Obituaries from the Pendleton Times,  

6 March 2008

Helen Harman

Helen Harman, 90, of Petersburg, died Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2008, at Grant Memorial Hospital in Petersburg.

Mrs. Harman was born Aug. 5, 1917, in Fort Seybert and was the daughter of the late L. Wade and Martha Dyer Rexrode. 

She graduated from Petersburg High School in 1937.  She and her husband owned and operated Joe's Market and Valley Gas Company in Petersburg from 1947 to 1969.  She was a member of Main Street United Methodist Church where she served as president of the Women's Society for two years and served various other offices int he church.  She was Past Matron and Life Member of Petersburg Chapter No. 146, Order of the Eastern Star.  She was secretary of the chapter for many years.  

On April 6, 1939, she married Joseph W. Harman, who preceded her in death March 2, 1969. 

Surviving are two sons, Bill Harman and wife, Barbara of Cincinnati, OH, and Fred W. Harman of Petersburg; two grandchildren, Melissa and Michael Harman; three great-grandchildren, Joey, Greg and Sarah Grosse; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, she was also preceded in death by one sister, Anna Lee Hawse.  

The Petersburg Eastern Star conducted services Friday at the Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg.

The Rev. William M. Haynes Jr.condcuted the funeral Saturday at the Main Street United Methodist Church, Petersburg. Burial was in the Maple Hill Cemetery, Petersburg.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Grant County Nursing Home, 27 Early Ave., Petersburg, WV 26847; Petersburg Chapter #146 OES, in care of Jo Ann Harman, secretary, HC 84 Box 26, Lahmansville, WV 26731 or to the Grant County Library Performing Arts Center, 18 Mt. View St., Petersburg, WV 26847.

Bertha Ellen Dolly

Bertha Ellen Dolly, 98, of Cabins, died Monday, Feb. 25, 2008, at the Grant County Nursing Home in Petersburg.

She was born Nov. 27, 1909, in Cabins and was the daughter of the late Robert Calvin and Minnie Florence (Landes) Heavner. 

Her husband, Fred Carles Dolly, preceded her in death on June 22, 2003. 

Mrs. Dolly was a homemaker.  She was a member of the United Brethren Church at Seneca Rocks and attended the Cabins Assembly of God Church. 

She was the last surviving member of her immediate family. 

Surviving are three daughters, Betty Lee Miller of Newburg, MD, Lucy Gail Long of Cabins and Dottie Sue Fidler of Arlington, VA; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by two infant great-grandchildren, Joshua Bayram Tekmen and Jesse Ray Tekmen; one great-great-granddaughter, Serenity Hope Vermillion; two infant sisters, Rose and Ruth Heavner; one sister, Annie Warner; and three brothers, Oscar Heavner, Earl Heavner and Brady Heavner. 

Funeral services were d heThursday at the Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg, with the Rev. Joseph Eversole officiating. Interment was in the Maple Hill Cemetery, Petersburg.

Memorials may be made to Mountain Hospice, P.O. Box 416, Franklin, WV 26807 or to the Panhandle Support Services, 4 S. Main St., Petersburg, WV 26847.

Iris Eileen Saville Nelson

Iris Eileen Saville Nelson, 88, died peacefully at her home in Circleville on Wednesday evening, Feb. 27, 2008. 

She was born Sept. 19, 1919, at Ruckman in Hampshire Co., the only child of the late Rev. Lee Erndon and Lola Rebecca Combs Saville. 

Mrs. Nelson was active in county and state 4-H activities, attended National 4-H Club Congress in Chicago, IL, and was a life member of the 4-H All Stars.  She graduated from Elk Garden High School, majored in Home economics at Blackstone VA Jr. College and graduated from West Virginia University.  She began her teaching career in 1944 at Buckhannon and came to Circleville that fall with the challenge of equipping a home economics department and school lunch program during the depression.  She retired in 1985 after teaching 30 years at Franklin and 36 years in Pendleton County. 

IN her retirement, she succeeded her husband on the boards of Pendleton Nursing Home and Pendleton Senior and Family Services, was a director of the Pendleton County Historical Society, served the Pendleton County Retired School Employees organization for many years as president and loved the time spent with the North Fork kindergarten students.  She enjoyed needle arts, especially cross stitch and crochet, cooking, gardening, flowers, travel, reading and computer games.  She will long be remembered for the Halloween popcorn balls, peanut brittle, the 80 different Chrismon cross stitch ornaments on her tree, the many hand- and home-made goodies and hospitality she shared, and her dedication to the Burlington Children's Home apple butter project and the hundreds of dozens of jars she'd collected for it since her 80th birthday.  

A member of the Circleville United Methodist Church, she joined the Gideons in 1964, and was active in the local and state organization. She served in numerous capacities including state secretary, treasurer, president, and state widows coordinator. 

On May 25, 1946, she was united in marriage to Charles S. Nelson, who preceded her in death Oct. 22, 1988. 

Surviving are one daughter Lorella L. Nelson-Mitchell of Upper Tract and friend Wade Sites of Seneca Rocks, along with numerous cousins. 

She was also preceded in death on May 12, 2003, by her son-in-law Donald R. Mitchell.  

A funeral service was held Sunday at the Kimble Funeral Home, Franklin.  Burial followed at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Franklin.  

Memorial donations may be made to the Gideon Memorial Bible Program, PO Box 894, Franklin, WV, or the charity of choice.   

Stella Wratchford, 72

Stella Mae Wratchford, 72, of Moorefield died Wednesday, FEb. 27, 2008, at her home after a long illness.  

Mrs. Wratchford was born Jan. 3, 1936, in Moorefield and was the daughter of the late Wilbert J. and Mary C. STrawderman Hartman.  

She was a member of the Moorefield Bible Baptist church and the Red Hat Society. 

Her husband of 55 years, Russell J. Wratchford, survives. 

Also surviving are are two sons, Clyde Wratchford and Bennie Wratchford of Moorefield; four brothers, Lee Hartman of Stanardsville, VA, Kenneth Hartman of Brandy Station, VA, W.J. Hartman, Jr., of Locust Dale, VA, and Richard Hartman of Culpeper, VA; three sisters, Betty Harper and Evelyn Zaun, both of Moorefield,  and Judith Vandevander of Fort Seybert; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.  

Pastor Matt Lyon conducted the funeral Saturday at the Fraley Fuenral Home in Moorefield.  Burial was in the Olivet Cemetery.l  

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