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Gennette Maria Isabel Kadri (Thomas) died in Bountiful, Utah on the evening of October 22, 2022 at the age of 77. Gennette was born in San Jose, Costa Rica on February 18, 1945 and lived there until the age of 18. Her unique heritage in Costa Rica and the experiences she had as a child were a part her daily conversations throughout her life. In 1964 she moved to Mesa, Arizona with her family. There she attended Mesa Community College and Arizona State University, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology and Biochemistry. She promised her sweetheart Eyad she would marry him after she finished her schooling. They were wed on June 2, 1973. They began a life full of adventure and travel where they raised two sons and as a family lived in Page, Arizona; Oceanside, California; and internationally in Riyadh and Damman, Saudi Arabia. In her later years she also lived in Doha, Qatar and Mesa, Arizona with her husband. Together they visited many countries on four continents, making friends everywhere they went,
Because of her love for each person she met, Gennette would host parties on a regular basis, cooking up a variety of dishes to bring people from many different backgrounds together. Another great love was for sewing and quilting. That passion culminated in making her daughter-in-law’s wedding dress. Gennette also enjoyed shopping and gathering costumes, local wares, dishes and décor from the many countries she travelled to. A visit to her home was as exciting as visiting a museum of international culture.
She made each day a learning experience and loved to offer her advice to whomever would listen. Known for her outstanding memory, Gennette was able to recall details of her life that enriched and tutored those around her. Her love for her ancestors and devotion to family was of highest priority. As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints she served among her friends in a variety of capacities.
The last eight years of her life were spent as a FamilySearch missionary: assisting others with their genealogy research.
Gennette was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters. She is survived by her husband Eyad Kadri, her sisters Olga Soto and Adriana Thomas, her brother Carlos Lawrence and her children Zyad (Patricia) and Omar (Keri). She also has seven grandchildren; Taryn, Avery, Ayla, Andrew, Eryx, Iolani and Adessa.
Visitation: 9:00-10:00AM, Saturday, November 12, 2022 Funeral Service: 10:00AM, Saturday, November 12, 2022 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 3920 E. Brown Rd, Mesa, AZ Graveside Service: Immediately following Memorial Service, Saturday, November 12, 2022, Mesa City Cemetery 1212 N Center St, Mesa, AZ