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Betty Jane Whitlatch

November 27, 2012
Parkersburg News and Sentinel

Betty Jane Graham Whitlatch, 91, of Vienna, died Nov. 25, 2012.

She was born in Parkersburg, the daughter of the late Ernest W. and Freda Crawford Graham on May 31, 1921. Betty graduated from Parkersburg High School in 1939. Betty was a homemaker and an active member of the St. John United Methodist Church, where she was a charter member of the Esther Circle. She was a 50 year member of the United Methodist Women, having served as President of the group. For most of her life she was an active member of First United Methodist Church, Parkersburg, where she taught Sunday School for 26 years. Betty was a past High Priestess of Bethany Shrine #4, and a charter member of Clara-Edna Chapter Order of Eastern Star spanning 50 years. She organized and was the first Guardian of Job's Daughters, Bethel #3, Parkersburg. She served as Guardian from 1956 to 1963. Betty also volunteered at the Information Desk for 25 years at St. Joseph's Hospital, as well as the American Red Cross.

She is survived by four daughters, Priscilla Wines and her husband Ron of Parkersburg, Sue Rhymer and her husband Pete, Judith Miller, and Beverly Alfred and her husband Ed, all of Vienna; 12 grandchildren, Ronald D. Wines II of Parkersburg, Mary Jane Coffman and her husband James of Williamsport, Md., Scott O. Miller and his wife Julie of Parkersburg, Laurie A. Courier of Parkersburg, Angela M. Wines of Belpre, Andrea S. Howard and her husband Mark of Lexington, Ky., Stace G. Miller and his wife Rae Ellen of Parkersburg, Sue Anne Pennington and her husband Gary of Parkersburg, Donald W. Rhymer and his wife Dawn of Monument, Colo., Jane G. Alfred of Laurinburg, N.C., Nathan J. Alfred of Vienna and Nicholas E. Alfred of Elkins, W.Va.; 23 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Stacy Donald Whitlatch in 2007.

The family expresses their gratitude for the loving and devoted care given Betty while she resided at Ohio Valley Health Care, including Dr. Powderly and Kate Hasse.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Thursday at the St. John United Methodist Church in Vienna, with Rev. Danny McVey, Rev. Norman Butler and Rev. Mike Horner officiating. Entombment will follow at the Evergreen North Cemetery Mausoleum. Friends may call from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, Vienna, with a White Shrine Service at 7:30 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Good Samaritan Center at Wayside United Methodist Church, 3001 Grand Central Avenue, Vienna, WV 26105.

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