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Ellen Pope

September 26, 2010
Parkersburg News and Sentinel

Ellen Amelia Dittman Pope, 69, of Parkersburg, passed away after a long, courageous battle with breast cancer.

She was born March 14, 1941, in Hopewell, Va., and died Sept. 24, 2010, at the home of one of her daughters in Charleston with her family by her side.

Ellen was an incredible person. She loved people, books, her dogs and life. She lived her life pursuing her passions. She worked most recently at WVU-P and Borders Books. She was also working on her business, History Alive Today, and had plans to go to many different places to do presentations. She authored a book on Pleasants County history and a children's book titled "Friends With A Difference." Ellen loved Alaska and lived there for many years. When her mother, Mary Ellen Dittman, needed to be cared for she returned to West Virginia. She lived her life to the fullest and if she were still here today, she would tell us all to do the same.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Adolph "Charlie" and Mary Ellen Clark Dittman.

She is survived by her four children, Tony Parsons and his wife, Debbie, Angela Ginnett and her husband, Michael, Kimberly Williams and Nicole Savage and her husband, James Vertin; her grandchildren, Jennifer Thompson, Allen Ginnett, Jaimen Vertin, Jailee Vertin, Javell Vertin and Joenis Vertin; and her great-grandchildren, Maryssa and Luke Thompson.

A memorial service will be held Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, with Pastor Mark Mayfield officiating. Friends may call from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions maybe made to either Kanawha Hospice Care Inc., 1606 Kanawha Blvd. West, Charleston, WV 25312 or Housecalls Hospice, 1226 Market St., Parkersburg, WV 26101.

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