July 28, 1942 - January 25, 2017
Genevieve "Gen" "Jenny" Windsor of Talent, Oregon left the company of family and dear friends and began her next journey January 25, 2017. Her life on earth was rich in experiences. She was born July 28, 1942 in Los Angeles, California to Mary Jane and Emanuel Windsor.
Gen grew up in both Carpinteria and Ojai, Calif. and graduated from Happy Valley School in Ojai. She had wonderful memories of a childhood on the southern California beaches, beginning her lifelong love of the ocean.
On a trip to Europe in the early '60s she met and married Richard Russell. They sailed the Mediterranean and to the Caribbean on a yacht, following their own dreams and chartering trips for clients. When they returned to southern California they built a boat together and Gen became one of only three women on the West Coast of the U.S. who were licensed ship captains in the 1970s. She later completed her nursing degree and worked in the oncology department of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
In 1980 Gen married Clair Killen. They were deeply immersed in workshops at the Esalen Institute in California and for several years taught and worked in the Human Potential Movement. Moving to southern Oregon, they designed and built a round house in the Applegate Valley and created CK Tiffins, a restaurant in historic downtown Medford.
Gen was always involved in community. A confirmed environmentalist she broadened her scope and empathy while serving on the Jackson County Planning Commission in the mid-1990s. She was known for championing the human elements involved in planning and statewide land conservation issues. In later years she volunteered many hours with the local Democratic Party as well as the Jackson County Library.
She never lost her spirit of adventure. Her lifelong fascination and love of whales took her to Baja, Calif. to commune with them and for the sheer joy of watching the whales in their migration. Her profound and varied spiritual interests led her to Esalen in the early years as a teacher and practitioner, and later she lived in retreat at the Lama Foundation near Taos, New Mexico. Gen’s final career was that of caregiver. Many families are grateful for the expert care she provided to their loved ones.
Gen is survived by her sisters, Sarah Paige and Nakoma Two Wolves; her brother, Rick Paige; her cousins, Maggie Thompson and Laurence Frauman; her uncle, Lewis Orr; her daughters, Dana Black and Julie Robbins; and sons, Lars Killen and Jeffrey Killen. There are numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews as well. She was preceded in death by her mother, Mary Jane Paige; father, Emmanuel Windsor; and brother, Steven Windsor.
She was deeply curious, infinitely loving, and created a large circle of friends who enjoyed the energy and passion with which Gen approached life. All who knew her will miss her. In lieu of flowers please send contributions to Jefferson Public Radio, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland Ore. 97520, 541-552-6301.
A celebration of life will be held at 3:00 p.m Sunday, February 26, 2017 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 87 Fourth St, Ashland, Ore.