She was born Oct. 17, 1918, in Wood County, a daughter of the late Elbert L. and Myrtle S. Burdette Hale. Lena was the wife of the late Rev. William R. Eaton who served as a pastor with the United Methodist Church. She had been an employee with American Viscose in the spooling department. She was a member of the Lubeck United Methodist Church and was currently attending Crossroads United Methodist Church since residing with her daughter and son-in-law, Betty and Larry Wigal. She had been a partner in ministry with her husband while serving churches in Sandyville, West Union, Ripley and St. Andrews United Methodist in Parkersburg. She was also active in the local, district and conference of the United Methodist Woman.
Lena was a former member of the Order of the Eastern Star in Ripley, former president and member of the Lubeck PTA and former member of the Lubeck Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary. She was avid at crochet, having donated many afghans to the elderly in area nursing homes and enjoyed jigsaw puzzles.
Surviving is one son, Jimmy R. Eaton and his wife, Sue, of Monroe, N.C.; four daughters, Betty Wigal and her husband, Larry, of Lubeck, Janet Walker and her husband, Waldo, of Pasadena, Md., Linda J. Craddock and her husband, General John, of Brussels, Belgium, and Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Mary Jo Brown and her husband, Steve, of Woodbridge, Va.; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; two stepgreat-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; four stepgreat-great-grandchildren; two brothers, John Hale of Elizabeth and James “Jim” Hale of Barlow, Ohio; five sisters, Elizabeth Holbert of Mineral Wells, Lillian Gates of Porterfield, Mary McPeek of Belpre, Doris Moyers of Parkersburg and Georgia Wilson of Florida and Parkersburg; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by brothers, Walter Hale and Burdette “Pete” Hale.
There will be a worship service in honor of Lena at 2 p.m. Sunday at Kimes Funeral Home, 521 Fifth St., Parkersburg, with the Rev. John Frum and the Rev. Steve Rhoades officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Memory Gardens. The visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the Crossroads United Methodist Camp Endowment Fund, United Methodist Foundation of WV Inc., P.O. Box 3811, Charleston, WV 25338-3811, or to Housecalls/Hospice, 1601 Garfield Avenue, Parkersburg, WV 26101.
Online condolence messages may be sent to the family by visiting www.kimesfh.com .