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Daniel Ray Riffle

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Daniel Ray Riffle

Age 45, of 257 West Fourth St. Weston, WV passed away at 3:45 PM Saturday April 27, 2013 in the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital following a brief illness.

He was born on December 20, 1967 in Weston, a son of Ray Riffle who lives in Weston and the Joyce Lee Hoover who lives in Jane Lew.

He was preceded in death by his step-mother, Helen Riffle.

Surviving are four siblings: Rodney Riffle, Crystal Myers, and Tracy Riffle, all of Weston and Greg Riffle of Buckhannon; several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Danny was employed as a cook at the Stonewall Jackson Resort and his family particularly enjoyed his blackened catfish and trout. He loved the outdoors, especially when he could go hunting and fishing. He was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan and a passionate Nascar enthusiast, following Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Friends may call at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home at 144 Hackers Creek Rd. Jane Lew Monday April 29, 2013 from 5:00-8:00 PM.

Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 PM Tuesday from the Pat Boyle Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Dwayne Brown officiating.

Interment will follow in the McHenry Cemetery in Sand Fork, WV.

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

Bobby C. Deweese

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Bobby C. Deweese

Age 68, of the Milo Community, Chloe, WV, passed away April 26, 2013 at Cabell Huntington Hospital in Huntington WV.

Born in Calhoun County, WV, he was a son of the late Brice and Nell Jarvis Deweese.

Surviving are a son, Joseph Deweese of Winfield; two sisters, Nancy Carpenter of Spencer and Birdene Madge Nichols of Hallburg; three grandchildren, Morgan Elizabeth Deweese, Taylor Joseph Deweese and Tara Danielle Deweese; one great grandchild, Milah Lyne Deweese.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, 11:30 AM at the Stump Funeral Home in Arnoldsburg with Rev. Rick Metheney officiating.

Interment will follow in the Fink Cemetery at Milo.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 10:00 AM Tuesday until the time of the services.

Evelyn D. Wood

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Evelyn D. Wood

Age 63, of Shock, Gilmer County, WV, passed away April 25, 2013 at her home following an extended illness.

Born at Lower Run, Calhoun County, WV, she was a daughter of Blondina (Dean) Duelley Richards and the late Burlen (Bunk) Richards.

Surviving is her husband Gerald (Gene) Wood whom she married August 22, 1970. Three children, Curtis Wood, Shannon Catherine Dobbins (Jerry) of Shock, Chris Wood (Becky) of Morgantown.  Eight grandchildren; Carrissa Wood, Shawn, Makayla and Rebeah Skeens, Sierra and Hannah Wood all of Shock, Ken McDaniel and Jamie Wood of Morgantown, WV.  Evelyn’s mother, Blondina (Dean) Richards of Mt. Zion, WV.  Three brothers; Roxel, Mike (Kay) and Denver Richards, all of Mt. Zion.  Two aunts and one uncle.

She will be sadly missed and loved by all that knew her.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, 1:00 PM at the Stump Funeral Home in Arnoldsburg with Rev. Rodney England officiating.

Interment will be in the Wood Cemetery at Stumptown.

Friends may call at the funeral home one hour prior to the services.

Franklin James “Hoot” Gibson

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Franklin James “Hoot” Gibson

Age 55, a resident of Cassity, passed from this life Monday, April 22, 2013, at his home.

He was born Saturday, September 07, 1957, in Braxton County, WV, a son of the late Scott Henry Gibson and Elizabeth Florence Belknap Gibson.

Left to cherish Hoot’s memory are his two children, Frank Gibson and companion, Megan Fincham, of Mill Creek, and Amanda Salisbury and companion, Mike Wilson, of Beverly; four grandchildren, Breanna Gibson, Trenten Matura, Trenton Marino and Keaton Salisbury, three sisters, Martha McCauley and husband, Kenny, of Ohio, Kathy Swecker and companion, Charles Lambert, of Middle Mountain, and Melinda Phillips and husband, Jr., of Valley Bend; three brothers, Rick Gibson and wife, Kim, of Ohio, Wayne Gibson and wife, Susan, of Cassity, and Vince Gibson and wife, Angie, of Point Mountain; and several nieces and nephews.

Hoot was preceded in death by two brothers, Winford Gibson and Edward Gibson.

Hoot attended the schools of Coalton and had worked as a coal miner for Bedford Coal Company and Carter-Roag. He loved hunting and fishing, being outdoors and entertaining his many friends.

Visitation was conducted at the Randolph Funeral Home Thursday, April 25, from 4:00 until 6:00 PM, the funeral hour.

Members of Hoot’s family officiated, and his request for cremation followed.

The Randolph Funeral Home and Cremation Services has been entrusted with the arrangements for Franklin James “Hoot” Gibson.

Judy K. Cayton

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Judy K. Cayton

Age 66, of 159 Milford St. Clarksburg, WV, formerly of Weston, pWV, assed away unexpectedly at 8:25 AM on Thursday April 25, 2013, in the United Hospital Center in Clarksburg.

She was born in Glenville, WV on August 14, 1946 a daughter of the late Denver R. and Leota Self Thompson.

She is survived by two daughters: Stacie Mclean of Clarksburg and Stephanie Cutright of Buckhannon; one brother, Michael D. Thompson of Weston; and four grandchildren: Meghan and Aaron Cutright, and Rachael and Seth Barker.

Judy graduated from Lewis County High School and worked at the Lewis County Senior Citizens Center for several years.  She loved to cook and her family always looked forward to her homemade stuffing and no bake cookies.  She appreciated beautiful fresh flowers and enjoyed watching the Young and the Restless.  Her beloved dog, Odie, misses her already.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Weston.

Judy has chosen cremation and the family will have a private Memorial Service at the Rock Grove Cemetery at a later date.

Her granddaughter, Meghan, has this message: God looked around his garden and found an empty space.  Then he looked down upon this Earth and saw your tired face.  He put his arms around you and lifted you to rest.  God’s garden must be beautiful grandma, because he only takes the best.

The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Rd. in Jane Lew is honored and privileged to serve the Cayton family. 

Michael Anthony Hager

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Michael Anthony Hager

Age 48, of Buckhannon, WV passed away on April 23, 2013 at his residence.

He was born in Parkersburg, WV on November 21, 1964: son of the late Jimmie Dare Hager and Doris Jo (Collins) Smarr and Frank Smarr of Weston, WV.

Michael is also survived by one son: Michael Brian Hager of Weston and two grandchildren: Zebariah Groves and Emaline Hager. Also surviving is one brother: J. D. Hager of Jane Lew, WV; three sisters: Pam Leunissen of Weston, Sheila Bailey of Jane Lew and Sebrina Hager of Clarksburg , two step sisters: Janie Butcher and Nancy Furby both of Weston and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Hager was a farmer. He was a graduate of Lewis County High School with the “Class of 1983.” He loved hunting, fishing and the outdoors and was a WVU fan.

A Celebration of Life Service for Michael will be held at a later date.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored to be serving the family of Michael Anthony Hager.

Meskel Leona Goodnight

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Meskel Leona Goodnight

Age 77, of Brohard, WV passed away April 24, 2013 at her home following an extended illness.

Born in Ritchie County, WV, she was a daughter of the late Howard and Ivy Pearl Valentine Haynes.

She was a former employee of Wirt Inflatables and was a Methodist by faith.

Surviving are her husband, Johnnie Franklin Goodnight and her children, Barbara McCray of Brohard, Vonda Sue Jones and Lewis J. Metz, both of Elizabeth, Dennis Paul Metz of Parkersburg, Vernon Glen Metz of Florida and Terry Lee Metz of Dutchman; 12 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren as well as several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by a son, Ronnie Gale Metz.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, 1:00 PM at the Stump Funeral Home in Grantsville, WV.

Rev. Keith Belt will officiate.

Interment will follow in the Mt. Zion Cemetery at Brohard.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 11:00 AM Saturday until the time of the services.

Karen A. Nottingham

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Karen A. Nottingham

Age 51, of Hedgesville, WV, went home to the Lord Sunday, April 14, 2013 after a short illness with cancer.

She was born on April 21, 1961 in Braxton County, WV.

She is survived by her loving husband, Aaron, her two sons, Aaron II and Christopher, and a daughter, Autumn, all at home. Father, Orville Mollohan of Duck, WV, sisters Carrie Mace of Frametown, WV, Sarah Bender and Jennifer Rhodes, both of Sutton, WV, Sue Hanna and Cindy Phillips, both of Cleveland, OH, and Valerie Linsinbigher of FL, brothers, John Mollohan of Duck, WV, Charles Mollohan of Martinsburg, and Orville Mollohan II, of Hedgesville, mother in law Donna K. Nottingham of Akron, OH, grandmother Grace James of Frametown, WV, and several aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.

Karen was preceded in death by her mother, Ann Mollohan, father in law, Gale Nottingham, grandfathers, Spencer James and Ivan Mollohan, and grandmother, Elsie Mollohan.

Her body was cremated and a Memorial Service was held on Saturday, April 20, 2013, at 2 PM in Providence Bible Church, Hedgesville, WV, where she was a member.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Panhandle, 122 Waverly Court, Martinsburg, WV 25403.

Arrangements entrusted to Rosedale Funeral Home, 917 Cemetery Road, Martinsburg, WV 25404.

Bayward Butler

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Bayward Butler

Age 95 of Exchange, WV died April 18, 2013 at home.

He was born November 8, 1917 in Belfont, Braxton County, WV.

He served in the U.S. Navy from 1943-1946, advancing to the rank of Chief Petty Officer. Since that time, he has been a resident of Braxton County and devoted his life to family, farming, education and community service.

He was a graduate of Gassaway High School and Glenville State College and retired from Braxton County Public Schools in 1980 where he served as a teacher and coach.

Following his retirement from teaching, he accepted new challenges and responsibilities in his community, county and state. He was an active member of the Farm Bureau serving as county president for over 20 years and was also the Elk Soil Conservation District Supervisor for over 30 years during which he received many perfect attendance awards.

Mr. Butler received many honors for his service to community and state. In 1994, he was recognized as the Braxton County Citizen of the Year, in 2000 he received the WV Farm Bureau’s Distinguished Service Award, in 2003 he was awarded the Soil Conservations’ District Supervisor Award and in 2009 he was enshrined in the West Virginia Agriculture and Forestry Hall of Fame.

In addition to the Farm Bureau and Soil Conservation Service, he was also a member of the Cutlips Baptist Church, where he served as a Sunday School teacher for over 50 years, the Cattleman’s Association, Braxton County Association of Retired School Personnel, the Gideons, FFA Alumni, 4-H Allstars, the American Legion, the Braxton Coalition and the Braxton County Solid Waste Authority. He rose to leadership positions in almost all of these groups due to his quiet demeanor, persuasive personality and leadership ability.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 69 years, Mary Butler, who passed away December 16, 2012 and his parents, Bill and Etho Butler; a sister, Winifred Tinney; brothers Bayard, Bailey, Broaddus along with other infant siblings and two great-grandchildren.

He is survived by sisters Emma Lou Watrous, Lumber Bridge, NC; Thelma Holloway, Uniontown, OH; brother, Blondie Butler, Carthage, MO: children Bill and wife Sharon, Buckhannon, WV; John and wife Kathy, Hampstead, MD; Bernard and wife Roberta, Burnsville, WV; George and wife Donna, Exchange, WV; Kandee Johnson and husband Jeff, Exchange, WV and Steve and wife Sherri, French Creek, WV. Also surviving are 19 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mr. Butler were held Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 1:30 PM at Stockert-Sizemore Funeral Home, Flatwoods, with Rev. Bryon Bukovesky and Rev. David Gunner officiating.

Burial followed the service in Fairview Cemetery, Gassaway.

Friends called the funeral home from 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM Saturday, April 20, 2013.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Burnsville Hospice Care, P.O. Box 323, Burnsville, WV 26335.

Robert “Bob” Eugene Cox

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Robert “Bob” Eugene Cox

Age 74, of 505 Alum Fork Rd, Camden, WV, slipped away after a brief illness.

He was born in Doddridge County, WV on September 05, 1938: son of the late Sterling and Wavelene (Nicholson) Cox.

Mr. Cox is survived by one daughter Debbie (Cox) Arnot, and one son Sam Grogg and wife Delores. He is also survived by six grandchildren Jessica, Heather, Samantha, Harley, Caitlann, Breanna, and two great-grandchildren Delijah and Lydiah. Also surviving is one sister Freda M. Crislip and husband Dale of Weston, two special nephews David Crislip and Jeff Crislip and wife Brenda, and several nieces and nephews.

Bob was a skilled Union carpenter having worked all over the United States. When Bob was younger he enjoyed to hunt and fish, but later in life he just enjoyed feeding the fish in his pond. Bob was a person always looking for a bargain he enjoyed going to yard sales and flea markets. Bob was also an avid reader he would read anything from a magazine, a book, or even an encyclopedia.

Friends will be received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 North Main Avenue on Saturday, April 27, 2013 from 12:00 - 3:00 PM.

Funeral services will follow visitation at 3:00 PM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Russell Furr officiating.

Interment will follow services in the Peterson Cemetery in Weston.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston has been entrusted with the care of the arrangements for Robert Bob” Eugene Cox.

Arnold “Buck” Hess

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Arnold “Buck” Hess

Age 80, of Martinsburg, WV, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, April 23, 2013, at his home under the care of hospice.

Born May 30, 1932, in Berkeley County, he was the son of the late John and Susan Grubb Hess.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during the Korean War.

Buck was a member of Faith Tabernacle Assembly of God.

He was a self-taught musician who played by ear. He liked to play gospel music and had a band “Gospel Strings.“

He is survived by one son, Arnold “Bucky” Hess II and wife, Jeannie of Bunker Hill; one daughter, Pamela S. Butts and husband, James “Jamie” Butts III of Martinsburg; four grandchildren, David Hager II and wife, Jennifer, Travis J. Hess and wife, Lauren, James W. Butts IV, and Megan A. Cooper and husband, Matt; seven great-grandchildren, Austin, “J”, Caedmon, Levi, Gracie, Jackson, and Kinlee; and one sister, Priscilla “Barb” Greenfield.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Dorothy V. Williams Hess; five brothers, Harold “Peck” Hess, Glenville, WV; “Wink” Hess, John “June” Hess, Gary “Sweetie” Hess, and Terry “Sam” Hess; and two sisters, Evelyn “Toot” Hess and Ann Elizabeth Lucas.

The family wants to give a special thanks to his caregivers, Angela Mittelholzer, Sharon Jarboe and Doris Miller.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM Thursday, April 25, 2013, at Faith Tabernacle Assembly of God with Pastor Hersel Bennett and Pastor Don Preston officiating.

Interment with military graveside honors will be in Gerrardstown Presbyterian Cemetery.

Family received friends from 6:00 to 8:00 PM Wednesday at the Brown Funeral Home South Berkeley Chapel.

Memorial contributions may be made to Faith Tabernacle Assembly of God, c/o Missions Program, 7937 Apple Harvest Drive, Gerrardstown, WV 25420 or Hospice of the Panhandle, 122 Waverly Court, Martinsburg, WV 25403.

Bertha M. Webster

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Bertha M. Webster

Age 89, of Grantsville, WV, passed away April 22, 2013 at Minnie Hamilton Health Systems in Grantsville.

She was born December 31, 1923 in Calhoun County, WV and was a daughter of the late John and Biddie Wright Kerby.

She was retired from B.F. Goodrich Corporation.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Grantsville.

Surviving are one son, Larry Webster of Creston, WV; three grandchildren, Marlene Hutchinson of Walker, WV; Steven Webster of Spencer, WV and Christina Dorman of Marietta, SC; and four great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Worthy Doy Webster; three sisters and four brothers.

Funeral services will be held Friday at 2:00 PM at the Stump Funeral Home in Grantsville with the Rev. Darin Cale officiating.

Interment will follow in the Collins Community Cemetery at Stumptown.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 6:00-8:00 PM Thursday.

Lenore Hutchinson

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Lenore Hutchinson

At 96 years of age, we lost, but heaven gained, our beloved mother, Lenore Hutchinson, April 19, 2013.

It just happened to be our Dad’s birthday and he probably already had a big Rook game ready and waiting with some of their close friends that passed before.

Born to Hoy and Iva Wilson Furby January 27, 1917 in Copen, WV, she had nine siblings; Denver, Paul, Virginia, Junior, Pearline, Jean and Eddie, all deceased. Janice and Rodney still living.

Also preceding her in death was her husband, Willis Hutchison and son Willis Jr. They have six children still living; Phyllis Hagen (Wayne) of Riverside, Alabama, Lois Kelly (Larry) of Pinch, WV, Ruth Browning (Karl) of Sutton, Bill Hutchison (Loretta) of Flatwoods, Pam Stump (David) of Reedsville, WV and Donna Knight (Steve) of Flatwoods.

Thirteen grandchildren; Phil Cutlip (Joyce) of Lewisburg, Terry Roberson of Georgia, Cindy Bowder (Alan) of PA, Brian Berry (Lynda) of Charleston, Christie Dallas of Alabama, Lisa Rodgers of Sutton, Sheila Berry of Georgia, Michele Neck (Barry) of North Carolina, Dana Hutchison (Paula) of PA, Deana Kliene of Morgantown, Clay Stump of Morgantown and Jessica Gibson (Ben) of Flatwoods. Eighteen great-grandchildren and 5 great-great grandchildren.

Our mother, grandmother, friend and quiet example will be greatly missed.

She was a member of the Stone Run United Methodist Church.

By her request, there was no viewing. Combined visitation and funeral was Tuesday, April 23, 2012 at Stockert-Sizemore Funeral Home, Flatwoods.

Family gathered at 1:00 PM with public visitation beginning at 2:00 PM.

Funeral services wiere at 3:00 PM with Rev. Vaughn James officiating.

She was laid to rest at Stone Run Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, a request for donations to the, Stone Run Cemetery, c/o Knight, 1617 Stone Run Road, Flatwoods, WV 26621 would be very appreciated.

Marjorie Olean (Westfall) Davis

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Marjorie Olean (Westfall) Davis

Entered her final rest April 21, 2013.

Born on February 21, 1931, she was preceded in death by her parents, Muriel and Byrl Westfall; siblings, Doris Drake, Brenice Westfall, and Barbara Singleton; her daughter, Carol Ann Minnich; four grandsons, Lucas Gibson, Jeremiah, Gibson, Joseph Gibson, and Jacob Minnich; and one granddaughter, Hannah Salazar.

Marjorie leaves behind children, Martha Cook of Exchange, WV, Sandra and Samuel Gibson of Herold, WV, Roland and Sue Davis of Exchange, WV, Jackie and Nelson Salazar of Beckley, WV; grandchildren, Chad Gibson, Benjamin and Jessica Gibson, Abby and Howard Wankmuller, Mandy and Travis Brown, Maggie Gibson, Richard Andrew Minnich,  Angela and Chris Spouse of Glenville, WV, Charlie and Michelle Cook,  Tiffany and Brian Balis, Nathan Davis, Ian, Jacob, and Zane Haymond, and Darien Salazar; great-grandchildren Jocelyn, Corina, and Vera Gibson, Cassidy, Emily, and Katie Brown, Kaitlyn and Kelsie Balis, Sydney and Hayley Sprouse, Thea, Alisha, Meiya, and Charles Cook III., Carmela and Malachi Wankmuller, Kurt and Shaylyn Minnich, Ciena and Presley Gibson and Brayden Minnich; siblings Janet and Steve Duckwork of Sugar Camp, WV and Eddie and Cindy Westfall of Exchange, WV.

Marjorie was a Sutton High School Alumni, attended Glenville State College and began her career as a school teacher in a one roomed school in Bonnie, WV. She later worked at the Sutton General Hospital, was a 25 year employee of Ben Franklin Company, and was employed with her former husband at Davis Vault, Inc. - Davis Construction.  Following this, Marjorie continued to work at various jobs, including quilting. She continued her employment through Central Senior Agency of WV where she worked at the United Christian Food Bank and then at the Department of Health and Human Resources where she retired at age 78.

Marjorie was an active member in her community where she was a long time member at the Sunrise Methodist Church and later attended the Shavers Fork Community Church.

She will be long remembered by hosts of friends, family, nephews, nieces, cousins, and acquaintances that she touched along the way. Her ability to remember dates and places was impeccable along with her ability to spread laughter with her candid story telling.  She also was a well known hostess, known for never turning anyone away from her home and most specifically her table.  The wealth she was proud to acquire was her friends, family, and solid reputation. She leaves behind shoes not easy to fill, but many wonderful memories.

Services will be at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home in Sutton, WV.

Friends may call 6:00-8:00 PM Thursday, April 25.

There will be funeral services Friday, April 26 at 11:00 AM at the funeral home.

Greene-Robertson Funeral Home is humbled to be serving the Davis Family.

Carolyn J. Pumphrey

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Carolyn J. Pumphrey

Age 75, passed away Monday, April 22, 2013, at the Hospice House in Poland, OH.

She was born August 16, 1937, in Weston, WV, the daughter of the late Dana and Ruth Brown Mathews.

She married William Pumphrey on February 06, 1956, and shared 57 years together.

She was employed as a realtor at Snellson and Stevens Company.

Carolyn was a member of St. Peter and Paul Church

She was former president of Warren Raiders Squalls and St. Joseph Hospital Auxiliary, and enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She will always have a special place in the hearts of her family; husband, William E. Pumphrey Sr. of Warren; her two sons, Steve (Marybeth) Pumphrey Sr. of Warren and Jeff (Kathy) Pumphrey of Canton, Mich.; a daughter, Trish (Donnie) Fatobene of Cortland; two brothers, William (Sharibele) Mathews and Carl (Barbara) Mathews Sr., both of Warren; a sister, Patty (Robert) Pumphrey of Cortland; grandchildren, Melissa, Steve Jr., Kaz, Stephanie, Andrew, Brooke, Zak, Brandon and Bradley, and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her son, William E. Pumphrey Jr.; and two brothers.

Services will be held at 10:00 AM Saturday at Carl W. Hall Funeral Home, where the Rev. Andrew Deskevich will officiate.

Friends may call from 6:00 to 8:00 PM Friday at the funeral home.

Carolyn will be laid to rest in Crown Hill Burial Park in Vienna.

The family requests any material contributions be made to Hospice House of Poland, 9803 Sharrott Road, Poland, OH 44514, in her memory.

Richard Leo Smith

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Richard Leo Smith

of Newport, OH, departed this life on Monday, April 22, 2013 at the Emeritus of Marietta.

He was born on July 05, 1922, a son of the late Everett Leo Smith and Gladys Faye Coleman Smith Crislip.

He was a truck driver for Safe Way Truck Lines, a veteran of World War II and a member of the 1st Armored Division Association, Elizabethtown KY, member of the VFW Darlington-Dublin Post 10146, American Legion, Rising Son, MD, DAV-Cecil County 28, Farm Bureau Harford Co. MD.

Richard is survived by one son, Robert A. Smith, Jane Lew, WV; one daughter, Linda A. Denton, Middlesex, NC; stepchildren, Deborah A. Wells, Fairbanks, Alaska, John Gilbert Price, Jr., Spring Lake, Michigan, and James Nutter, NC; brother, James W. Smith, Newport, OH; nieces, Jean Gustafson and Pat McCullar both of California; nephew, Doug Smith(Joan), Newport, OH.

In addition to his parents, Richard was preceded in death by his wife, Judith Sue Smith, a brother, William Smith and a sister, Mary Boone.

Funeral Services will be held at the McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro, WV, on Thursday, April 25, 2013, at 1:00 PM, with burial to follow in the Coleman Cemetery, near West Union, WV.

Friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday, April 24, 2013, from 4:00 until 8:00 PM and after 9:00 AM on the day of the service.

Claude E. McHenry Sr.

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Claude E. McHenry Sr.

Age 87, Orrville, Ohio, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, April 20, 2013, at his residence with his family by his side.

He was born on April 23, 1925, in Glenville, WV, the son of Hoy and Edna (Messenger) McHenry.

He was united in marriage to Louvone Helmick on July 21, 1946, in Linn, WV. She survives.

Claude had been a resident of Orrville since 1962, and had been employed in the maintenance department for the Orrville City Schools for 13 years prior to retiring.

He was a member of the Orrville Christian Church, where he was a past president and member of the Faithful Followers Class.

He was a past president and former member of the Kidney Foundation of Wayne County for many years.

Claude enjoyed his grandchildren, watching softball at Orr Park, cooking and playing cards. He was a 23-year cancer survivor.

In addition to his wife, Louvone, he is survived by four daughters, Mary (Jim) Saunders Sr. of Canton, Linda (Junior) Kerns of Clyde, Sheila (Doc) Burrows of Willard, and Sally (Keith) Hartzler of Sterling; two sons, Eugene McHenry of Orrville and Richard (Tess) McHenry of Maineville; 12 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and a brother, Jim (Joann) McHenry of Glenville, WV.

He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Naomi Jackson; brothers, Hoy, Herman, Harley and Dana McHenry; and sisters, Irene Riffle, Pauline Wells and Opal McHenry.

Services will be held at Orrville Christian Church in Orrville on Wednesday, April 24, 2013, at 11:00 AM with Pastor Tom Ledford officiating.

Burial will take place at Crown Hill Cemetery in Orrville.

Friends may call at Auble Funeral Home in Orrville on Tuesday, April 23, 2013, 6:00-8:00 PM, or one hour prior to services at the church on Wednesday.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Orrville Christian Church, 925 N. Elm St., Orrville 44667 or to Hospice and Palliative Care of Greater Wayne County, 2525 Back Orrville Road, Wooster 44691.

Justyn Lane Starcher

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Justyn Lane Starcher

Age 15, of Millstone, West Virginia died April 20, 2013 at his home.

He was born August 14, 1997 in Wirt County, West Virginia a son of Patrick D. Hall of Orma, West Virginia and Jeanie Fields, also of Orma.

Justyn attended Calhoun County High School and was an award-winning artist. He was a loving child with a good heart.

In addition to his father and mother, he is survived by his caregivers, Sonja and Denzil Whipkey, with whom he made his home; step-father, Calvin Fields; paternal grandparents, Paul and Joyce Newell of Orma; maternal grandparents, George Nicholas, formerly of Orma and Connie Nicholas of Orma; three sisters, Jordan B. Hall, Jaelyn Fields and Ashley Tanner; and two brothers, Jeffrey Brittle and Tyler Tanner. He also leaves behind many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends who loved him very much and will miss him deeply.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Dale E. Hall.

Service will be 2:00 PM Friday, April 26, 2013 at the TAYLOR-VANDALE FUNERAL HOME, Spencer, West Virginia with Rev. Roger Carter officiating.

Burial will be in the Orma Cemetery.

Visitation is two hours prior to the service at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home at 206 Beauty Street, Spencer WV 25276 to assist with funeral expenses.

Clarence C. “Boots” Flesher

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Clarence C. “Boots” Flesher

Age 89, of Jane Lew, WV departed this life on April 21, 2013 at Heartland of Clarksburg Nursing Home and will be reunited with his wife, Mildred Madeline (Lester) Flesher who passed away on August 16, 2000.

He was born on October 07, 1922 in Weston, WV to the late John Flesher and Marie Lieuvenia (Bonnett) Flesher.

In addition to his parent and wife, Clarence was preceded in death by four brothers; Herbert, “Buck” Theophiolphis, John, and Truman Flesher, and two sisters; Mamie Flesher, and Vida Meyers
Clarence C. (Boots) Flesher was a sixth generation descendant of the late Henry Flesher who founded Weston.

Private First Class Flesher of the United States Army 10th Mountain Division and 85th Mountain Infantry Regiment served his County during World War II. During his tour he was stationed in North Apennines, Italy, Po Valley, Italy, Sicily, Italy and Rome-Arno, Italy. During his time in the United States Army Mr. Flesher was awarded with the EAME Ribbon with 4 Bronze Stars, Bronze Star Medal for Meritorious Achievement, Victory Medal, World War II, Good Conduct Medal, Honorable Service Pin, and Marksman Badge (Rifle). Mr. Flesher belonged to the VFW of Clarksburg and was also an accomplished musician having appeared on multiple radio shows.

Mr. Flesher is survived by two four children Betty Jane Stout and husband Jesse, Penny Darlene Flesher both of Sheffield Lake, OH, Clarence Steven Flesher and wife Mary Ann of Avon, OH, and Lesley Charles Flesher and wife Dianne of Good Hope. He was the proud grandfather of seven and great-grandfather of eleven. Also surviving is one sister Pauline Frey of Ohio and several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours for Clarence C. “Boots” Flesher will be Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 North Main Avenue, Weston, WV from 4-8 PM.

Gravesides services will be Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 11:00 AM at Broad Run Cemetery in Jane Lew, West Virginia with Reverend Rodney Heckert officiating.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston will be caring for the family of Clarence C. “Boots” Flesher

Marvin Boyd Lanham

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Marvin Boyd Lanham

Age 61, of Belpre, OH, passed away on April 19, 2013, at his residence, following a long battle with cancer that resulted in the loss of his leg.

He was born in McFarlan, Ritchie County, WV, on January 18, 1952, a son of the late Charles Leonard and Lenore May Tingler Lanham.

Marvin had proudly served his country in the U.S. Army and retired in 2002 from the Union Insulators Local 80, where he had worked for 30 years. He loved playing music and rewriting country music songs with his own comedic twist. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed fishing, hunting and golf. He was a member of American Legion Post 15 and past member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles.

Marvin was a loving husband of 41 years to Kay Spurlock Lanham; devoted father to Tata See and John, and Tonya Wells and Mike; and proud grandfather to Zac, Cody and Brookloyn, and will be greatly missed. He is also survived by his brothers, Lennie Lanham and June, and Roger Lanham and Kathy; sisters, Alma Parker, and Barb Dudding and Jimmy; and several nieces and nephews and many friends.

In addition to his parents, Marvin was preceded in death by his brother, Gene Lanham.

He will be remembered most by his family and friends for his fun loving nature and for his fantastic sense of humor.

Leavitt Funeral Home, Belpre, is assisting the family with private cremation services, just as Marvin had requested.

A memorial service will be held at a time to be announced.

Alice P. Butcher

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Alice P. Butcher

Age 88, of 309 Main Ave., Weston, WV, passed away peacefully at 6:25 PM Friday April 19, 2013, at the Country Living Nursing Home in Jane Lew following an extended illness.

She was born November 03, 1924, in Hundred, WV, a daughter of the late George Dewey and Elizabeth Gayle Moore Parish.

On February 10, 1950, she married the love of her life, Paul T. Butcher Jr., and they celebrated 43 years together before his passing in 1993.

She is survived by one daughter, Kris St. Clair and husband Jeff of Fulshear, TX; two sisters, Thelma Dawdy of Albuquerque, NM, and Cleo Kerr and husband Joseph of Tucson, AZ; two grandsons, Christopher P. Anderson and wife Laura of Weston and Brian St. Clair and wife Alicia of CA; great-grandsons, Aiden P. Anderson and Cody St. Clair; great-granddaughter, Corrie St. Clair; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by two sisters, Mae Kafer and Alma Flesher; and her daughter Elizabeth Anderson, who just passed away last week.

Alice truly knew how to live, love and laugh, and her passion for life was contagious to all who knew her. After retiring from Consolidated Gas as an administrative assistant, she returned to school and proudly earned a degree from Florida Southern University.

She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church of Weston and the Deerfield Country Club, where she was active in the Ladies Golf Association. She loved to sew, spend time with her grandchildren and cook for family and friends, who especially enjoyed her delicious homemade minestrone soup.

Alice has chosen cremation, and a family and friends gathering will be held Friday, May 03, 2013, from 5-6 PM at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Weston.

A celebration of life will follow at 6 PM from the church with Father John Valentine officiating.

Interment will be held in the Broad Run Cemetery at a later date.

The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service of 144 Hackers Creek Road, Jane Lew, is honored and privileged to serve the Butcher family.

Gladys R. Cox

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Gladys R. Cox

Age 95, of Belpre, OH, passed away on April 20, 2013, at her residence, under the loving care of her family and Marietta Home Health and Hospice.

She was born in Ritchie County, WV, on November 10, 1917, a daughter of the late R. Lee and Jesse Hardman Barker.

Gladys graduated from Salem College and was a school teacher for over 30 years, having taught in Meigs County and then in Cairo for 10 years. She had operated a craft shop in Harrisville for several years, and was a member of the Rebecca Lodge of Harrisville. She moved to Belpre in 2007.

Surviving Gladys are her daughter, Susan Nelson and husband, Lynn, of Belpre; and three grandchildren, Richard Nelson, Amy Neal and Rachel Cox.

In addition to her parents, Gladys was preceded in death by her first husband, Eugene Rexroad; second husband, Marvin Cox; daughter, Virginia Siers; and son, Bobby Cox.

Leavitt Funeral Home, Belpre, is assisting the family with private cremation services.

Samuel G. Ambruster

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Samuel G. Ambruster

Age 67, of Harrisville, WV, died suddenly, April 16, 2013 at Waterford, OH.

He was born October 24, 1945 in Collinswood, NJ the son of the late Edward S. and Dorothy Gertrude Garrison Ambruster.

He had worked for 31 years at Fred Harz and Son, Elmer, NJ before moving to WV in 1998.

He was a truck driver for 14 years with Uni Select, Marietta, OH.

Samuel is survived by his wife of 40 years, Joan B. Poinsett Ambruster; daughters, Emily S. McKishen (John) of Ellenboro, WV and Samantha J. Baker (Ben) of Harrisville, WV; six grandchildren, Kristi Popecki, Samuel Greene, John McKishen, Casey McKishen, Benjamin Baker, and Robert Baker; brothers, Charles Ambruster, John Ambruster, and Paul Ambruster; and sister, Sara Ann Mancus; and sister-in-law, Patricia Locke of Elmer, NJ.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Priscilla R. (Junkins) Schulte

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Priscilla R. (Junkins) Schulte

Age 88, of 17 Thorn Hill Road, Weston, West Virginia departed this life on April 19, 2013 at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital following a brief illness.

She was born on a warm summers day on July 18, 1924 to the late William Francis Junkins and Margaret Ellen Buchanan Junkins.

On May 26, 1942 she married Matthew Clement Schulte who preceded her in death on July 12, 2000.

Priscilla R. (Junkins) Schulte was the last surviving member of her immediate family.

Mrs. Schulte was blessed with a large family and is survived by two daughters Cecelia Grogg and husband Truman of Weston, West Virginia and Joyce Cook of Keystone Heights, Florida, and four sons William Schulte and wife Patty of Green Cove Springs, Florida, Matthew Schulte and wife Jo of Florence, South Carolina, Victor Schulte of Hilliard, FLorida, and Christian Schulte of Tampa, Florida. Also surviving are many grandchildren, step-grandchildren, great-grandchildren, step great-grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, and step great-great grandchildren. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by two daughters Georgia Carlene Kenney and Sonja Saunders, and one son Harold Schulte, five brothers Lawrence, Lee, Dorsey, Frank, and Harold Junkins, and three sisters Tillie Orender, Edna Nicholson, and Dessie Junkins.

Mrs. Schulte was Catholic by faith and a member of the St. Clara Catholic Church in Doddridge County, West Virginia.

Priscilla was also a member of the Women of the Moose Lodge. Priscilla was a talented seamstress being able to do embroidery work and was a skilled quilt maker. In addition to her many skills Priscilla enjoyed reading books especially westerns. Priscilla greatest joy in life was her family especially her grandchildren, and it was a well-known fact that if you went to visit at her house you never left hungry.

Family and friends will be received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 North Main Avenue, Weston, West Virginia on Sunday, April 21, 2013 from 2-4 and 6-8 PM.

A prayer services will be held on Sunday night at 7:30 PM lead by Reverend J. Stephen Vallelonga.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, April 22, 2013 at 10:00 AM from Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend J. Stephen Vallelonga officiating.

Interment will follow services in the Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens in Jane Lew.

Governor Ordered State Flags to Half-Staff to Honor Former State Legislator

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Governor Earl Ray Tomblin ordered State flags displayed at all State facilities be raised to full staff at dawn on Saturday, April 20, 2013 and immediately lowered to half-staff in honor of former Senator Daniel Dahill.

In keeping with the presidential proclamation issued April 16, 2013 relating to the Boston tragedy, the U.S. and State flag will remain at half-staff until dusk on April 20, 2013.

“Daniel was dedicated to our state and nation-serving in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II and later serving as a state legislator,“ Gov. Tomblin said. “Joanne and I extend our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.“

Dahill enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1941 and served as a fighter pilot during World War II and earning the rank of captain. He later served in the West Virginia House of Delegates from 1957-1960 and in the West Virginia Senate from 1961-64.

Dahill is survived by his wife, Norma Jean; his daughter, Susan (Russell) Longstreth; his daughter, Nancy (William) Brown; his stepson, Richard Shafer; and five grandchildren, Sara Dahill-Brown; Ellen Dahill-Brown; Beth Shafer; Sammy Shafer; and David Shafer. He preceded in death by his father, Daniel Ryan Dahill; his mother, Pearl Duncan Dahill; and his first wife, Mary Elizabeth Salvati.

Lenore Hutchison

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Lenore Hutchison

At 96 years of age, we lost, but heaven gained, our beloved mother, Lenore Hutchison, April 19, 2013. It just happened to be our Dad’s birthday and he probably already had a big Rook game ready and waiting with some of their close friends that passed before.

Born to Hoy and Iva Wilson Turley January 27, 1917 in Copen, WV, she had nine siblings; Denver, Paul, Virginia, Junior, Pearline, Jean and Eddie, all deceased. Janice and Rodney still living.

Also preceding her in death was her husband, Willis Hutchison and son Willis Jr. They have six children still living; Phyllis Hagen (Wayne) of Riverside, Alabama, Lois Kelly (Larry) of Pinch, WV, Ruth Browning (Karl) of Sutton, Bill Hutchison (Loretta) of Flatwoods, Pam Stump (David) of Reedsville, WV and Donna Knight (Steve) of Flatwoods.

Thirteen grandchildren; Phil Cutlip (Joyce) of Lewisburg, Terry Roberson of Georgia, Cindy Bowder (Alan) of PA, Brian Berry (Lynda) of Charleston, Christie Dallas of Alabama, Lisa Rodgers of Sutton, Sheila Berry of Georgia, Michele Neck (Barry) of North Carolina, Dana Hutchison (Paula) of PA, Deana Kliene of Morgantown, Clay Stump of Morgantown and Jessica Gibson (Ben) of Flatwoods. Eighteen great-grandchildren and 5 great-great grandchildren.

Our mother, grandmother, friend and quiet example will be greatly missed.

She was a member of the Stone Run United Methodist Church.

By her request, there will be no viewing.

Combined visitation and funeral will be Tuesday, April 23, 2012 at Stockert-Sizemore Funeral Home, Flatwoods.

Family may gather at 1:00 PM with public visitation beginning at 2:00 PM.

Funeral services will be at 3:00 PM with Rev. Vaughn James officiating.

She will be laid to rest at Stone Run Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, a request for donations to the, Stone Run Cemetery, c/o Knight, 1617 Stone Run Road, Flatwoods, WV 26621 would be very appreciated.

Denzil Ray Newlon

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Denzil Ray Newlon

Age 73, of Pennsboro, WV, departed this life on, Tuesday, April, 16, 2013, in Lady Lake, FL.

Denzil was born February 17, 1940, in Lawford, WV, a son of the late Walter and Ola Chloe (Davis) Newlon.

He was retired after 26 years of service to General Motors in Lordstown, OH where he worked in salvage. He was veteran of the US Army serving as a tank driver from 1958-1961.

He was a member of the Emmanuel United Methodist Church of West Union, WV and greatly enjoyed gardening, riding 4-wheelers, hunting & fishing.

He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Ruby P. (Jewell) Newlon; children, Ryan Newlon, Lady Lake, FL and Teresa Byrne of Pennsboro, WV; brothers, Robert Newlon (Dorothy) Smithville, WV; Rev. Don Newlon (Irene), Ellenboro, WV; Denver O. “Smokey” Newlon (Patty), Belpre, OH, and sisters, Violet Cowan, Parkersburg, WV; Viola Bunner, Morgan City, LA; Clareth Haddox, Pullman, WV, and Cletha Bartlett (Gerald), Auburn, WV.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brother, Walter R. Newlon; sister in law, Dorothy Newlon; brother in laws, George Cowan, Bill Bunner, Daniel Haddox, along with 2 infant siblings.

Funeral services will be 1:00 PM, Monday, April 22, 2013, at the McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro, WV with David McCauley and Glen Rader officiating.

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

Visitation will be from 5-8 PM on Sunday, at the funeral home.

Lenora Jean West Dalrymple

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Lenora Jean West Dalrymple

Age 78, of Mineral Wells, WV, passed away April 16, 2013, at the Camden Clark Medical Center, Memorial Campus.

She was born in Grantsville, WV, October 21, 1934, a daughter of the late Bernard Pell and Freddie Dell Westfall Riddle.

She was a homemaker and enjoyed cooking and listening to old time country music. She loved her children, grandchildren, and her dog Molly.

She is survived by her son Charles West (Ginny) of Mineral Wells, daughters Pamela Prather (Lloyd) of Elizabeth, and Debra Wile (Joseph) of Belpre; grandchildren Hannah Custred and Chad Prather; great grandchildren Madison, and Emma; three step grandchildren and five step great grandchildren; sisters Emma Kellison, Jo Ann McKenna (Tom), and Peggy Sue Barnes (Ray), and brothers Bernard “Bud” Riddle and Bill Riddle (Kathy) and several nieces and nephews; five stepchildren Bud, Angie, Kim, Sonja, Michael; several step grandchildren and her best friend Sharleen Dailey.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband Charles West, and second husband Roger Lee Dalrymple; sisters Cappy Hoffman and Mary Lou Stalnaker.

Services will be 2:00 PM Sunday, April 21, at the Leavitt Funeral Home Parkersburg, with Pastor Larry McCune officiating.

Burial will be at Lubeck Cemetery.

Visitation was Friday, from 6:00-8:00 PM and will be on Saturday from 2:00-4:00 and 6:00-8:00 PM.

Madalene Shepard

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Madalene Shepard

Age 90, of Williamstown, WV, passed away Wednesday April 17, 2013.

She was born in Calhoun County, WV, a daughter of the late Clyde Johnson and Nora Mae Bailes.

She was a homemaker, and during World War II she worked at the Shovel Plant. At an early age she worked at Traveler’s Restaurant.

She is survived by her son Randy Lee Shepard (Yvonne) of Parkersburg; her daughter Cathy Lynn Gessel (Robert) of Parkersburg; two grandchildren Christopher A. Shepard and Shannon Nicole Carver; four great grandchildren Zephriam Fox Shepard, Lacy Alexis Carver, Francis Kayanna Shepard and Sheridan Paige; her sister Sharon Lockhart (Joe) of Washington, WV; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her mother and father she was preceded in death by her dad John I. Smith; husband Orel E. Shepard on Feb. 14 of this year; and her brother Paul V. Smith.

Funeral services will be Sunday 12:30 PM at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg with Reverend L. Norman Butler officiating.

Entombment will be in the Sunset Memory Gardens.

Visitation will be Saturday 2:00-4:00 and 6:00-8:00 PM.

Elizabeth Mildred Basista Yanosky

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Elizabeth Mildred Basista Yanosky

of Herndon, VA, passed away at 4 AM on February 09, 2013 with her husband of 69-years at her side.

She had resided for 5-years at the Cameron Glen Health and Rehabilitation Center in Reston, VA.

Elizabeth or “Betty” as she was known, was born in Weston, WV on April 16, 1922.

Her parents, Edward and Rose Valenta Basista, and a sister, Irene Basista Sanger, predeceased her.

She attended the Mountain State College of Business and graduated first in her class in 1940. The following year she accepted a position as a legal secretary in the office of the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General in Washington, D.C.

On July 24, 1943, Elizabeth and Thomas R. Yanosky were married in St. Matthews Cathedral in Washington.

Elizabeth is survived by her husband, Thomas; son, Thomas Michael of Herndon, VA; daughter, Rosemary Yanosky Mitchell of Maplewood, Minn.; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Elizabeth was a devoted wife and mother and loved by all who knew her. She was an avid flower gardner throughout her life and delighted in completing the crossword puzzle in the morning newspaper, sometimes even using a pen if a pencil was not available.

For many years she kept in touch with friends back home by reading the Weston Democrat.

She was buried in the Chestnut Grove Cemetery in Herndon, VA.

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