- Ruth Eleanor Forinash
Ruth Eleanor Thran Wittman Forinash, age 94, passed away Sept. 27, 2015, at home, surrounded by her family on the day of super moon in Aries and a total lunar eclipse. She was born April 9, 1921, in Philadelphia, and lived in Fairmont; Munich, Germany; Ft. Benning/Columbus, Ga., and had resided in Concord, Mass. for the past 24 years.
She was predeceased by her biological parents, Richard Cephas Thran and Edith Kibblehouse; her adoptive parents, Fred and Clyde Wittman; her spouse, Kyle Forinash Jr.; her twin brother, Richard Cephas Wittman and his spouse, Rowena; and her sister, Marion Thran Gibson and her spouse, Pete.
While in W.Va. she worked for the Monongahela Power Company where, as a home economist, she taught cooking schools and helped rural people learn how to use electricity and electric stoves in the 1930s and 40s. She told stories about having to reassure people who worried about electricity leaking out of the wall outlets, as they thought that it would leak like water from a faucet.
She gave up her burgeoning career to marry and raise her children. She was an excellent cook and homemaker and was affectionately known as "Nana Ruth" by several generations of children. She took up painting in her 50s and was well known for her handcrafting, especially for quilting, making crocheted Christmas angels and eggshell ornaments. She continued to be an active quilter and crafter up until her death in spite of macular degeneration and hearing loss.
Forinash is survived by her daughter, Dr. Michele Forinash and her partner, Lisa Kynvi of Concord, Mass; and grandchildren, Adele, Kylene, and Mariele Forinash Aziz of Concord, with whom she lived for the past 24 years; her son, Dr. Kyle (Miriam) Forinash of Louisville, Ky., and their children, Matthew (Lisa Inks) Griffith of Washington, D.C.; Jillian Griffith (Kalani) Kordus and great-grandchildren, Olivia and Valentine of San Francisco.
She is also survived by her former son-in-law, Michael Aziz of Concord; her sister, Julie (Elmer) Eisenhower of Mechanicsburg, Pa. as well as wonderful nieces and nephews around the world.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Peace Lutheran Church of Wayland, Mass. and St. Mathew Lutheran Church of Columbus, Ga.
There will be a memorial service at Trinitarian Congregational Church in Concord, Mass. on All Saints Sunday, Nov. 1, at 2 p.m. with a reception to follow at the family home.
For online guestbook please visit www.deefuneralhome.com.
- Virginia Mae McHenry
Virginia Mae McHenry, age 49, of Adrian, passed away Aug. 19, 2015. at her home.
She was born July 31, 1966 in Lewis County: a daughter of Charles Lowther and Shirley Ann (Henline) Bonnett.
She was a member of Broad Street United Methodist Church.
She is preceded in death by her parents and mother in-law, Thelma McHenry.
She is survived by her loving husband, Glenn McHenry; son, Thomas Tomey; brother, Jimmy Bonnet; aunts, Irma Richards and Jessie Farrel of Va.; uncle, Bobby Henline of Weston; grandparents, Rosie and Ronald Atkinson; special niece, Nancy Fisher.
Also surviving are her four grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.
She loved all of her dogs dearly as they were her babies. There will be a memorial service set at a later time by family.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.ferrell-chamberfuneralhome.com.
Tri-State Cremation Society is assisting the family with arrangements.
- Michael L. Vankirk
Michael L. Vankirk, age 69, of Decatur, Texas, formerly of Graham, Texas, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015, in Fort Worth, Texas.
He was born Sept. 21, 1946, in Sutton, to Myrtle Faye (McHenry) and Oley Patrick Vankirk. He was a truck driver and mechanic in the oil and gas industry. He served his country in the U. S. Air Force. He was an avid fisherman.
He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Luz Maria Lopez Vankirk; sons, Richard Lowrance, Carlton Lowrance, Norman Vankirk and Roberto Rodriguez; daughters, Debbie Reynolds, Alicia Pagan, Patricia Gustke, Judy Lowrance and Jackie Guin; sister, Glenda Townsend; 22 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his grandson, Matthew Carter.
A memorial service was held at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 6, in the Chapel at Chancellor and Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur, Texas. Pastor Todd Blair officiated.
- Genevieve Louise Yerkey
Genevieve Louise Yerkey, 92, of Weston, WV passed away on Monday, October 5, 2015
at home following a brief illness. She was born in Bristol, WV on April 13, 1923: daughter of
the late Ward Merritt and Bessie (Moore) Merritt. On November 29, 1940, she married Adam
Brown, he passed away on December 18, 1963. On February 9, 1970 she married Clarence
Yerkey, he passed away on February of 1986.
She is survived by two daughters: Bessie Kiger of Elkins, WV and Wilma
Edwards of Weston, two sons: Jeffery Brown & Beverly of Jane Lew and Lee Ward Brown
(deceased), five grandchildren: Terri Hyre, Christopher Curtis, Kelli Hudson, Adam Edwards, and
Keith Brown (deceased), and eleven great grandchildren: Christopher Curtis II, Joshua Hyre (deceased), Justin Hyre, Ty Hudson, Alexis Hudson, Denisea Curtis, Abagail Curtis , Aliyna Curtis, Autumn Curtis, Ava Curtis, and Wyatt Edwards. She is also survived by one sister: Betty Gain of Weston, and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husbands, Mrs. Yerkey was preceded in death by three brothers: Cecil Merritt, George Merritt, and Eddie Merritt.
She was a homemaker and Baptist by faith. She loved to quilt, crochet, work in her flower beds and garden. Her greatest joy however was spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Family and friends will be received at Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Wednesday, October 7, 2015 from 5-8 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Thursday at 11a.m. from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Reverend Clifford West officiating. Interment will follow services in Peterson Cemetery, Weston, WV. In lieu of flowers, please send donation to WVU Children's Hospital. On-line condolences and life stories in memory of Mrs. Yerkey may be expressed at hardman-palettifuneralhome.com.
Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored to serve the family of Genevieve Louise Yerkey.