friday, April 10, 2015.

Published in St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Apr. 26, 2015:

"Our dear ethereal friend and treasured soul, Gena Scott, passed away from a long illness on Friday, April 10th, 2015. Many may remember Gena from her early days of working at Balaban's, and her activism with NARAL and ACTION, fighting for African-American and minority job placements, a beautiful heroine to many. While Gena is not survived by any children, her offspring live on in the beloved paintings that hang in many of our homes. She is also survived by a niece, Cassie Werschke and nephew, Louis Werschke, both from Denver, CO. She is also survived by her much loved Norwegian and Illinois cousins. She left an indelible mark on anyone she encountered and left them brighter, sometimes contemplative at what Gena would have revealed in themselves. Gena, we feel and see you all around us - we always will. Gena's last gift was to donate her body to science....a gift for life. Farewell, our friend."

Scott, Gena Our dear ethereal friend and treasured soul, Gena Scott, passed away from a long illness on Friday, April 10th, 2015. Many may remember Gena from her early days of working at Balaban's, and her activism with NARAL and ACTION, fighting for African-American and minority job placements, a beautiful heroine to many. While Gena is not survived by any children, her offspring live on in the beloved paintings that hang in many of our homes. She is also survived by a niece, Cassie Werschke and nephew, Louis Werschke, both from Denver, CO. She is also survived by her much loved Norwegian and Illinois cousins. She left an indelible mark on anyone she encountered and left them brighter, sometimes contemplative at what Gena would have revealed in themselves. Gena, we feel and see you all around us - we always will. Gena's last gift was to donate her body to science....a gift for life. Farewell, our friend.
 
Published in St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Apr. 26, 2015 - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/stltoday/obituary.aspx?n=gena-scott&pid=174721727#sthash.CCSkRdnu.dpuf
Scott, Gena Our dear ethereal friend and treasured soul, Gena Scott, passed away from a long illness on Friday, April 10th, 2015. Many may remember Gena from her early days of working at Balaban's, and her activism with NARAL and ACTION, fighting for African-American and minority job placements, a beautiful heroine to many. While Gena is not survived by any children, her offspring live on in the beloved paintings that hang in many of our homes. She is also survived by a niece, Cassie Werschke and nephew, Louis Werschke, both from Denver, CO. She is also survived by her much loved Norwegian and Illinois cousins. She left an indelible mark on anyone she encountered and left them brighter, sometimes contemplative at what Gena would have revealed in themselves. Gena, we feel and see you all around us - we always will. Gena's last gift was to donate her body to science....a gift for life. Farewell, our friend.
 
Published in St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Apr. 26, 2015 - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/stltoday/obituary.aspx?n=gena-scott&pid=174721727#sthash.CCSkRdnu.dpuf
Scott, Gena Our dear ethereal friend and treasured soul, Gena Scott, passed away from a long illness on Friday, April 10th, 2015. Many may remember Gena from her early days of working at Balaban's, and her activism with NARAL and ACTION, fighting for African-American and minority job placements, a beautiful heroine to many. While Gena is not survived by any children, her offspring live on in the beloved paintings that hang in many of our homes. She is also survived by a niece, Cassie Werschke and nephew, Louis Werschke, both from Denver, CO. She is also survived by her much loved Norwegian and Illinois cousins. She left an indelible mark on anyone she encountered and left them brighter, sometimes contemplative at what Gena would have revealed in themselves. Gena, we feel and see you all around us - we always will. Gena's last gift was to donate her body to science....a gift for life. Farewell, our friend.
 
Published in St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Apr. 26, 2015 - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/stltoday/obituary.aspx?n=gena-scott&pid=174721727#sthash.CCSkRdnu.dpuf
Scott, Gena Our dear ethereal friend and treasured soul, Gena Scott, passed away from a long illness on Friday, April 10th, 2015. Many may remember Gena from her early days of working at Balaban's, and her activism with NARAL and ACTION, fighting for African-American and minority job placements, a beautiful heroine to many. While Gena is not survived by any children, her offspring live on in the beloved paintings that hang in many of our homes. She is also survived by a niece, Cassie Werschke and nephew, Louis Werschke, both from Denver, CO. She is also survived by her much loved Norwegian and Illinois cousins. She left an indelible mark on anyone she encountered and left them brighter, sometimes contemplative at what Gena would have revealed in themselves. Gena, we feel and see you all around us - we always will. Gena's last gift was to donate her body to science....a gift for life. Farewell, our friend.
 
Published in St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Apr. 26, 2015 - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/stltoday/obituary.aspx?n=gena-scott&pid=174721727#sthash.CCSkRdnu.dpuf



 
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04/20/15 05:08 PM #29    

Gay B Thompson (Vencill)

Gena was indeed a gem.  She was so always so sweet and unassuming.  And, she knew how to have a good time too.  She probably never knew that so many of us liked her because of her spirit.  As Linda Moffitt said---she was so genuine.  I haven't made many reunions, so I never saw Gena after graduation, but I will always have fond memories of her.  It's always nice to roll back the clock and think of our high school days.  Warm wishes and good health to you all.


04/20/15 05:51 PM #30    

Lana R Jacobs

Another great loss for our MHS Class of '62!! Gina was a soft and spirited woman. I remember the fun we always had in gym. What a great and boisterous laugh she had, which was contrary to her gentle spirit. When talking with her, you knew she was interested in what you had to say. Gina wasn't into  trying to make an impression due to her honest/genuine personality. I regret not seeing her since high school. However, my guess would be that she led a full and passionate life.  I will always remember her kind/gentle spirit and affectionate heart. I am sorry we have to add her to our "In Memory" list of classmates, of which we have TOO MANY.  My sincere sympthany to her family and friends. And my sincere prayer for all of us left: that we enjoy good health and joy in our remaining years. 


04/20/15 07:04 PM #31    

Stuart V Mott

Ah what a gem, I had one class with her I think it was history. I sat in the back like I did in all my classes, she sat in front me. When she'd laugh it made me laugh too. She walked like a model and had the looks too. She will be missed, too soon for her and others . Bless her and others that have gone before


04/21/15 01:28 PM #32    

Christine R Guerrero

So sad to hear of Gina's passing.  Wish there was a way we could know when a classmate was sick or just not in good health. Many year's ago when I lived in St. Louis Gina and I had lunch in the Central West End near where Gina was living. She was funny and had that artiste spirit about her.  I moved from St. Louis and as often happens lost touch.  We have lost so many from our class......so many memories we all shared growing up which are still such a strong part of us now.

 


04/22/15 12:54 AM #33    

Susanne V Spencer (DeBruyckere)

I am sad to hear that Gena passed away! I always thought she was a really nice girl when we were at MHS!


04/22/15 09:43 AM #34    

Woodie Acord

I was contacted by Gena's friend Rose on Monday, April 13. Rose informed me that Gena passed away Friday, April Tenth, of complications due to a long battle with COPD. Gena was surrounded by  good friends when she passed. Rose told me that Gena had given her my name to contact, along with several others. Gena wanted her classmates to know of her passing.
On Sunday,  February Fifteenth, Gena was honored by her many friends with an art show and auction of her works at the Regional Arts Commission in St. Louis. She is described in the promotional material for the event as a woman of great beauty, grace, creativity, and social activism. A true St. Louis legend.
Gena is survived by a niece and nephew in Denver, CO.  I will pass on any information concerning a memorial service, should it become available. We were all privileged to have known Gena.
Janet Pease, thank you for the picture.
Sincerely, and with warmest regards to all of our classmates
Woodie Acord


04/22/15 04:23 PM #35    

Dr. Karen A Lootens (Chantry)

Gena was a wonderful person, and I am so very sad to hear of her passing. She was grace and beauty and as is noted on this thread, she will be missed.

04/22/15 06:52 PM #36    

Rick Anderson

Donna (Evoy) Elvis passes on this story about Gena.  They were both in Mr. Tulley's math class at Coolidge and were given an extra credit question: "Bonus Problem - Use 12 match sticks to print an ingredient used to make a match. We spent days of ending class time to solve the problem. Gina solved it first! The answer: 'LOVE' She was so happy & proud. Her smile, laughter, & spirit will always be with me."


04/23/15 02:58 PM #37    

Marcia L Oberlander (Skinner)

Thank you Rick for passing on Donna Evoys story about Gena. That was Gena--LOVE! She was a wonderful human being. She is missed by all who knew her.


08/22/15 01:11 AM #38    

Woodie Acord

I have a request from Rose Clark, who was Gena's very good friend for many years in St. Louis. Rose and Gena's many other friends in St. Louis don't know any of us and would like to hear from any of us who would care to share remembrances of Gena with them. Rose's e-mail is THEROSE0001@GMAIL.COM.


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