On Thursday, January 19, 2023, Genora Bell Burkholder Prewit, passed away peacefully, at her son’s home in Midland, Texas. Genora was born on August 5, 1927, in Barstow Texas to John G. and Gladys M. Burkholder. She graduated from Barstow High School in 1945 then spent a year at Texas Tech in Lubbock.
Genora married Neil H. “Skeeter” Prewit on June 12, 1949, after he returned from serving in the Navy during World War II. While employed by Welex-Halliburton, Skeeter and Genora were transferred to South America. They returned after six years to make their permanent home in Pecos, Texas. Genora worked at Grogan motors with her husband for several years. In 1983, Genora accepted a position as the curator of the West of the Pecos Museum. With the help of her assistant, Dorinda Venagas Millan, and many loyal volunteers, the museum grew to a focal point of the whole community as well as a world class tourist attraction.
While working at the museum, Genora was honored as the Grand Marshal of the Rodeo Parade and as Citizen of the Year. Genora retired from the West of the Pecos Museum in 1996, and in 2000, she and Skeeter moved to Corpus Christi, Texas, to be near her daughter. Except for two years at Manor Park in Midland, Texas, Genora has lived the last ten years in Spring Branch, Texas with her daughter and son-in-law. She enjoyed several visits a year to stay with her son and daughter-in-law in Midland, Texas. These were very special visits to her, because she also got to see
her precious nieces, nephews, and other family members and friends in West Texas.
Genora was preceded in death by her parents, John G. and Gladys M. Burkholder; her husband, Neil H. “Skeeter” Prewit; and her brother; Bob Burkholder. She is survived by her daughter, Laura Gaye Glenn (Speedy), her son, Paul Prewit (Missy), grandchildren Randi Glenn-Millhouse (Steven), Ashly Shelton (Jake), Connor Prewit (Nicole), great granddaughters, Jodi, Riley, Macey and Lillie, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Everyone is invited to celebrate Genora’s life at memorial services to be held on Tuesday, January 24th at 10:00 AM at The Baptist Church, Barstow, Texas with burial to follow at the Barstow Cemetery. Genora said, “I’ve lived on earth with my wonderful, beautiful family nearly 100 years and now I’ve gone to live with Jesus in Heaven with my Heavenly family for eternity.” Memorial donations may be made to the West of the Pecos Museum or a charity of your choice.