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Eugenia "Gena" M. Hawthorne, 48, of Rockford, passed away on Saturday, November 24, 2018. Born on October 5, 1970, in Rockford, the daughter of Donald and Janice (Dunaway) Watts. Graduate of Jefferson High School, Class of 1988. Gena married Jay Hawthorne on June 3, 1989, in Rockford. She was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church. Gena enjoyed making crafts and playing softball.
Survived by her husband, Jay; son, Terry; sisters, Tam & Pam Compton, Susie, Donna & Patty; brothers, Donald Watts, Jr. & Bobby Compton; uncle, Harry Watts; numerous nieces, nephews & cousins; mother-in-law, Darlene Davis; and her dog, Kempo. Predeceased by her parents.
Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 1, 2018 in Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 4620 20th St., Rockford, with Reverend Wendy Popp officiating. Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Friday, November 30, 2018 in Fred C. Olson Chapel, 1001 Second Ave., Rockford. Memorials may be made to the family.

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  1. Jay@Son

    Thank you for all the prayers and kind stories that were shared and all the people that came out to pay their respects. Sincerely Jay and Terry

  2. Michelle & Jim Pauletto

    Our condolences. So sorry for your loss. Gena was a sweetheart & will forever be remembered. The entire family is in our thoughts & prayers. RIP Gena

  3. "Mom " Hawthorne

    Today the best daughter-in-law is being laid to rest. Gena I could not ever thank you for all the care and love you blessed me with. Your love of my son and Grandson will not be matched. 35 years marriage, wow! Be proud and watch from above. Be ever in our hearts baby girl. Love "Mom"

  4. kenneth and corine williams and family

    Jay Hawthorne and watts family sorry for your loss I know she will truly will be missed

  5. May and Will Hoffman

    Gena had a heart of gold. I am so sorry I didn't go over and thank her personally for helping me on New Years Eve. She was there because of her mother. I came to the hospital by ambulance, but they made me sit in the waiting room. I was so cold and couldn't talk. She came around the corner with Jay and sat with us and she got me three heated blankets and told them that she knows me and this is not the way I usually am. They took me back and I found out I was having a stroke. Thanks to her and the quick action of her and the staff, it was a mini stroke and had a small bleed in my brain. If it weren't for her, I could have had a major stroke sitting in the waiting room. I loved her so much and she always called me mom .I knew her before she even married Jay. They had a special bond together and knew they had each other, She will be missed. I will send prayers for all of you.

  6. Faith Bennett

    Jay and family I'm sorry for your loss . Gena was a great person and I remember the good times and crazy times when we worked together . She was a kind hearted person . So sorry again

  7. Alberta T Woodrow

    My sincere thoughts and prayers to out to husband Jay and sonTerry Hawthorne and the family for their loss of Gena. I have known this beautiful young women ever since she was a little girl, she went to school with my kids, she was a happy go lucky person, I will miss her big smile and laughter, she would go out of her way to help u out when u needed her, she gave me comfort when my husband passed away, she was like a daughter to me and she use to call me mom, when she came to see me, she will never be forgotten, I love u Gena, may u always R..I..P...

  8. Tom Wescott

    I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family will be in my prayers.

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