Laura Jean Adkins

Laura “Jean” Edman Adkins, 82, of Parkersburg, passed away on June 6, 2013, at Carehaven of Pleasants in Belmont, W.Va.

She was born Aug. 8, 1930, in Wood County, W.Va., a daughter of the late Olen M. and Pearl O. Hamilton Edman.

Jean was a graduate of Parkersburg High School with the class of 1948. She had previously worked as a medical secretary of late Dr. Thomas L. Harris at St. Joseph’s Hospital, medical transcriber for Stantan Clinic, University of Pittsburgh, designer for Rural Arts and Crafts, Parkersburg, owner of Jean’s Things and a craft artisan displaying exhibits at local fairs and festivals throughout WV and OH. She was a member of the Women’s Auxiliary of Postal Workers and South Parkersburg Baptist Church.

She is survived by two sons, John (Connie) Adkins and Robert (Brenda) Adkins, both of Williamstown; six daughters, Judy (John) Staats of Summersville, Carol Sue Adkins of Parkersburg, Mary (Dave) Sheppard of Mineral Wells, Betty Pullin of South Charleston, Jane (Roger) Reynolds of Vienna and Charlotte (Joe) Adkins of Reedsville, Ohio; two sisters, Esther Maxine Utterback of Georgetown, Ind. and Audra M. Hively of Parkersburg; 11 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Harry M. Adkins; two grandsons, Richie and Robert Adkins II; sister, Betty Schoolcraft; and brothers, James Edman and Franklin Buck Edman.

Funeral services will be 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, Pike Street, south Parkersburg, with the Rev. Joe Busch officiating. Interment will follow at Evergreen North Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 4-9 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

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