Grace Virginia Knopp, 83, of Vienna, passed away Nov. 23, 2012, at Camden Clark Medical Center due to complications from a stroke.
Her family was by her side, having kept a vigil with her for over two weeks, thanks to the wonderful care, kindness and generosity of the Hospice nurses and staff.
She was born June 12, 1929, in Wood County, a daughter and 12th child of the late John Asa Pugh and Nevada May Longwell Pugh.
She was a homemaker who loved God and her family above all else. She enjoyed cooking, crocheting, quilting, gardening, growing roses and family reunions. She was the originator of the annual Pugh Family Reunion held in Jackson Park for almost 50 years. She joined Wesley Methodist Church in the 1950's but had not attended for several years. She and her husband had raised chickens in Vienna for Southern States, owned and operated a small dairy farm in Ohio, owned and operated a small trailer court in Vienna and had bought and sold furniture for several years.
She is survived by her daughter, Jeanie Wines Rouse of Parkersburg; her stepdaughter, Gloria Knopp Gilbert of Coolville, Ohio; her stepson, Hayward Knopp of Reno, Ohio; a sister, Ethlyn M. Clark of Vienna; 11 grandchildren, Lorie King of Vienna, Matthew (Alicia) Wines of Vienna, George (Wendy) Gilbert, Scott Gilbert and Joshua (Beth) Gilbert, all of Coolville, Ohio, and Becky Sue, Tim, Hayward, Joe, Kathryn and Angela Knopp, all from Ohio; and 10 great-grandchildren, Dale, Nathan and Alexandria King, Ethan and Devon Wines, Morgan Gilbert, Levi, Jessica and Karen Gilbert and Laura Gilbert; one great-niece, Amanda Branch; and her beloved cat, Muffin.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years, Harvey F. Knopp; three brothers, Ernest (Frances), William (Glada) and Bert (Betty) Pugh; seven sisters, Viola (Ray) Weaver, Hazel (Charley) Nutter, Garnet (Wade) Waybright, Dolly (Glenmar) Byrd, Vera (Clifford) Earl, Olive Pugh and Lorraine Pugh.
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home in Vienna, W.Va., with Pastor Todd E. Hill officiating. Burial will follow at Baptist Grove Cemetery in Ripley, Jackson County, W.Va. Visitation will be 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
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