Geneva “Neva Jo” Donlay, 79, of Arkansas City, passed away Thursday afternoon, Oct. 31, 2019, at Medicalodges in Arkansas City.

The family will hold private memorial services at a later date. Miles Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.

A memorial has been established in Geneva’s name for Medicalodges in Arkansas City. Contributions can be made through the funeral home. Online condolences can be made at

Born Jan. 2, 1940, in Arkansas City, Neva Jo was the daughter of Fred and Edith (Saner) Richardson. She attended Arkansas City High School. Geneva married Gilbert Oliver Donlay on July 21, 1972. The couple made their home in the Lake of the Ozarks and Eldon, Mo. They had a special place in their hearts and fostered troubled children. Over the years, they fostered 153 children and adopted the last three children they fostered. They moved their family in 1989 to Arkansas City. Gilbert preceded her in death on Nov. 14, 2014.

In addition to her parents and husband, Neva Jo was preceded in death by three brothers and two sisters.

Her family includes her sons, Vernon Lawrence, of Kaiser, Mo., David Donlay, of Enid, Okla., Michael Donlay, of Dallas, Texas, and Bobby Donlay, of Arkansas City; her grandchildren, Matthew and Aiden Donlay, Colton and Cannon Donlay, Blayke and Bree Donlay, Christian Scott, and Cassandra Donlay; and her sisters, Margaret and Betty.

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