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3 September 2009

Evelyn M. Shipe, 94

Evelyn Miller Shipe, 94, of Mathias passed away peacefully Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2009. During more recent years, she had been a resident of Grant County Nursing Home, Petersburg.

Born May 6, 1915, at the Miller Homeplace, Lost City, she was the daughter of the late Jesse F. Miller and Lillian (Marshall) Miller.

Her husband, Raymond M. Shipe, preceded her in death on Oct. 15, 1988.

Mrs. Shipe attended one year each at St. John’s Academy in Petersburg, Moorefield High, Morgantown High and graduated from Triplett High School in Mount Jackson in 1933.

She was a lifetime member of the Lost City Baptist Church, where she served as secretary/treasurer for many years. She and her family were also active in the Garrett’s Chapel congregation in Mathias.

Especially influential in her early life was the West Virginia University 4-H Club program in which she participated at the local, state and national levels with her projects and demonstrations. In her adult life, she continued with 4-H involvement by being a lifetime volunteer leader of the Bowman 4-H Club for 25 years. She is a member of the West Virginia 4-H All-Stars, a longtime member of the Lost River WVU Extension Farm Women’s Club and a Charter member of the Mathias Volunteer Fire Women’s Auxiliary.

Surviving are a son, Gaylon N. Shipe of Petersburg; two daughters, Annette (Shipe) Boggs and husband, Howard of Keyser, and Elaine Miller Shipe of Franklin; three grandchildren, Debbie McNett, Sherry Lough and Daryl Shipe, all of Virginia; five great-grandchildren; a younger sister, Lois Kennedy of Laurel, DE, whom she helped raise; and two daughters-in-law, Maxine Shipe and Evelyn Marie Shipe.

She was also preceded in death by two sons, Lowell "Jack" Shipe, Aug. 27, 2001, and Donald R. Shipe, May 27, 2003; and a sister, Ruth Barr of Fisher.

The Revs. Jonathan Hedrick and Larry Cantu conducted a funeral service Saturday at Garrett’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Mathias. Burial followed at the Miller Cemetery in Mathias.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Miller Cemetery, PO Box 426 Keyser, WV 26726-0426, Grant County Nursing Home, 27 Early Ave., Petersburg, WV 26884 or Hardy County 4-H Program, WVU Extension Office, 204 Washington St., Moorefield, WV 26836-1155.

Online condolences may be left to the family at

Grandle Funeral Home, Broadway, VA, was in charge of funeral arrangements.


Herman Vance, 76

Herman Vance, 76, of Keyser died Thursday, Aug. 6, 2009, at a hospital in Cumberland, MD.

He was born June 3, 1933, in Onego, the youngest son of the late Denver and Virginia Thompson Vance.

Mr. Vance was retired and was a veteran of the Korean War. He attended Potomac State College for two years and took courses at West Virginia University.

Survivors include a special friend, Betty Cunningham; his friends, Dr. Paul and Janice Livingood of Fort Ashby; and a number of nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by a brother, Chester Vance, who died Aug. 25, 1970.

A memorial service will be held Sunday at 7:00 p.m. at Pinto Mennonite Church, 13822 Pinto Road, Pinto, MD.

At his request, his body was cremated.

Scarpelli Funeral Home of Cumberland, MD, was in charge of funeral arrangements.


Edna E. Chaney, 90

Edna E. Chaney, 90, of Mill Creek, passed away Saturday, Aug. 29, 2009, in the Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown.

She was born Sept. 20, 1918, at Huttonsville, a daughter of the late Rufus C. and Bessie Newhouse Swecker.

Mrs. Chaney was a graduate of Tygart Valley High School and was employed as a teacher’s aide in the Head Start Program at George Ward Elementary School and Pickens School prior to her retirement. She was an active member of the Mill Creek United Methodist Church, the United Methodist Women and served as a volunteer at Tyrand Parish. She was an avid gardener with a special love for her roses and other flowers. She also had a passion for baking and cooking, with her family, friends and neighbors as happy recipients.

On May 5, 1941 at Oakland, MD, she was married to Mervin Ray Chaney, Sr. who preceded her in death on March 11, 1989.

Surviving are two sons, Ray Chaney and wife, Sharon, and Richard "Dick" Chaney with whom Mrs. Chaney recently lived, all of Mill Creek; one daughter, Kay Dunn and husband, Dr. Wayne Dunn of Mineral Wells; one brother, Orville Swecker, Huttonsville; one sister, Dolly Mae Cromer of Ohio; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by one infant daughter, Sandra Arlene Chaney; two brothers, Charles and Dewey Swecker; and one sister, Virginia Eye.

Funeral services were held Wednesday at the Mill Creek United Methodist Church with Rev. Bonnie Starkey and Rev. Verl Simmons officiating. Interment followed in the Mill Creek Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Mill Creek United Methodist Church, PO Box 417, Mill Creek, WV 26280.

Condolences may be expressed to the family at

The Tomblyn Funeral Home of Elkins was in charge of funeral arrangements.

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