Jenny Rivenbark Conner

July 30, 1946 - February 13, 2016
Jenny Rivenbark Conner

Geneva Rivenbark Conner (“Jenny”), age 69, of Gibsonville, NC, formerly of Wilmington, NC, passed away on Saturday, February 13, 2016.

Jenny is survived by her son, Christopher Lee Conner, and his wife, Emily Kerley Conner; her grandchildren, Caroline Jenna Conner (named after Jenny), Henry Theodore Conner, and James Christopher Conner; her sister, Linda Rivenbark Britton, and her husband, Jack M. Britton; her brother, Theodore Christopher Rivenbark, Jr.; her nieces, Sarah Britton Ruiz and Jill Rivenbark Tant, her nephew, Jacob Andrew Britton, and their families. She was preceded in death by her parents, Theodore Christopher Rivenbark, Sr., and Marie Melvin Rivenbark.

After her career in nursing was cut short by early-onset rheumatoid arthritis, Jenny earned her real estate license and worked as a real estate agent, and later worked as a substitute teacher in the New Hanover County public schools. She was a proud member and Secretary of the New Hanover High School class of 1964, and she loved helping plan and attending reunions with her classmates. At their recent reunion, Jenny shared this as her “50 Years of Wisdom” in their memory book: “Always do things to the best of your ability. Be thankful for family and friends. When things are hard, remember that it could always be worse and never give up. Those who are blessed with good health should cherish it.”

Jenny cherished her family most of all, especially her 3 grandchildren – Caroline, Henry, and James. After helping care for her mother, Jenny moved to Gibsonville, NC in the fall of 2012 to be close to them, and for over 3 years, she was a wonderfully engaged and doting “Grammy” who loved them infinitely.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, March 5, 2016, at Myrtle Grove Presbyterian Church (800 Piner Road in Wilmington, NC), the church in which Jenny was raised and taught to love God, and later attended after returning to Wilmington as an adult. The service will be followed by a visitation with the family in the church fellowship hall. Flowers are welcome, but for folks who may want to do something other than send flowers, the family asks that they consider making a donation in Jenny’s honor to support Allied Churches of Alamance County ( as they work to house the homeless and feed the hungry.

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  • February 23, 2016
    Glenda Carter Yoor says:
    Jenny and I met at Sunset Park Jr. High and became friends. I remember Jenny as a very sweet and caring person. We lost contact in high school after my family moved away but I often wondered about her and where she lived now. R.I.P. Jenny. My prayers and condolences to her family.

  • February 28, 2016
    Rose Hampton says:
    Jenny and I were childhood friends who cared a great deal for one another. I am so sorry to hear of her death. Her son and his family were her entire life. His blessed her with great grandchildren and I'm so glad she was near them a while before she died. God bless you all.

  • March 04, 2016
    Jo & L.J.Harper says:
    May God be your comfort during this time of sorrow.