Alathea Walker Alsup was born in Missoula, Mont., on April 27, 1924, the fourth child of Rueben and Stella Walker.
She grew up in Cedar Vale, Kan., where her mother was a pharmacist and the owner of Whitney Drug Store. She graduated from the Kansas State Teachers College in Pittsburg, Kan., with a BS in Biology. She then interned at Christ Hospital in Topeka, Kan., to become an ASCP Medical Technologist. She worked in medical labs in Kansas and West Virginia. When her family was grown, she became a realtor and worked for Gateway Realty in Parkersburg for several years. She was the local President of the League of Women Voters in the early 1960’s in Parkersburg.
In 1950, Alathea married her college sweetheart, Richard Alsup. They had four sons who grew up in Vienna, W.Va., where their father worked for DuPont. She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard; and one son, Martin.
She is survived by three sons, Michael and family of Houston, Texas, Mitchell and family of Austin, Texas, and Glenn and family of Denver, Colo. Alathea enjoyed being a grandmother and had seven grandchildren who were her joy and delight. She is survived by one sister, Julia; and several nieces and nephews. She was particularly close to nephew, Bruce Cable; and niece, Jan Bly.
Alathea grew up in an artistic family and enjoyed art for her whole life. She did mainly portraits but also painted flowers, scenery and still life in pastel, oils and watercolor. She had several one-woman shows in local banks and was the first artist to exhibit on the Mezzanine at the Parkersburg Art Center. She and her husband organized the Mezzanine Library there, which is named in their honor.
Alathea and Richard enjoyed many activities and hobbies. They belonged to the Parkersburg Actors Guild, the Smoot Theater, the Tempo Dance Club, the Blennerhassett Bridge Club, the Parkersburg Country Club, the Parkersburg Art Center, as well as several private clubs.
When her husband retired from DuPont, they traveled the world, taking land trips and cruises. They also enjoyed many Elderhostels and tours. She loved the beach and went there often, particularly Myrtle Beach, Virginia Beach and Sanibel. She will be missed intensely by family and friends.
Please support the Parkersburg Art Center in the memory of Alathea and Richard Alsup.
There will be a Celebration of the Life of Alathea Alsup on the afternoon of Dec. 30, at the Parkersburg Art Center.
For more information, go to www.parkersburgartcenter.org/events