Geneva Lichliter

May 6, 2015

Geneva Lee “Neva Lee” Pool Lichliter, 95, of McLean, Virginia passed away on May 6, 2015. She was born at home on December 26, 1919 in Red Oak, Virginia. Her father was Elgin Franklin Pool, from North Carolina, and her mother was Willie Katherine Stembridge Pool, from Red Oak. Geneva was the youngest of two girls, her older sister was Elizabeth Hazel Pool Conway 1916-2003. Geneva graduated from Chase City High School in 1935 at the age of 16. She then went to James Madison College, receiving a teaching degree in 1939. She taught in a small school outside of Richmond, and then worked in the school library there. In the 40’s, she went back to school at The College of William and Mary, receiving her degree in library science. During the war, her parents drove her to Washington DC, where she got a library job at Health Education and Welfare. While in DC, Geneva lived at Scotts Hotel, a boarding house for respectable young women. She very much enjoyed her time there, attending chaperoned dances and parties. While in DC, she met and then married Leroy L. Lichliter, a Naval officer. They were married in William & Mary's Wrenn Chapel on March 19, 1949. She was 29, he was 40. After their wedding, the couple lived in Norfolk and Baltimore. After their first child Linda Lee was born in 1953, they were stationed in Honolulu, Hawaii, living in a boxy duplex on base. Geneva loved her time in Hawaii, and decorated her house with Hawaiian mementos. Her son Alan was born in May of 1956, at Queen's Hospital, Honolulu. The family returned to the states in 1957. They purchased a brick split level house with other young families in a brand new development in McLean, which is still the family home. Geneva was a hardworking wife and mother, tending to her family’s every need. For several years, she volunteered as the librarian at the family church, McLean Baptist. She enjoyed watching figure skating on television and going to Bible Study. The family remembers summers at the farm in Red Oak, playing on the hammock, digging in the red clay, and fishing in nearby ponds. Geneva was devastated by her father's death in 1961 from a heart attack. After his death, she shared in the care of her mother, who split her time between the two daughters’ homes. Geneva also spent years graciously hosting extended stays by her mother in law, a woman of exacting opinions and requirements. Geneva is survived by her daughter, Linda Lichliter Eisenhart, her son Alan Lichliter, grandchildren Brian Lichliter, Matthew Eisenhart, Katie Eisenhart Schaeffer and great grandson Luke Austin Schaeffer. Funeral services were held on Monday, May 11, 2015 at 1 p.m. Interment followed in the church cemetery. Newcomb Allgood Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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