Genevieve Swapp McDonald, age 70, passed away January 2, 2020 in St George, UT. Genevieve Swapp began her earthly sojourn on October 30, 1949, just a mere ten months after her older brother Bobby Swapp was born to Archer Eugene Swapp and Genevieve Cram in beautiful Kanab, Utah, that would forever be home even as she yearned to travel to distant and exotic lands. Jenny, as she was nicknamed, loved and was loved by three little sisters, Sharon, Cindy and Brenda, that she mothered as if her own, even if they weren’t willing. She had dreams and plans for everyone, along with a roadmap stamped with love and support. Jenny was always up for any drive or adventure that her dad, and later her husband would throw her way, and would later take the wheel and set out on her own, traveling across country, with kids in tow. But for all her wandering lust, her heart would always long for “out east”, and to build her own little ranch house to settle down in and rock her grandbabies on the wide, flower filled porch. There she camped, hiked and soaked up the sun knowing that she was walking in the footsteps of her ancestors, listening to their stories and feeling a part of their life so that she would one day be able to recall their heroics and regale her grandkids with plucky cowboy tales of yesteryear.
Upon completing high school (in the same grade as her older brother, always vying and contending with each other in Grandma Swapp’s words) she set off for beauty school in the wilds of Utah County in the heart of Provo. She loved and remembered her roommates and the experiences that they shared, often talking about their adventures like they were yesterday. Jenny had an incredible way of remembering names, places and dates, and often what the person was wearing, what was happening in their life, along with their family pedigree. She loved to be with people and share in the love and laughter of the groups, especially dancing. She had the heart of a dancer and it would be dancing that would take her to her first encounter with Jay McDonald and his brothers, after a brief stint living in California, she returned home and would fall in love. They would be married on December 19, 1970, where after they would welcome Mack, Jenea, Chablis, Ryan, and Shemra taking them along on many adventures all over the US as they traveled for work and made a home where they laid their heads. Many happy memories would also be had living and traipsing over the McDonald Ranch, Alton, and Cedar Mountain with her sister-in-laws, who she adored and became best friends.
Logging, hunting, camping, building and celebrating the beautiful outdoors with families and friends was Jenny’s favorite, but still she made time to own and operate her own beauty shops, substitute in the local schools, leading the cub scout’s antics (most likely giving them the ideas for fun loving pranks) and teaching primary. She was so proud of her kid’s (and all of her nieces and nephews who she treated as her own) and later her grandkids’ accomplishments in sports, rodeo, band, singing, dance, and choir. She loved it all and will now be free to watch over all 37 of her grandchildren, and soon to be 4 great grandchildren. Jenny dreamed of writing books, many notebooks and leather bound journals have her stories and love for the gypsy cowgirl way of life. Her smile can be seen in her words.
Jenny loved well and is survived by her kids and their families; Mack (ReNee) McDonald, Jenea Rothwell, Chablis (Marty) Cottam, Ryan (Tiffany) McDonald, and Shemra (Dustin) Hardison. Brother and sisters, Bobby (Charlene) Swapp, Cindy Burdick and Sharon Jensen and many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents, Archer and Genevieve Swapp and her beloved sister Brenda Lee Hutchings.
Friends and family can pay their respects on Sunday, January 19th at the LDS North church, 20 W Center Street, Kanab, Utah from 6 to 7:00PM. The family will also greet friends and family prior to the funeral on Monday, January 20th at 10:00AM, with services to follow at 11:00AM.
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