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Martha Bernice Deem

September 16, 2012
Parkersburg News and Sentinel

Martha Bernice Deem, 89, of Mineral Wells, passed away Sept. 14, 2012, at Camden Clark Medical Center following a short illness.

She was born April 30, 1923, in Leroy, W.Va., a daughter to the late James and Alice Hersman Taylor.

She was a member of Valley Chapel United Methodist Church of Chesterville Road, Mineral Wells. She retired from Sylvania (former Union Insulator) and she loved to hunt, fish, travel, bake pies, feed her birds, eat tomatoes and sew. Most of all she loved her family, each and every one in different ways, but always brought them together.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Willard C. Deem; brothers, Bryce Hersman Taylor and James Stanley Taylor; and sisters, Cleo Smith Caltrider and Nellie Alice Life.

She is survived by her children, Carolyn Deem Boise of Mineral Wells, James Willard Deem of Mineral Wells and Lynda Deem Lowe of Parkersburg; a nephew that she raised as a son, David Lee Taylor; sister, Naomi Ann Seacrist of Texas; brother, William Adrian Taylor of Cottageville; along with several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

She was blessed to have a longtime friend of more than 60 years, Frankie Lee Burton, that she traveled the United States with; a very special friend, Guy R. Smith; and her spiritual friends of more than 60 years, Pastor Robert and Dolly Holland.

Service will be 11 a.m. Monday at Sunset Memorial Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Roger Parsons and Paul Williams officiating. Burial will follow in Sunset Memory Gardens. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be made in Mrs. Deem's honor to the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association.

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