Obituaries | In Memory of

Obituaries, In Memory of

Crystal Devon Sipe

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Crystal Devon Sipe

Age 43, of Wright Street, Weston, WV passed away at 6 PM on Tuesday March 17, 2015 in the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital in Weston.

She was born in Clarksburg, WV on July 20, 1971 a daughter of the late Clifford Barker and Linda Hitt Ables of Weston.

On August 25, 2006 she married Robert Wayne Sipe and they celebrated eight years of marriage.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by one son Tucker Wade Barker; stepdaughter, Whitney Sipe; two brothers: Robert Wilson Barker of England and Robert Lynn Smith II of Weston; two sisters: Rachel Barker of VA and Sarah Barker of Charleston.

In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by two sons: Dillion and Dakota Barker.

Crystal was employed by the Dairy Queen in Weston. She enjoyed reading and watching movies.

Crystal’s request for cremation has been honored.

Friends and family will gather at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Rd. in Jane Lew from 1-2 PM on Sunday March 22, 2015.

A Memorial Service will follow at 2 PM with Reverend Wease Day officiating.

The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored and privileged to serve the family of Crystal Sipe.

Pauline Mae Ratliff

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Pauline Mae Ratliff

Age 77, of Glenville, WV passed away on Thursday, March 12, 2015 at the Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, WV following an illness.

She was born in Braxton County, WV on April 03, 1937.

Pauline is survived by her husband, Arnold “Whiz” Ratliff; daughter, Janice Ratliff of Glenville; son, Dave Ratliff of Gilmer Station. Also surviving are grandchildren, Kenny Ratliff, Jennifer Ratliff, David Ratliff, Jr., and Brittney Burros and husband Jonah. Pauline was also blessed with great-grandchildren, London, Madison, and Lincoln. Pauline also left behind two beloved canine companions, Daisy and Josie.

Pauline was proceeded in death by one sister, Karen Workman.

Pauline loved her family and her dogs; she enjoyed caring for them and spending precious time with them. She also loved her church, going to yard sales, sewing, keeping a clean house and visiting with friends. Pauline was loved and cherished by her family and friends and will be missed by all.

Family received friends at the Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home 378 Flatwoods Corner Road, Flatwoods, WV 26621 on Sunday, March 15, 2015 from 12-2 PM.

Funeral services followed visitation and was held in the Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Bryan Groves officiating.

Interment followed services in the Little Kanawha Memorial Gardens in Heaters, WV.

The Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home of Flatwoods, WV will be serving the Ratliff Family.

Sarah Lou Daugherty

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Sarah Lou Daugherty

Age 74, of Harrisville, WV, departed this life on Wednesday, March 18, 2015, at Eagle Pointe Nursing Home in Parkersburg, WV.

Sarah was born October 11, 1940 in Ritchie County, WV (Mahone Community) a daughter of the late Alva H. and Marcella J. (Martin) Sinnett.

Sarah spent her life as a loving and caring homemaker for her family. She was a graduate of Harrisville High School with the class of 1959 and greatly enjoyed the annual HHS Alumni and class reunions. She greatly enjoyed writing poetry and was an avid walker who met many friends while walking at the Harrisville Town Park.

She was a former member of the King Knob United Methodist Church and attended St. Luke’s United Methodist Church of Harrisville.

Sarah was also a big part in the lives of her grandchildren who she loved dearly.

She is survived by her children, Cheryl Ann Marshall of Ripley, WV; Terry Wayne Daugherty (Melissa) and Roger Lee Daugherty (Dorothy), both of Harrisville, WV; grandchildren, Chad Prunty (Becca) & Chase Marshall, both of Mineral Wells, WV; Trace, Emily, Tangi, & Ryan Daugherty, all of Harrisville, WV; sisters, Ernestine Cowan of Parkersburg, WV; Betty Hart of Millersburg, OH; Vieva Massie of Massillon, OH ; Barbara Whitehair; Nancy Timmons of Harrisville, WV; Brinda Price of Washington, WV; Margaret Wright of Petroleum, WV; brother, Alva H. Sinnett, Jr. of Millersburg, OH, and her great grandchildren, Asher & Abel Prunty of Mineral Wells, WV.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Alfred Wayne Daugherty and her half brother, Wilber “Babes” Martin.

Funeral services will be 1 PM Saturday, March 21, 2015, at the Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville, WV with Rev. John Frum officiating.

Burial will follow in the Harrisville IOOF Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4 PM - 8 PM Friday, at the funeral home.

Helen L. Woodring

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Helen L. Woodring

Age 85 of Burning Springs, WV passed away March 14, 2015 at the Worthington Center of Parkersburg, WV.

She was born in Wood County, WV December 24, 1929 the daughter of the late John and Mary (Ames) Dooley.

She attended Good Hope Church of Reedy WV.

She enjoyed being at home and spending time with her friends and family.

She is survived by sisters, Barbara Dooley of Parkersburg, Sandy Dooley (Dale Clark) of Palestine, WV, Sharon Dooley of Pennsboro, WV, Nancy Smarr (Jack) of West Union, WV; brothers, Jack Dooley of Newark, WV, Homer Dooley of Burning Springs, Kevin Dooley of Burning Springs, and David Dooley (Tonda) of Burning Springs; and several nieces and nephews.

Helen was preceded in death by both her parents; her husband Marcus J. Woodring; sisters, Margaret Griffin, Juanita Dooley and Mary Arnold; brothers, Bobby Dooley, Keith Dooley, John Dooley, George Dooley, and William Dooley.

Services will be held 11:00 AM Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at Matheny Whited Funeral Home of Elizabeth ,WV with Rev. John Price officiating.

Visitation was Monday March 16, 2015 from 6-8 PM.

Interment will be at Beatty Cemetery of Burning Springs.

Charles Edward “Eddie” Morris

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Charles Edward “Eddie” Morris

Age 84, of Weston, WV passed away at 3:15 PM on Saturday March 14, 2015 in the Crestview Manor Nursing Home in Jane Lew following an extended illness.

He was born in Clarksburg, WV on December 05, 1930 a son of the late Aubrey Morris and Lorree Dodson Morris Oldaker.

On December 17, 1962 he married the former Louise Clark and they celebrated 42 years of marriage before her passing on June 14, 2005.

He is survived by two children: Pamela Morris of Buckhannon and John C. Morris and wife Deena of Weston; foster daughter, Rosie Carder and husband Denny of Sassafrass; two grandchildren: Tamber Dawn Morris and John Tyler Morris; three step grandchildren: Brandace Sellers and companion Frank, Charla Sellers Chipps and husband Eric, and Chelsea Sellers Jones and husband Bubby; stepfather, Elza Oldaker, who raised him; and Jordan, his German Shepherd, who misses him dearly.

Ed was an honored veteran of the United States Air Force and served in the Korean War. He was later employed by the Lewis County Sheriff’s Department then retired from Craig Motor Company/Fisher Auto Parts in Weston with 42 years of service.

Friends and family will gather at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Road in Jane Lew from 11 AM -12 Noon on Tuesday March 17, 2015.

Funeral Services will follow at 12 Noon from the Pat Boyle Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Roby Dukish officiating.

Interment will follow in the Friendship Cemetery in Berlin.

Full military honors will be accorded by the United States Air Force and the Lewis County Honor Guard.

The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored and privileged to serve the family of Ed Morris.

Kenneth R. Cottrill

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Kenneth R. Cottrill

Age 86, of 543 Berlin Road Weston, WV passed away on Sunday, March 15, 2015 in Crestview Manor Nursing Home of Jane Lew following an extended illness.

He was born in Lewis County, WV on September 05, 1928: son of the late Wayne Cottrill and Anna (Gum) Cottrill.

On August 20, 1949, he married Mildred I. (Waugh) Cottrill, who survives.

Mr. Cottrill is also survived by three daughters: Margie (Lowell) Smith of Buckhannon, Susie (Chuck) Landsettle of Calcutta, OH and Ronda (Steve) Osburn of Buckhannon, 4 grandchildren: Chad Landsettle, Stephanie Groves, Whitney Chapman and Breanna Smith and six great grandchildren: Kasey Davis, Danner and Stevie Groves, Logan and Marisa Landsettle and Lakelyn Chapman.

In addition to his parents, Kenneth was preceded in death by one brother: Roger Cottrill, two sisters: Margaret Morrison and Madeline Gordon and one infant brother.

Mr. Cottrill retired as linesman with C & P Telephone Company with 33 years of service and after his retirement was a consultant with Thomas and Betts. Earlier he worked with B & O Railroad.

Kenneth was a member of the Stonecoal United Methodist Church of Weston.

He was a charter member of the East Weston Lion’s Club, member of the Telephone Company Pioneers and an honorary lifetime member of the Jaycees. Kenneth was a member of Weston Lodge #10 AF & AM and the Nemesis Shrine of Parkersburg. He also was a driver for Meals On Wheels at the Lewis County Senior Center of Weston, WV.

Family and friends will be received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 from 4-8 PM.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday at 11 AM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Reverend Bob King officiating.

Interment will follow services in the Weston Masonic Cemetery of Weston, WV.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Stonecoal United Methodist Church 1251 Old Route 33 Weston, WV 26452or the Lewis County Senior Center 171 W. 2nd Street Weston, WV 26452.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored to serve the family of Kenneth R. Cottrill.

Mary Alice Ernestine Daniels

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Mary Alice Ernestine Daniels

Age 78, went to heaven to join her late husband, David L. Daniels, Sr.; brothers, Charles Morris and Carl Ray Morris; and a sister, Sarah Lee Pritt.

Mary was born December 25, 1936, at Cannelton, a daughter of the late Charles and Violet Wright Morris, the fourth child of a coal mining family.

Survivors include her children, David L. Daniels, Jr., Timothy A. Daniels, Diana Dalatowski and Tina Mitchell; 15 grandchildren and four great grandchildren; and a sister, Nancy Blankenship.

Mary passed March 10, 2015 at 7:45 PM at the Arbors of Marietta, from advanced dementia.

She attended church religiously. Mary enjoyed life, singing and praising her Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.

A funeral service was conducted at 2:00 PM Saturday, March 14 at the John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer, with Pastor Geoff Wayne officiating.

Mary’s final resting place will be in Clover Cemetery, Clover.

She was loved by all and will be missed.

God rest her soul.

Leona M. Barazzone

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Leona M. Barazzone

Age 93, longtime resident of Berea, WV, passed away quietly on Wednesday, March 11, 2015, at the Pocahontas Memorial Hospital in Buckeye, WV, after a short bout of pneumonia.

Leona was born November 14, 1921 in Berea, WV (Ritchie County) a daughter of the late Ernest Ray and Elsie Ota (Maxson) Bonnell.

She was a retired postmaster of the former Berea and Pullman post office in Ritchie County, WV. She attended Harrisville High School for two years and later graduated from Pullman High School with the class of 1939 as the Salutatorian. She attended Salem College and after college moved to Charleston, WV for work from 1941-1975. She was the longtime secretary/treasure of the Pine Grove Community Cemetery Association of Berea, WV and served as the Grange Master of the North Fork Grange of Berea, WV. She greatly enjoyed gardening, making quilts.

She was a member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church.

Leona was a kind and generous person and was sweet to all she met.

She is survived by her son, Barry Barazzone of Circleville, WV; daughter, Irma Barazzone of Morgantown, WV, step-son, Sam Barazzone and step-daughter, Esther Lynn Barazzone and her brother, Orville “Bud” Bonnell of Pennsboro, WV.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Vincent Barazzone in 1965; step-son Patrick Vincent Barazzone;sisters, Dortha Hodge; Willa Dean Spiker; Arleta Bartlett, and Wilma King.

Funeral services will be 1 PM, Monday, March 16, 2015, at the McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro, with Pastor Donald Maxson officiating.

Burial will follow in the Pine Grove Cemetery, Berea, WV.

Public visitation was from 4-8 PM on Sunday, March 15, 2015, at the funeral home with a gathering of family at 3:30 PM on Sunday.

Pauline Whelan Kurtz

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Pauline Whelan Kurtz

departed this earthly world on Friday, March 13, 2015, with her loving husband of 63 years, David H. Kurtz, by her side.

Born May 30, 1933 in Weston, WV to Paul Joseph and Mabel Nixon Whelan, who preceded her in death, she was also preceded in death by her older sister Mary Catherine Chapman and younger brother Dannie Paul Whelan.

Mother to Constance S. Kurtz of Weston and Laura Kurtz Kuhns of Fairmont, who survive along with son-in-law Donald, she was beloved grandmother to Sarah Virginia (Boyd) Fallon and great-grandmother to Abigail, Emily and Joshua, all of Weston. Also surviving are her nieces and nephew, Melissa Whelan Woody (husband David) of Weston, Susan Chapman Daugherty of Parkersburg, and Randall Chapman (wife Carol), along with several grand-nieces and nephews, and sister-in-law and her husband, Sheila and William Hicks of Jane Lew.

A graduate of Weston High School Class of 1951, Pauline lived briefly in Germany with Dave during his stint in the US Army, and later accompanied him throughout his adventures in stock car racing in the 1950s. Later they became state skeet champions and enjoyed fishing, camping and golfing together. She worked with Dave at his gun shop, Dave’s Sport Shop, throughout the sixties and seventies, and later worked for the local cable company in Weston and Sutton. After closing the sport shop, she and Dave spent time in Marco Island, Florida, where they enjoyed fishing and boating.

In the early 1990s, she and Dave opened a popular local restaurant and bar, Eli’s, which they operated for 10 years. She also worked with him later in his most recent business in Weston, and after retiring in recent years, greatly enjoyed spending time with her great-grandchildren and other family members and Peg, her devoted Boston Terrier (her other Boston, Buster preceded her in death).

A Catholic by faith, Pauline’s life will be celebrated with a graveside memorial on Monday, March 16,2015 at 1:00 PM at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens of Jane Lew, WV with Reverend J. Stephen Vallelonga as celebrant.

Interment will follow services.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored and privledged to serve the family of Pauline Whelan Kurtz.

Glen David Burkhammer

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Glen David Burkhammer

Age 65, of Weston, WV passed away on Friday, March 06, 2015 following an extended illness.

He was born in Weston on July 12, 1949: a son of the late Glen Burkhammer, Sr. and Pauleen (Tomey) Burkhasmmer.

Mr. Burkhammer is survived by one brother: Steven Burkhammer and wife Elsie, one sister: Betty Griffith and husband Ron, three sons: Glen Junior Burkhammer and wife Christina and John Henry Burkhammer both of Wooster, OH and Jason David Burkhammer of Mount Vernon, OH and one daughter: Betty Sue Weimer of Weston. He is also survived by several grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

He was thrice married: first to Edna Sue Garrison, who preceded him in death, second, Phyllis (Rupe) Burkhammer, and third: Tammy Montgomery who both survive.

Mr. Burkhammer was a self -employed mechanic and cut right-of-ways for oil and gas companies. He worked as a custodian for the Lewis County Board of Education and worked at the Lewis County Senior Center as a van driver. He also was a custodian and groundskeeper for the Lewis County Park and drove taxi for the city of Grafton.

Mr. Burkhammer was a veteran serving in the United States Navy with the Seals. He loved the outdoors: hunting, camping, fishing, hiking, and nature walks. He loved to dance and riding motorcycles. He was always willing to lend a hand to help those in need. He was a loving father, grandfather, brother and uncle. He was a hard worker and good provider for his family and touched many hearts with his kindness and generosity.

At Mr. Burkhammer’s request, he will be cremated.

At a later date, an interment will be held at the West Virginia National Cemetery of Pruntytown, WV.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored to serve the family of Glen David Burkhammer.

Larry G. Metz

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Larry G. Metz

Age 77, passed away March 13, 2015 at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital, Pittsburgh.

He was born December 05, 1937 in Braxton County, WV a son of the late George Metz and Hallie Steele Metz.

He was preceded in death by brothers, Rex Metz and Bobby Bailey, and sisters, Marie Thompson and Lucille Bailey.

Larry is survived by his wife of 56 years, Helen Whitesel Metz; sons, Trent Metz and wife, Lisa of Sutton and Brent Metz and wife, Connie of Raleigh, NC: daughter, Kelli Metz Norman of Parkersburg, sisters; Ethlene Duckworth of Gassaway, Judy Pumphrey and husband, Bert, Peggy Kniceley and husband, Charlie, Jeannie Burke and husband, Steve; brother, Sammy Bailey and wife, Janice all of Weston.

Grandchildren; Broc Metz of Sutton, Cord Metz and wife, Kelsey of Burnsville, Josh Metz and wife, Amory of Raleigh, NC, Courtney Metz of Raleigh, NC, Codi Norman and wife, Abby of Parkersburg, and Caleb Norman of Parkersburg; 4 great grandchildren, Ava Adams and Brantley Norman of Parkersburg, Teagan Metz of Sutton, and Monterae Metz of Burnsville. Also survived by several nieces and nephews.

He retired from CSX Railroad with 33 years of service. He was a sergeant in the Army National Guard. He was the owner of Western Steer, Sports Connection, Sears Catalog Service and Helen’s Fabric.

He was a member of the Gassaway Masonic Lodge for 50 years and a member of Gassaway Baptist Church.

Service will be 2 PM Monday, March 16, 2015 at the Gassaway Baptist Church with the Reverend Mark Stump officiating.

Burial with military rites will be in the Metz Family Cemetery at Chapel.

Friends may call from 6 to 9 PM Sunday, March 15, at the Gassaway Baptist Church.

Arrangements by Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

Marie (Smith) Skinner

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Marie (Smith) Skinner

Age 71, of Glenville, WV, went to be with the Lord on March 10, 2015 at the United Hospital Center in Clarksburg, WV, following an extended illness.

Marie was born on April 04, 1943 in Flower, WV. She was the daughter of the late William H. Smith and Stella J. (Snyder) Smith.

Also preceding her in death is her husband, Roma Doyle Skinner, who passed away on February 07, 2015; her infant daughter, Sandra Lou; brothers, Joseph Smith and Leroy Smith; sister, Erma Smith.

Those left to honor her memory is son, Fred Skinner and wife Debbie of Lancaster, OH; daughters, Mary Ellen Mortenson of Cincinnati, OH and Diane Hutchinson and husband Jim of Johnstown, OH; seven grandchildren, Wendy, Jared, Jamie, Jimmy, Jeremiah, Cathy and Chad; four great-grandchildren, Brittanie, Ben, Brandon and Addison; brothers, Frank Smith of Dry Ridge, KY, Johny Smith (Linda) of Copen, WV, Carl Smith (Ellen) of Dry Ridge, KY; sisters, Virginia Metz of Lost Creek, WV, Lorena Thomas of Walton, OH; two loving feline companions.

Marie was a member of the First Baptist Church of Glenville.

She worked as a cook for the Gilmer County Board of Education for many years. She enjoyed cooking at home and as her occupation, camping, and especially helping others. She was known for cooking and cleaning to help the elderly of her community.

The family will receive friends from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM on Friday, March 13, 2015 at Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home at 378 Flatwoods Corner Road in Flatwoods, WV 26621.

Funeral Services will follow in the Stockert-Paletti Funeral Chapel with Reverend Kenneth Fisher officiating.

Interment will follow in the Little Kanawha Memorial Gardens in Heaters, WV.

The Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home of Flatwoods is honored to be serving the Skinner Family.

Hazel Snider

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Hazel Snider

Age 89, of Big Springs, WV went home to be with the Lord March 11, 2015 at Minnie Hamilton Health System in Grantsville, WV.

Born in Wirt County, WV on August 10, 1925, she was the daughter of the late Henry and Emily Veon.

She was a homemaker and member of the Hoy Chapel United Methodist Church at Leading Creek.

Surviving are daughters Janice (Tom) Blair of Big Bend, WV, Jeanie (Alfred) Hickman of Big Springs; sons James (Linda) Snider of Big Springs, Wayne (Helen) Snider of Big Springs, Donald (Linda) Snider of Harrisville, WV and Timothy (Lisa) Snider of Big Springs; one brother, Arnold Veon; one sister, Mary Winland. Also surviving are 13 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren.

She is preceded in death, in addition to her parents, by her husband Willard Snider; infant daughter Susan Snider; infant grandson Michael Wayne Snider as well three brothers and two sisters.

Funeral services will be held 3:00 PM Sunday, March 15, 2015 at Stump Funeral Home in Grantsville with Rev. Rick Metheney and Rev. Carroll McCauley officiating.

Burial will follow in the Saunders Cemetery at Big Springs.

Friends and family may call at the funeral home from 1:00-3:00 PM prior to the service.

Donald Hill

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Donald Hill

Age 77 of Calhoun County, WV, passed away March 07, 2015 at his residence.

He retired from Operating Engineers local 123 of Charleston WV.

He enjoyed camping, fishing, playing poker and shooting pool.

Don prided himself in being an honest hard working man, and wished to be remembered as a good man, always willing to help others in need.

He is survived by his daughter, Melissa Kerby (Brian) of Calhoun County; granddaughter, Nicloe Nelson (Willie) of Calhoun County; 2 grandsons, Chris Scragg of North Carolina and Matthew Hill of Calhoun County; and several special friends and family.

He was preceded in death by his wife Judith Hill and 2 daughters Kimberly and Robin Hill.

There will be no services.

Matheny Whited Funeral Home of Elizabeth WV assisted the family.

Lillian Anne Webb

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Lillian Anne Webb

Age 68, of Pennsboro, WV, departed this life on Saturday, March 07, 2015, at Camden Clark Medical Center in Parkersburg, WV.

Lillian was born November 28, 1946 in Baltimore, MD, a daughter of the late Norbert Phillips and Thelma (Baer) Phillips of Harrisville, WV.

She spent her life as a wonderful, wonderful homemaker for her family. She was a loving daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband of 31 years, Lawrence Webb; daughters, Cheryl Rau and Michelle Brown, both of Baltimore, MD; grandchildren, Jason Miller and David Rau of Baltimore, MD; Lawrence Brown of Pennsboro, WV; Lillian Brown of South Korea; Yvette Brown of Ravenswood, WV; Fernando Brown and Raymond Brown, both of Pennsboro, WV; Brandon Rau of Baltimore, MD; Miguelina Brown of Clarksburg, WV; Felix Brown of Pennsboro, WV, and her great grandchildren, Kennedy Miller of Baltimore, MD and Logan and Quinn Brown of Pennsboro, WV.

In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her son, Joseph Johnston and great grandson, Jacob Brown.

Funeral services will be 2 PM Thursday, March 12, 2015, at McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro, with Pastor Doug Guinn officiating.

Burial will follow in the Mt. Harmony Masonic Cemetery, Pennsboro, WV.

Visitation will be from 12 PM - 2 PM on Thursday, at the funeral home.

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