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Obituaries from the Parsons Advocate, 

  6 February 2008

Mary "Joan" Bennett

Mary “Joan” Funkhouser Bennett, age 78 years, a resident of Sunset Heights, Parsons, W. Va., departed this life Friday, Feb. 1, 2008 at her home. She had been in declining health.

She was born Monday, April 7, 1929, at Hambleton, a daughter of the late Jacob and Ida Dellinger Funkhouser. She was married on Dec. 30, 1949 to Wallace Bennett, who survives. They celebrated 58 years of marriage.

Also surviving are one son, John Bennett and wife Sarah Hamilton Bennett; and one daughter, Jane Leard and husband Robert, all of Parsons; four grandsons, Jacob Dayton and John “Daniel” Bennett of Parsons, James Leard and wife Elvira Shreve Leard of Grafton and Jordan Michael Leard of Parsons; two great- grandchildren, Meredith Elaine and Christian Michael Leard of Grafton.

She was the last surviving member of her immediate family having been preceded in death by four brothers, infant, Jacob “Burvin” Funkhouser, Carl Funkhouser, Theodore Funkhouser and Thomas Funkhouser; and four sisters, Florence Funkhouser, Alice Painter, Nora Srp and Mildred Dressler.

She was a graduate of Parsons High School with the class of 1947. She was a payroll clerk for the former Dorman Mills Company of Parsons for many years. She was a billing clerk for the former Tucker County Hospital of Parsons until her retirement. Joan was very active in her early years in civic organizations and in her church. She enjoyed her grandchildren and took great care of her family. She was a Christian by faith and was a member of Parsons Church of God.

The family received friends at Lohr & Barb Funeral Home of Parsons on Monday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Final rites were conducted at the funeral home parlor Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 11 a.m. The Rev. Robert Leard and the Rev. Eli Hostetler officiated and interment followed in Parsons City Cemetery at Parsons. The Lohr & Barb Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Mary “Joan” Funkhouser Bennett. Condolences may be expressed to the family at 

Elsie George

Elsie Schuyler Lyon Moore George, a scholar who helped shaped the American History Advanced Placement exams for high school seniors, died on January 30, 2008 in Springfield, Va.

She was born on April 28, 1921 in Chicago.  A journalism and history major at Northwestern University and the University of N.C., chapel Hill, she met and married Harley Huey Moore, while in North Carolina.  she flew with her young children to join her husband, a pilot with CATC Airline in Shanghai, China.  Elsie and Harley toured the farthest reaches of China and in some outposts, Elsie was the "first white woman" the natives had ever seen.  After her husband's plane crashed and he died, she taught history at Kamehameha School on Oahu, Hawaii.  After her marriage to Navy Lieutenant Otto Lindman George, the family moved to the suburban Washington D.C. and lived in Falls church, Fairfax, McLean, and Leesburg. 

Elsie taught at many area schools, among them Langley High School, Edison High School, and South Lakes High School and was the academic coach at Edison and south Lakes for the "It's Academic" TV program.  She taught at the American School near Tokyo, Japan in 1964-66.  She forged a relationship with the Educational Testing Service, the SAT provider, which resulted in her being appointed to be a reader and eventually a table leader for the American History Advanced Placement exams.  this exam allows high school students to receive college credit for advanced courses taken in high school.  Ms George helped to establish new guidelines for these tests, and trained teachers on the procedures for their students to master these advanced exams.

After completing her PhD from American University, with a dissertation on the women appointees of the Truman and FDR administrations, ms. George continued her teaching career in Las Vegas, Nev.  She instituted a new curriculum at the college preparatory Meadows School and was appointed to teach history and women's studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, pioneering such new courses as Women in Literature and Women in Politics. 

Elsie was one of the first property owners in Timberline, Canaan Valley in West Virginia.  Living for the past few years in Springfield, Va., Elsie George succumbed to the ravages of Alzheimer's disease. 

She is survived by her four children: Pamela Tyng of Williamsburg, Va., Stephanie Myers of Las Vegas, Nev., Kevin George of Alexandria, Va., and Gretchen Annese of Bedford, Mass.; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Alzheimer's Association 11240 Waples Mill Road, suite 402 Fairfax, VA  22030 or to Planned Parenthood (343 West 33rd Street, New York, new York 10001) or the Alzheimer's Association., Fl 17 Chicago, IL  60601.

The public is invited to a Memorial Service at Arlington national Cemetery columbarium on Feb. 29, 2008 at 11 a.m.  Those wishing to attend should arrive at the administration building by 10:30 a.m. 

Arrangements by Loudoun Funeral Chapels.  

Eleanor Jinker

Eleanor L. Ferguson Lu Jinker, the beloved mother of Terence and Marion (Sabades) Lu of Atlanta, Ga. and Sheldon and Beth (Harris) Lu of Washington, D.C. died Jan. 29, 2008. 

Eleanor was born in Parkersburg in 1935 to Troy and Helen (Phillips) Ferguson and is the first of five children of Irish/German descent.

She was a grandmother to Sean Lu, Christine Lu, Natalie Lu and Isabella Lu.  She was also a sister to John and Jean (Cotrill) Ferguson of Decatur, Tenn., Laura B. Ferguson of Brainerd, Minn., Carol Ferguson Maushardt of Ravenswood and Gene and Ann (Ferguson) Cather of Ravenswood.  also surviving are two aunts along with many cousins, nieces and nephews. 

Eleanor was preceded in death by her husband Paul Jinker and her parents Helen and Troy Ferguson.

Eleanor graduated from Monongalia Nursing School with an RN and from West Va. State with her BS.

Eleanor worked as a nurse in many communities including New York, N.Y., Dayton, Ohio, Taichung, Taiwan, Jacksonville, Fla. and Ripley.  she retired from the nursing profession in 1998.  Thorughout her life she cared for others.  Her career as a nurse spanned hospitals, teaching schools and nursing homes.

She enjoyed animals, books, travel, art, her family and friends around the world.  As her health allowed she participated in many art classes, church organizations, civic organizations and professional organizations.

She will be remembered for her personal strength, her love of animals and her love of mankind.  She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church for fifty years and had a devout faith in Jesus Christ and  an unshakeable confidence in the Resurrection.

Memorial service will be held at the First Presbyterian church in Ravenswood on Feb. 9, 2008. 

Remembrances can be made to the first Presbyterian church of Ravenswood, 601 S. Ritchie Avenue, Ravenswood, WV  26164 and the Ravenswood Public Library, 323 Virginia Street, Ravenswood, WV  26164.  

Ethel Goff Robertson

Ethel Robertson was called home to be with her heavenly Father on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2008.

Ethel was born on Sept. 30, 1918 in Parsons, W.Va., to James and Margaret Hansford Goff.  In 1948, she married Ralph E "Jim" Robertson in Winchester, VA.  After living in Cumberland, Md., they moved to Gulf Breeze, Fla. in March 1961. 

She was a charter member of Gulf Breeze Presbyterian Church.  Ethel was a devoted homemaker, wife and Mother.

She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Margaret Goff.  Her husband Ralph E. "Jim" Robertson, her stepson Donald C. Robertson, two brothers, Dizz and Frank Goff, and five sisters, Beulah, Lena, Eve, Elsie and Grace.

Ethel leaves to cherish her memory her loving and devoted daughter, Susan (Ernie) Schluter; stepdaughter, Janet Robertson; three grandchildren, Bridget (Robert) McClendon, Scott (Jennifer) Schluter and Brandy (Josh) Jones.  Five great grandchildren, Brooke Reynolds, Garrett and Madison Schluter, McKenzie and Skyler Jones.

A great niece Jo Elizabeth (Michael) Brown and a great, great nephew Max Brown.  Many nieces, nephews and their families, plus many friends located throughout the U.S. that she loved so very much. 

The family would like to thank Gulf Breeze Presbyterian Church, Rev. Jerry Blacklaw and church members for their faithful support, visits, cards, flowers and prayers.  gulf Breeze Hopsital Nursing staff, Dr. William Howe and staff, Senior Home Care, especially Hope Austin who went above and beyond her duties with loving care and devotion.  Last but not least her faithful  and loving care givers Cordelia Irwin, Pat Schluter & Jo Beth Brown.

Ethel's gentle and sweet spirit will be greatly missed by her family and many special friends.

Visitation will be at Gulf Breeze Presbyterian Church at 3 p.m., services to follow at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 6.  In lieu of flowers please make donations to Gulf breeze Presbyterian Church. 

Pallbearers: Schott Schluter, Robert McClendon, Josh Jones, Michael Brown, J.b. Schluter and Larry Kellar.

Arrangements entrusted to Rose Lawn funeral Home. 

Obituaries reprinted courtesy of the Parsons Advocate.






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