On Thursday, April 17, 2014 Genevieve Lee Hug lost her struggle with bipolar disorder and took her own life. For those of us who knew and loved this beautiful, sunshine-girl, such a tragic ending comes as a complete shock. When remembering Geneieve, we encourage you to remember the person you met on the first day of school, the girl you fell in love with, and the teacher who earned the love and respect of her students and co-workers.

Born early Wednesday morning October 30, 1985 Geneieve was named after her great-grandmother, one of the first women in Oregon with a Masters degree in teaching. Geneieve was the first child of Nancy Lauka and Rick Hug. She was a big sister to Caroline Lauka, Danielle Hug, and Rachelle Hug. She graduated from Cleveland High School in Portland, Ore. with the class of 2004 and continued on to attend Southern Oregon University. She once said, it is as close as you can get to California without paying out of state tuition.

Geneieve set out to build a beautiful life in her new home in Ashland, Ore. becoming a bright and accomplished member of the community. After receiving her Bachelor's degree in Communications, she went on to complete her Master of Arts in Teaching in 2010, Summa Cum Laude.

Anybody who knew Geneieve knew of her passionate pursuit of perfection. She excelled in every venture she took on; setting, planning, and manifesting her goals and dreams. Her determination made her the youngest teacher at Ashland Middle School. Her classroom was so creative and inspiring that it was featured on a national education blog.

Consistently surrounded by the kindest and most genuine friends, Geneieve is remembered for keeping people together and searching out fun activities for all to do, and for heart shaped sunglasses, of course.

Geneieve, you will be greatly missed, and we may never understand why you have been taken away. We will take solace in the fact that you are in peace and we will live our lives to the fullest in order to celebrate your memory.

All of those who loved Geneieve are welcome to celebrate her life at 12:00 p.m. Saturday, April 26, 2014 at her home, 739 Park Street, Ashland, Ore.