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103-year-old resident of Kittanning Care Center celebrates long life

| Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
Manor Township resident Geneva (Kimball) Deveney holds a letter of recognition from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives congratulating her on her 103rd birthday, which she celebrated at Kittanning Care Center Thursday.

An area resident who celebrated her 103rd birthday on Thursday credits her longevity to her faith in God.

“He's always looked after me,” Geneva Deveney said.

Deveney, born Geneva Kimball, was born in Iowa on Nov. 28, 1910. She is a resident of the Kittanning Care Center, located along the border of Manor and Kittanning townships.

She recalls the difficulties of having grown up through the Great Depression.

“We didn't have too much to go on at that time,” she said.

Deveney was a school teacher who taught in a one-room classroom before working in an ammunition factory in Milwaukee during World War II.

She and her husband, Robert Alexander Deveney, moved to the greater Pittsburgh area after the war.

Robert was an electrical engineer who worked for the Port Authority of Allegheny County.

After Robert's death in 1995, Geneva established the Robert A. and Geneva K. Deveney Engineering Scholarship for graduating Armstrong County high school seniors who plan to study electrical engineering.

Brigid Beatty is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-543-1303 or bbeatty@tribweb.com.

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