Dená “Jane” Gilchrist

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Dená “Jane” Gilchrist

Age 54, of Stonewood, WV passed away after a brief illness on Friday, March 08, 2019 at her daughter’s house surrounded by loving family and under the compassionate care of WV Hospice. She was a local fiber artist and weaver and the owner of Loomyladi Handwoven Studio in Stonewood.

She was born in Barberton, OH on March 05, 1965 the daughter of Joy Gregoire DeFazio of Stonewood and the late Charles H. Gilchrist.

Jane treasured her time spent with her mother, Joy DeFazio and step father, John, of Stonewood; two children: Jeaneth Boyer Maxwell and husband, Steven, and Stephen “Charlie” Boyer both of Weston; two step children who she raised as her own: Dorsel Boyer, Barbara Larrison and their families; two grandchildren: Nicholas and Robert Maxwell; four siblings: Jene Gilchrist and wife, Wendy, of Ladson, SC, Joe Gilchrist of Goose Creek, SC, Mark Gilchrist of Columbus, OH, and Mike Gilchrist of Mansfield, OH; and one step sister, Cynthia DeFazio.

In addition to her father, Jane was preceded in death by three grandparents: Samuel V. and Esther Gilchrist, and Vivian Winemiller Rollins.

A graduate of Fairmont State University with a B.S. degree in Folk Life Studies and a master’s degree in education, she was also a licensed auctioneer and a storyteller who focused on West Virginia folklife. Jane enjoyed teaching and sharing her spinning and weaving skills at various festivals in West Virginia and other locales. She liked to travel and was often accompanied by her business partner Bruce Bannerman of Culloden, WV and, on occasion, by her mentor and friend, Julia E. Bragg of Weston. Among her special memories were her trips to Barbados and Eastern Europe. Jane was recently featured on WV Public Radio for her life’s accomplishments. The article can be found at

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Frank & Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center. Donations should be mailed to: 1201 Locust Avenue, Fairmont, WV 26554.

Jane’s request for cremation has been honored and a Celebration of Life Service in Jane’s honor will be held at the Mountain State Building-Jackson’s Mill from 2-6 PM on Saturday, April 06, 2019 with Reverend Bob King presiding.

The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service located at 144 Hackers Creek Rd. in Jane Lew is honored and privileged to serve the family of Dená “Jane” Gilchrist.

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