Ruth M. Gainer
Ruth Margaret Gainer, age 88, a resident of 1515 Lavalette Avenue, Elkins, departed this life Friday, April 21, 2000, at the Davis Memorial Hospital Emergency Room. She had been declining in health for the past ten years.
She was born February 18, 1912, at Buckeye, a daughter of the late Adrian R. and Margaret Erwin Rucker. On March 4, 1934, at Elkins, she was married to Chester Hubert "Chet" Gainer, who preceded her in death June 11, 1973.
She attended the schools of Virginia, was a 1933 Nursing School Graduate and worked at Davis Memorial Hospital from 1950 to 1977, retiring as Nursing Supervisor and received the "Retired Nurse in Excellence Award" in 1991.
She is survived by one brother, Glenn Rucker, of Marlinton; and one sister, Elizabeth Sharp, of Baltimore, Maryland.
She was preceded in death along with her husband by one daughter, Margaret Ann Gibson, one brother and one sister.
Final rites were conducted at the Lohr-Barb-Vance Funeral Home Chapel on Tuesday by the Rev. Randall Richards. Burial followed in the Maplewood Cemetery at Elkins.
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Samuel H. Jennings
Samuel H. Jennings, age 79, of Lewisburg, formerly of Pocahontas County, died Thursday, April 20, 2000, at Greenbrier Valley Medical Center at Fairlea, after an extended illness.
Mr. Jennings was born April 14, 1921, in Pocahontas County, and was the son of the late Samuel Henry and Ethel Schoonover Jennings.
He was a graduate of Green Bank High School and was retired from the United States Forestry Service at Bartow, where he was a clerk and assistant business manager. He also served as volunteer fire dispatcher for Monongahela National Forest.
Mr. Jennings was a member of the Lions Club both at Durbin and Lewisburg since 1946, and was past president, secretary, tailtwister and zone chairman.
He was a member of the Old Stone Presbyterian Church at Lewisburg and was also a member of Liberty Presbyterian Church at Green Bank.
He was a member of the Riverside Lodge #124 at Cass, since 1951; the Charleston Valley of the Scottish Rite 32nd Degree Kooh; Bene Kedem Shrine in Charleston; Royal Arch Mason, Greenbrier Chapter #21; Knight Greenbrier Commandry #15; Royal Order of Scotland; and was a member of the Royal Order of Jesters Court #111, of Charleston. He was a WWII, US Army Veteran from 1943 to 1946 where he served in Japan and the Philippine Islands.
He is survived by two sisters, Alice Gwendolyn Ervine, of Summersville, and Ethel Virginia Spencer, of Dayton, Ohio.
He was preceded in death by his wife and very close companion of 52 years, Ruth Beard Jennings, in 1996, who was a former first grade teacher at Bartow. They were married August 11, 1944. He was also preceded in death by one sister, Louise Osborne; and brothers, Lyle and Keith Jennings.
Services were held Saturday at Arbovale Cemetery with the Rev. David Rittenhouse.
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Leah J. McLaughlin
Leah J. McLaughlin, age 94, of Cass, died Friday, April 21, 2000, at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, following a short illness.
Mrs. McLaughlin was born April 11, 1906, in Huntersville, and was the daughter of the late Walter and Ada Ann Hogsett Grimes.
Mrs. McLaughlin was a nurses aid.
She is survived by two sisters, Eva Day, of Belington; and Georgene Cutlip, of Hillsboro; and four grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy McLaughlin; one daughter, Estell Nelson Gragg; two sisters, Verian Ritchie and Delphia King; two brothers, Ermon Grimes and Ellis Grimes.
Services were held Monday at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Arbovale, by the Rev. John R. Swartz and Rev. Downing Gregory, with burial in Arbovale Cemetery.
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Pearl E. Rexrode
Pearl E. Rexrode, age 89, of Durbin, died April 18, 2000, at home after a short illness.
Mrs. Rexrode was born March 8, 1911, at Boyer, to the late Scott and Lela Keller Stone.
Mrs. Rexrode was a housewife.
She is survived by two daughters, Betty Schuhman and Daisy Wright, both of Durbin; two brothers, Ray Stone of Baltimore, Maryland, and Guy Stone, of Georgia; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Merle Rexrode, in 1982; two sisters, Daisy Stone and Dolley Nottingham; six brothers, Caswell, Ralph, Clarence, Forest, Paul and Merle Stone.
Services were held Friday at the Durbin Brethren Church by the Rev. Donnie Curry and Rev. Roland Armstrong with burial in the Arbovale Cemetery.
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Betty F. Gibson
Betty F. Dumire Gibson, age 73, of Wickliffe, Ohio, died February 7, 2000.
Mrs. Gibson was a retired supervisor of custodians at Willoughby Middle School. She retired in 1986 after 21 years of service. She was a member of Bethel Lutheran Church in Willowick.
Born June 13, 1926, in Marlinton, she was the daughter of John and Frankie Dumire, who are deceased. She had lived in Ohio the past 45 years.
Her husband, Dock J. Gibson, died March 20 , 1976.
Survivors are two daughters, Connie Taylor, of Willoughby, Ohio, and Vicki Katchmere, of Hollywood, Florida; four grand-children and a great-grandson; and three brothers, Marvin Dumire, of Myrtle Point, Oregon, Vance Dumire, of Warren, Ohio, and Robert Dumire, of Richmond, Virginia.
Services were held February 11 at Davis Trust 100 Funeral Home, Willoughby, by the Rev. Keith A. Knupp, of Bethel Lutheran Church. Burial was in Western Reserve Memorial Gardens in Chester Township.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Western Reserve, Inc. 5786 Heisley Road, Mentor, Ohio 44060, or Bethel Lutheran Chruch, 32410 Willowick Drive, Willowick, Ohio 44095.
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John Lawrence Galford, age 94, of Townville, Pennsylvania, died Monday, April 17, 2000, in Crawford County Care Center, Saegertown, Pennsylvania.
Mr. Galford was born March 17, 1906, at Dunmore, the son of the late John A. and Kathryn McLaughlin Galford.
He married the former Edna M. Dilley on September 11, 1929. She died August 2, 1979.
Mr. Galford had been a dairy farmer. He attended Lyona Bible Church.
Surviving are two daughters, Doris Tanner, of Townville, and Betty Spaid, of Meadville; two sons, John P. Galford, and Eugene Galford, both of Townville; eight grandchildren, two step-grand-children, eight great-grandchildren, four step-great-grandchildren; and a brother, June Galford, of Dunmore.
Five sisters, Maude, Mable, Nelle, Martha and Geraldine, and two brothers, Frank and Paul, are deceased.
Funeral services were conducted Thursday at the Willis L. Arnold Funeral Home in Townville by the Rev. Dr. Sharon L. Mook, Mr. Galford's granddaughter, of Columbia Seminary, Decatur, Georgia. Burial was in Kingsley Cemetery, Townville.
Memorial contributions may be made to Visiting Nurses Association of Crawford County, 747 Terrace Street, Meadville, PA 16335.