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Mary Louise Umstead

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Mary Louise Umstead

Passed away on January 10, 2019 surrounded by family at her oldest daughter’s home near Durbin.

She was born August 23, 1935 in Charleston, WV to the late John R. and Lessie B. (Ranson) Gillespie.

She married David M. Umstead on March 31, 1956. He preceded her in death on May 04, 1994.

She was also pre-deceased by a daughter, Jane Poling and a granddaughter, Holly White.

Mary is survived by daughters Judith (David) Fuller of Durbin and Jennifer (Gerald) White of Mathias; grandchildren Sheila Poling of Weston, WV; Ben Fuller of Durbin, WV; Adam (Kelly) Fuller of Frank, Amy White of Mathias, and Lucas Fuller of Glenville, WV; and great-grandchildren Zachary and Brooklyn Collins of Weston and Oliver and Silas Fuller of Frank.

Mary graduated from Glenville State College in 1956 and taught in Kanawha, Grant, and Calhoun counties with her longest tenure being at Calhoun County High School in Grantsville, WV, where she retired in 1994. She was civic minded and always active in the communities she lived in which included Moorefield, Grantsville, and Mathias. She was a Christian and had been a member of the First Baptist Church of Grantsville, Lost City Baptist Church, and recently Dunmore United Methodist Church.

Her wishes for cremation were honored and services will be held at a later date.

The family would like to thank WV Caring, Dr. Debra Auble, and nurse Sharon of Valley Health Care for their care.

In lieu of flowers please make memorial donations to “Mathias Community Center” memo “Community Kitchen” and mail to PO Box 98 Mathias, WV 26812.

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