|Obituaries for Sunday, June 1, 2003
CLARKSBURG -- Joseph J. Ayoob, 73, of 317 Capitol Street, Clarksburg, W.Va., died Friday evening, May 30, 2003, at 8:30 p.m. at his residence under the care of Hospice.
He was born April 5, 1930, at St. Mary's Hospital in Clarksburg, son of the late Nemar Ayoob and Mary Herrick Ayoob.
Surviving is his wife of 46 years, Victoria Caroli Ayoob, at home.
Other survivors include: one son, Perry J. Ayoob and wife, Mary Jane, of Charleston, W.Va.; two daughters, Trina Jo McKiernan and husband, Dan, of Parkersburg, W.Va., and Cathy A. Ayoob of Glen Burnie, Maryland; five grandchildren, Jared and Lauren McKiernan of Parkersburg, W.Va., and Zachary, Alexandra and Matthew Ayoob of Charleston, W.Va.; one sister, Elizabeth Ayoob of Clarksburg, W.Va.
Preceding him in death were three brothers, John and Tom Ayoob of Clarksburg, W.Va., and George Ayoob of Michigan; seven sisters, Ann Ayoob, Julia Salfia, Emily Poe, Thelma Boldyga, all of Clarksburg, W.Va., and Rose Herrick, Adele Herrick and Louise Marsh, all of Detroit, Michigan.
Mr. Ayoob was a graduate of R-W High School.
He worked at Eagle Convex Glass Co. for 46 years and served as president of the local union.
He was a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus, a veteran of the United States Marines stationed in Cuba and a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.
The family will receive friends and relatives at the Bartolo Funeral Home, downtown Clarksburg, on Sunday, June 1, from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. and on Monday, June 2, from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Tuesday, June 3, at 10 a.m. at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Father Timothy Grassi as the celebrant. Interment will be in the Holy Cross Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family wishes donations be made to People's Hospice or the Immaculate Conception Church building fund.
Bartolo Funeral Home.
WESTON -- Betty Nease Harden, 79, of 1306 Valley Chapel Road, Weston, died at 1:30 a.m. on Friday, May 30, 2003, in United Hospital Center of Clarksburg following an extended illness.
She was born in Enterprise, WV, on January 1, 1924, daughter of the late Reverend O.F. Nease and Mary Catherine (Moore) Nease.
Mrs. Harden was married to Earl D. Harden I, who preceded her in death.
Mrs. Harden is survived by one daughter, Beth Ellen Nease of Weston; two brothers and one sister-in-law, William Nease and wife Wilda and Robert Nease, all of Fairmont; one sister and brother-in-law, Ruth Nease Hall and husband Charles "Buckshot" of Freemansburg community. Also surviving are one foster daughter, Helen Nutter Baynes of Celebration, FL, and several nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Harden was preceded in death by one sister, Lucy Nease Graham.
Mrs. Harden was a retired school teacher. She taught in Maryland and North Carolina, and in 1969 came to Lewis County and finished her teaching career at Jane Lew Junior High School.
She was a charter member of the Valley View Church of the Nazarene, where she had been a Sunday school teacher, played the piano and worked extensively with their mission work.
Mrs. Harden's love of teaching was instrumental in her decision to donate her body to the Anatomical Gift Registry for use in West Virginia University School of Medicine. In her death, her teaching may continue.
A Celebration of Her Life will be held on Saturday, June 7, 2003, at 3 p.m. from the Valley View Church of the Nazarene of Jane Lew with Pastor Toby Dukish officiating. A fellowship time will precede services from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday at the church.
Donations may be made to the Valley View Church of the Nazarene, World Evangelization Fund, 1746 U.S. Highway 19 North, Jane Lew, WV 26378.
Boyle Funeral Home of Weston.
CLARKSBURG -- Daisy B. Fittro, age 80, of 308 South Chestnut Street, Clarksburg, WV, died at 3:50 a.m. on Saturday, May 31, 2003, at the United Hospital Center following an extended illness.
She was born in Pennsboro, WV, February 27, 1923, a daughter of the late George Haskins and Mary Jane Horton.
Her husband, Cecil Creed Fittro, whom she married on March 22, 1951, preceded her in death on February 25, 1990.
Surviving are three sons, Pearlie Edward Ankrom, Clarksburg, WV, Gary Wayne Fittro and Rodney Clarence Fittro, both of Massillon, OH; two daughters, Mrs. Sharline M. Woofter and Mrs. Steven (Rita) Yoders, both of Clarksburg, WV; twenty-four grandchildren; seventeen great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Fittro was preceded in death by five sisters.
Mrs. Fittro was Baptist by faith and a homemaker.
Friends may call at the Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 East Main Street, Clarksburg, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Monday, where a funeral service will be held on Tuesday, June 3, 2003, at 1 p.m., with the Reverend Harry Delaney presiding. Interment will follow in Stonewall Park Cemetery.
GRAFTON -- Carolyn McIntosh McAvoy, age 97, passed away at the Alliance Personal Care Home in Grafton, WV, on May 30, 2003.
She was born on October 28, 1905, in Simpson, WV, the second child of thirteen born to Bruce and Viola Bartlett McIntosh.
She married Ellis M. McAvoy of Webster County, WV, on December 22, 1923, in Oakland, Md.
They had six children, five of whom survive her. They are Betty Jo McDermott of Oklahoma City, Lorraine Corrothers of Hume, VA, Rogers McAvoy of Helvetia, WV, Nelson McAvoy of Keyser, WV, and Richard McAvoy of Forest Grove, Oregon; four sisters, Geraldine Gwynn, Helen Ondo, Maxine Barney and Dorothey Lee Pasko. Also surviving are seventeen grandchildren, some 30 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ellis M. McAvoy, on August 23, 1977; one son, James M. McAvoy; a great-granddaughter Erin McAvoy; and eight siblings.
She was a longtime employee of the Carr China Pottery, retiring from there in 1952.
She was a member of The Church of the Good Shepherd.
Friends will be received at the Bartlett Funeral Home, 202 McGraw Ave., Grafton, WV, on Tuesday, June 3, 2003, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Funeral services will be conducted on Wednesday, June 4, 2003, at 1 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment will follow in the Woodsdale Memorial Park.