Cheryl Ann Patterson Parks
Cheryl Ann Patterson Parks, 59, of Frametown, passed away April 22, 2016 at Salem Center Nursing Home.
She was born July 14, 1956 in Ohio.
Cheryl was a nurse’s aide and a taxi driver. She enjoyed fishing, family and the internet.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Betty Hamrick Patterson; brothers, Rodney Wayne Patterson and John Allen Patterson; stepbrother, Richard Taylor; brother-in-law, Jackie Taylor; stepmother, Anna L. Patterson.
Cheryl is survived by her father, Fred Patterson of Ivydale; brothers, Mike Patterson (Brenda) of Mt. Airy, NC and David Patterson of Ivydale; sisters, Diana Taylor of Salem, Sandra Teapole of Harrisville and Jolene Belt (Robert) of Bomont;; stepbrothers, James Taylor (Brenda) of Tennessee, Randall Taylor (Linda) of Oklahoma, Jeffrey Taylor (Debbie) of Oklahoma and Steve Rucker (Tracy) of Ohio; stepsisters, Joyce Montgomery (Dan) of California, Stephanie, Beth and Crystal.
Graveside service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at the Patterson – Taylor Cemetery, Strange Creek. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.roachfuneralhome.com. Arrangements by Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.
Erika Ella Keener
Erika Ella Keener, 79, of Frametown, on a beautiful day with not a cloud in the sky, April 18, 2016, a day that all of us felt lucky to be alive, she gently passed away. She was released after a short stay at Ruby Memorial and every day and night her husband cared for her, holding her hand and trading her kisses for bites of her favorite foods. She spent the last month of her life at home surrounded by her loved ones, laughing, telling amazing stories, eating lemon meringue pie and enjoying the last beautiful spring of her life. Her husband said the night before she passed that she stared into his eyes and smiled. It was in this moment that the brightest of lights shone upon them. Seeing this love has been an inspiration to all. To those touched by it, it is one of the greatest love stories ever told.
She was born on July 23, 1936, on a warm day in Manheim, Germany the daughter of the late George and Elisabeth Simons.
Erika as a young girl in 1942 the war had begun and many days followed where she lived in darkness with the sound of bombs. She described a day where she heard the bomb sirens go off and instead of hiding under her desk as instructed, she ran home. The school was destroyed that day, but she lived. Her childhood was spent in fear, but not without love. A few years later her brother, George, brought home an American soldier, who would become her husband. He said the very moment that he saw her that he knew they would marry and she said the same, their love transcending the barrier of language.
She is survived by her husband, Jackie H. Keener, one son, Jackie Keener & wife Teresa of Frametown, three sisters, Elfriede, Marlene and Wilgard and one baby brother, Dieter, granddaughter, Jennifer Ellen Keener of Charleston, whom she raised as her own along side Jennifers’ sister, Elizabeth Keener, who lived gently and passed too soon. She is survived by Jennifers’ and Elizabeths’ children: Tristan, Machaela, Erik, Rhiannon, Rodney and Zuriah each of whom she loved as her own. She is survived by granddaughter, Jillian Eve Keener of Nashville, TN and her children, Aidan, Aliahs and Lillan Faye, granddaughter, India Henline & husband Bryan of Weston and their son, Lance, grandson, Jacob Keener and his girlfriend, Lauryl of Morgantown, grandchildren, Daniel and Shaina Currence, Jason and Danielle Currence, Britney Bowen and her children, John Daniel, Eva Grace, Isabella and Zoey.
Early on she and Jackie became foster parents. She is survived by over 100 foster children who she raised as her own. Erika Ella Keener, Mammaw, Mommy Ricky, was a mother to so many. She would speak fondly of all of the children who came into her home, remembering their names, their special stories and loving each one of them when they needed it the most. Living in the spirit of love she would say, “Suffer the little children to come unto me…” She would want each of you to know that she watches over you and that you are important and loved.
She would have you to remember that everything in this world that you can buy or own can be lost in the blink of an eye. It is only love that survives all things.
We celebrated her life at 6:00 pm on Saturday, April 23, 2016 at Hope Baptist Church in Frametown, WV. We hope that each of you join us in the celebration of a life lived with love and laughter.
Donations or flowers will be accepted. Donations may be made to: Jackie Keener, 707 Upper Mill Creek Rd. Frametown, WV 26623 or made at Premier Bank in Gassaway, WV in Erika’s honor. Greene-Robertson Funeral Home is humbled to be serving the Keener family. Online condolences may be sent to: greene-robertsonfuneralhome.com
Laura L. Laird
Laura L. Laird, 59, of Columbiana, Ohio, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 5:30 pm at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Boardman, Ohio.
Born on June 27, 1956 in Cleveland, Ohio to William Edward and Anna (Westich) Laird, she lived in Mansfield for most of her life, and was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church.
She was active with the Cleveland Sight Center and was a member of the Highbrook Lodge in Chardon, OH.
Laura enjoyed swimming, traveling, shopping, animals, food, and spending time with family and friends in West Virginia. She participated for over 15 years in the Special Olympics and had received over 40 medals.
Survivors include her mother, Anna Laird of Flatwoods, WV; a brother, Louis E. (Helene) Laird of Alliance, OH; a sister, Alicia (Steven) Davis of Flatwoods, WV; several cousins, aunts, and an uncle; and two nieces and a nephew.
Preceding her in death was her father, William Edward “Bill” Laird; and her brother, Michael Laird. Private Family Services will be held at Jefferson Cemetery in Jefferson, PA. Memorial contributions are suggested to Cleveland Sight Center, 1909 E. 101th St., Cleveland, OH 44106. Arrangements are by the Sharer-Stirling-Skivolocke Funeral Home. Online condolences can be given at www.sharerfuneralhome.com
Dorothy E. “Skip” Skidmore
Dorothy E. “Skip” Skidmore, 73 of Dunbar, WV passed away peacefully from cancer at the Hubbard Hospice House on April 17, 2016 with her family and friends by her side.
She was formerly from Frametown, WV and was a 1960 graduate of Gassaway High School.
Dorothy was employed by AT&T for 51 years. She was a member of Hope Baptist Church, Frametown, WV.
Surviving Dorothy is her sister, Doris (Carl) Saunders, of Cross Lanes, WV; brother, Dick (Valorie) Skidmore, of Teays Valley, WV; one nephew, Mark (Bridget) Skidmore and son, Michael, of Morgantown, WV; step-nephew, Mike Turner of Kentucky, and her three adorable cats, Norbet, Casper, and Priscilla. Per Dorothy’s request there will be no service.
She donated her body to the WVU Human Gift Registry.
In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to Kanawha Hospice, 1606 Kanawha Blvd., West, Charleston, WV 25387, or Kanawha-Charleston Animal Shelter, Greenbrier Street, Charleston, WV 25311. Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home has been entrusted to handle the arrangements.
Karen Kay Hart White
Karen Kay Hart White, 59, of Clay, WV, died April 12, 2016. She was the daughter of the late Troy and Jackie Eads Hart of Charleston, WV. Born October 5, 1956. She was preceded in death by her husband, Burly White, brothers James and Hayden Hart. She is survived by brothers, George Hart of Shock, WV, Raymond Hart of Frametown, WV. Roger and Emil Hart of Charleston, WV. Sisters, Ruth Carr of Wilsie, WV, Mary Nicholas and Margaret Moore, both of Gassaway, WV.
At her request, she was cremated and there will be no service.
Arrangements by Wilson Funeral Home, Clay, WV.