Genevieve “Jenny” Rosemary Eaton, age 65 of Harpers Ferry, WV formerly of Moorefield, WV passed away Monday, September 2, 2019 as a result of a hit and run accident in Moorefield, WV. Born on September 9, 1953 in Petersburg, WV she was the daughter of the late Genevieve Wolfe Malcolm and Waldo Merle Eaton. She was also preceded in death by her step-father Ward “Alston” Malcolm and brother-in-law Bob Inskeep. Jenny is survived by two daughters Kathryn Vidmar of Harpers Ferry, WV and Madelyn “Maddie” Vidmar of Waynesboro, VA; a sister Barbara Eaton-Inskeep of Medley, WV; two brothers, Ward “Buddy” Malcolm (Wilma) and Tim Malcolm of Moorefield, WV; four nieces, Nicole Rohrbaugh (Eric), Marie Williams (Robert), Rebecca Price (Derek), and Kimberly Malcolm; six great nieces Samantha, Amberly, Callista, Malina, Ashly, and Myka; one great nephew Dylan; one aunt Phyllis Wolfe; a half-brother William Eaton and two half-sisters Darlene Eaton Taylor and Carla Eaton Rhodes along with their families; numerous cousins and her two fur babies Boo Boo and Lilly.
Jenny graduated from Moorefield High School in 1971 as valedictorian and was crowned Miss Moorefield that same year. She received a Bachelor degree in Child Development and Family Relations from WVU and a Master’s degree in Child Development and Family Life from Ohio University. Jenny was an in home service coordinator for WV Birth to Three in Jefferson and Berkeley County for approximately 20 years. Jenny also worked for RESA VIII and numerous Day Care Centers. Jenny served as a substitute teacher and library volunteer for many years. Jenny was a certified trainer for WV STARS Career Registry and a past instructor for Apprenticeship for Child Development Specialist. She attended Buckeye Leadership Workshop for 19 years and was an active member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Jenny participated at Camp Gizmo for many years and was an advocate for special needs children. She loved her “babies” and was always a strong voice for those that needed a voice.
Jenny was an active member of 4-H for 57 years and served as a 4-H leader and counselor for 20 years in Jefferson County. She was a 4-H All Star and received the Outstanding 4-H Leader award in 2012. Jenny participated in 4 Outspoken for 4-H fundraiser bike rides which gained her 1000 miles of cycling throughout the state. Jenny was very active with the local 4-H camps and fairs and enjoyed bottle rocket launching with her 4-Hers and family.
Jenny was a member of the National Audubon Society and participated in the annual Christmas Bird Counts as well as the banding of the birds at Dolly Sods. In her spare time, Jenny enjoyed reading and tea time, wine tasting, yoga, biking, hiking, running, walking, rock climbing, white water rafting with her daughters, quilting and sewing, gardening, jigsaw puzzles and board games, and bird watching. She was very knowledgeable in homeopathic medicines and always had a remedy available for whatever the ailment was.
Jenny was full of life, passionate and fearless. She never met a stranger and could strike up a conversation with anyone. She called her home the “Launching House” as she allowed her niece and great niece to stay there while attending college, hosted college foreign exchange students and opened her home to many over the years. Jenny led a simple but fulfilling life and strived to leave things better than she found them. She touched countless lives and will be greatly missed by many.
At her request she has been cremated and her final resting place will be on Wolfe Mountain near Moorefield, WV. One of two Celebration of Life services will be held 2 p.m., September 29, 2019 at the Hardy County 4-H Camp Pinnacle, 1006 Pinnacle Drive, Wardensville, WV 26851. An additional Celebration of Life will be held 1 p.m. October 19, 2019 at the Bolivar Community Center, 60 Panama Street, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425. Memorials may be made to the National Audubon Society, Jefferson or Hardy County 4-H, Harpers Ferry Public Library or Hardy County library, or Camp Gizmo.
Condolences, shared memories and photos may be left on Jenny’s Tribute Wall at www.fraleyfuneralhome.com .