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Obituaries for Thursday, May 17, 2001

Mary Pew Roberts

CAIRO -- Mary Pew Roberts, 84, of Cairo, died Tuesday, May 15, 2001, at her home.

She was born June 6, 1916, in Cairo, a daughter of the late John A. and Martha E. Campbell Pew.

Surviving are one daughter and son-in-law, Martha and Dick Hartley, one brother, David C. Pew, and two grandchildren, David C. Hartley, all of Cairo, and Rebecca Hartley Meyer and husband, Peter, Raleigh, N.C.

She was also preceded in death by three brothers, Wallace C., William V. and Robert T. Pew; and one sister, Martha M. Pew.

Mrs. Roberts was a graduate of Cairo High School with the class of 1934. She then attended West Virginia Wesleyan College where she received her bachelor's degree in home economics in 1938. She later graduated from West Virginia University with a master's degree in home economics education. While a teacher at Cairo High School she was the sponsor of a large Future Homemakers of America Chapter which involved many students in activities such as style reviews, initiation teas, Christmas displays and regional and state conferences.

She was a member of the West Virginia Education Association and served as a community representative on the Ritchie County Educational Trust Fund.

After four years of teaching at the Marshall High School in Marshall, Ohio, and 27 years of teaching at Cairo High School and Middle School, she retired to a life of community service. Before and during her retirement she was a dedicated 4-H leader of the Cairo Climbers 4-H Club for 43 years and was recognized for her service to 4-H as a West Virginia 4-H All Star as well as special recognition by the West Virginia 4-H Foundation and the West Virginia University Extension Service. Her belief in the value of 4-H international experiences lead her to establish the Roberts IFYE Fund to help send West Virginia 4-H members on cultural exchanges.

She was a member for 70 years of the Hughes River Presbyterian Church of Cairo where she was an elder and the clerk of session, as well as pianist, organist and teacher in Sunday School.

She quietly supported and promoted community development and service activities. She was a friend and role model of both youth and adults throughout Ritchie County and elsewhere.

It is preferred that memorial contributions be made in the name of Mary Roberts to any of the following organizations: The Ritchie County 4-H Developmental Council, c/o room 103, Ritchie County Court House, Harrisville, WV 26362; West Virginia University Foundation, Roberts IFYE Fund, c/o WVU Extension Service, P.O. Box 6031, Morgantown, WV 26506-9906; or the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation, Cairo Alumni Fund, P.O. Box 1762, Parkersburg, WV 26102-1762.

Virginia R. Galvin

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Virginia R. Reppert Galvin, 85, of Indianapolis, died Sunday, May 13, 2001, at her residence.

Her husband, Ralph B. Galvin, survives.

Also surviving are eight children, Helen C. Weaver, Ralph E. Galvin, Virginia G. Galvin, Matthew R. Galvin, Antoinette B. Galvin, Deborah C. Galvin, Beulah C. Galvin and Peter R. Galvin; three brothers, Alfred R., Stephen E. and Edmund H. Reppert Jr.; one sister, Nancy R. Jonathan; 10 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Galvin was a secretary at Northrup Aviation during the war years while the United States was selling military aircraft. Prior to that she taught shorthand at Strayer University at Washington, D.C.

She was a member of the Orchard Park Presbyterian Church. She was a member of Flemington Order of Eastern Star. She was active in the National Association of Mental Illness.

She graduated from West Virginia University in 1939.

Memorial contributions may be made to National Association of Mental Illness, P.O. Box 40866, Indianapolis, IN 46240.

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