Genevieve Tanner Bushman b. 11 January 1918, Snowflake, AZ

The Theodore Turley Family Book, pp. 137-138
Genevieve Tanner Bushman (daughter of Roberta Turley)

Genevieve Tanner was born January 11, 1918 at the old Tanner homestead about 1 ½ miles out of Joseph City. The family lived in Chino Valley and Joseph City when she was little. The last two years of high school she rode the bus to Holbrook each day. She graduated in May, 1935 and then worked in Holbrook until April, 1937 when she was called as a missionary by President Grant. She went to Texas and Louisiana under President Elray L. Christiansen.

At the same time her boyfriend, Elwin Ewing Bushman, son of Alonzo E. and Edith Smith Bushman, was called to the Eastern States on a mission. After completing her mission and returning to Joseph City, she accompanied the A. E. Bushman family back East to pick up Elwin who had been involved in the Hill Cumorah pageant three times while on his mission.

On October 4, 1939 Genevieve was married to Elwin in the Salt Lake Temple by Nicholas G. Smith. Both of their mothers accompanied them to Salt Lake. Elwin and Genevieve bought Grandfather Tanner’s house in Joseph City. They lived there about a year until Elwin was transferred to Globe to drive the Smith-Heywood bus between Globe and Holbrook. Their first child, Floyd Elwyn was born in Globe, August 6, 1941.

In December, 1942 the Bushmans moved back to Joseph City where the rest of their children were born: John Darrell, Laree, Arthur Vern, Blaine Jay, Jeffrey Alonzo, Maylene, and Nyla.Elwin worked for Smith-Heywood for some time. He also has had his own businesses for many years, including hauling fuel oil, hauling coal, and hauling feed. He has also worked for Whiting Brothers Transportation Company driving a gas truck.

In 1951 Elwin began building a new home for his family using materials from their old house and from as far away as Arkansas. There were many hardships as the family moved from the old house to the new but these were outweighed by the happiness of moving into a new home with basement and furnace in 1952.

Both Elwin and Genevieve have served long in the Church; she in various positions including Stake Primary President and he in the Bishopric for 11 years, the High Council, and as Snowflake Stake Mission President.


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