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Geneva Hunkapiller

Geneva Faye Hunkapiller, a Prineville resident, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2008.
   She was 77 years old.
   Funeral services will be held on Monday, Jan. 28, 2008 at 11 a.m., at Prineville Funeral Home. Pastor Richard Hargreaves will officiate. Private burial will be held at Juniper Haven Cemetery.
   Geneva was born in Glover, Okla., on Jan. 16, 1931 to Travis and Hazel (Brown) Hunkapiller.
   The family moved to Gilchrist, Ore., in 1946 where they came to help the Gilchrist family set up the sawmill and town of Gilchrist.
   She attended Gilchrist High School.
   Geneva moved to Nampa, Idaho, where she married Floyd Levi in 1951.
   They moved to Prineville in 1955 from Nampa, they later divorced.
   In Prineville, Geneva worked as a waitress for several restaurants including as the manager for Pioneer Club in the 1960's and for 12 years at Gee's Chinese, retiring in 1996.
   For many years she sang and played the guitar for many country and western bands in Central Oregon and had a radio program in Bend. She also worked as a private seamstress in Prineville.
    She was well known for the Native American Beadwork; making tribal artifacts for various different tribes with real glass beads and leather.
   She loved singing.
   She was a member of the Prineville Praise & Worship Center.
   Geneva is survived by: her son Colin Travis Levi of Prineville, Ore.; daughter Terry Lou Benefiel of Portland, Oregon; brothers Charles Hunkapiller of Wolf Point, Montana, and Anthony 'Tony' Hunkapiller of Reno, Nev.; sisters Jennie Thomas of Redmond, Oregon, and Marie Hethorn of Wickenburg, Ariz., five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
   She was preceded in death by her parents.
   Memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice House of Bend, 2075 NE Wyatt Ct. Bend, Oregon 97701. Arrangements are entrusted to the care of the Prineville Funeral Home.