Evelyn “Gene” Dailey

June 13, 1943 ‒ July 02, 2014

Delaware, Ohio

Evelyn “Gene” Dailey, age 71 of Delaware passed away Wednesday peacefully at home.

She was born in Columbus on June 13, 1943 to the late Boyd A. and Juanita M. (Sadler) Gundelfinger. A graduate of Gahanna Lincoln High School in 1961, she remained true to her class with many lifelong friendships.

Moving to Delaware in the early 1960’s she worked as executive assistant to the Provost Office for Ohio Wesleyan University. Gene was a longtime volunteer at Grady Memorial Hospital and for a brief time while she lived in Texas served as the Director of Senior Friends at Bellaire Hospital in Houston.

A women of deep faith, she was an active member of Old Stone Presbyterian Church as a member of the choir, Sunday and Bible school teacher, as well as elder and deacon.  With a spunky personality, she was beautiful inside and out. She enjoyed crafts in many mediums, photography, and was also a member of the Delaware County Tops. Always generous and forgiving, she was active with the Arthur Place Community and various senior organizations.

Active in every way she was most proud for recently completing the Body of Iron Challenge at the Delaware YMCA, exceeding her expectations.  Every accomplished task was followed with her hands in the air shouting “I Did It!”.  She was truly extraordinary.

Her motto was “You don’t quit playing when you grow old; you grow old when you quit playing”.  Needless to say she never considered herself as old, with a smile and wink.

She will be remembered for her adoring love of family, her children and precious grandchildren.

Those left to cherish her memory include children Juanita (Chad) Wilkinson of Bellefontaine, Elizabeth (Ramiro) Alvarez of Perrysburg, Allen Ryther of Chesapeake, VA, Amy Wilson of TN, 11 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, sisters Melody (Michael) Fathbruckner of Delaware, Margi Gundelfinger, her niece Tina (Nou) Lithiluxa, a host of nieces, nephews, great nieces & nephews and friends.

In addition to her parents she was also preceded in death by her husband Frederick “Fritz” Dailey and brother Boyd Gundelfinger Jr.

Memorial services celebrating the life of Gene Dailey will be held 4:00 p.m. on Saturday at the Old Stone Presbyterian Church, 41 Hodges Rd, Delaware, OH 43015. Her family will greet friends one hour prior to the services and a reception will follow. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center.

Memorial contributions can be made to Old Stone Presbyterian Church.

Condolences may be expressed at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com

  • I am so sorry to hear of Gene’s passing. I have fond memories of her at Old Stone Church, especially in the choir. She was always cheerful and sweet. Our deepest sympathy to the family and friends who will surely miss her!

    Elaine Moebius

  • I am so deeply sorry for the loss of TOPS pal Gene. She will be dearly missed. I loved reading her scripture posts on fb. She was ver encouraging and lots of fun to be around. She just recently auctioneered our jewelry auction at TOPS and she was great! It was a blessing to know her . My heart and prayers are with you.

  • It has been so enriching to have spent the past three years in book club with Gene. Her warmth, courage and strong faith were always present in a room. She liked to call herself “the outspoken one”. I preferred to call her “the passionate one.” This was evident in her love of family, friends, and foremost her God. Cherish the memories that Gene so fondly created with your family. She will be greatly missed and lovingly remembered.

    Sherry Prine

  • What a kind soul Genie was. She was a positive role model for all with her cheerful zip and zing for love and life. I adored her and will miss sitting at her table with a cup of coffee, a muffin made with love and great conversations.

  • Much prayer for the family for your loss. May God embrace her in His everlasting love and keep her in your hearts forever. Please accept my condolences in your time of sadness.

  • I am sorry for your loss and saddened by the news of Gene’s death. She was a long time friend from high school days and a wonderful and vibrant spirit. She is in eternal rest and peace that exceeds our understanding. God bless you all and may your precious memories bring you comfort.

    • Aloise,
      Thank you for your kind words. I remember all Geni’s GLHS friends so well.

  • I can’t begin to express my sorrow in Gene’s passing. She was a very dear friend and I loved being around her. She always made things fun. Her passing will leave a giant hole in the hearts and lives of all who knew her. I will miss her terribly. Condolences to the family.

  • What a shock to learn of Gene’s death. Several of us (old high school friends) recently had a delightful lunch with her…memories I will always cherish. She will be dearly remembered for her unwavering faith in God, for her love and dedication to her family and friends and for her jest for life. What a legacy she has left us all!! May our Lord wrap his arms around all of you and give you comfort. Genie, sing and dance to your heart’s content…you have a captive audience!

  • Wow,, what a gal! She had a love for life and knew very well that God would always take care of her. She became a spark for the Class of 61, always thinking of ways to get everyone together and of course to have a good time. May her love of God, love of family, and love of friends be a legacy to her loved ones.

  • So sorry for your loss and prayers of comfort and strength to you all. I remember Gene as a fun outgoing caring mom from my years of being good friends with her daughter Beth. Words cannot make the pain if this loss any better. Time can only heal the pain. Rest in peace Gene. ♥

  • Gene. We had so much fun in high school. Those were the days. Time and space got in between but we always kept up on one another. You have a great family and a bunch friends that will truly miss you including me. I know that you loved God and your church. You have left a beautiful and loving legacy to your family.

  • Gene & I went through High School together. She was a great help at our LHS Class Reunions. Fritz & I grew up as neighborhood kids together. Both will be missed.

  • GENE welcomed this new person to town. We all remember her generous spirit. May she have eternal happiness now. Best, Mike’s brother

  • “Gene”! What a fantastic lady! I can tell you that this woman was “is”a fighter! Such a great person. A HUGE loss to all that knew her. My heart is so saddened. God Bless her and all of the family. BODY OF IRON FOREVER. GODS PEACE GENE.

  • So sorry for your loss. We where friends from high school and kept in contact throw facebook. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  • So sorry to all of Geni’s wonderful family. She redefined the term “Step Mother”.
    I loved her and laughed with her so often. I am a better person for having known her, when we spoke last she was happy and wanted to visit Memphis. Our last words to each other were “I love you”.
    Nita, Beth and Allen I am so happy she moved back to Ohio to be surrounded by all of you. She loved her family so much and that love is eternal…I know she is with The Lord. Me heart is broken for you and your kids. I will be keeping you in my prayers.

    Amy Wilson
    Her other daughter