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Norma L. Ketchum

December 24, 2012
Parkersburg News and Sentinel

Norma L. Ketchum, 88, of Hockingport, Ohio, passed away Dec. 21, 2012.

She was born Feb. 9, 1924, in Calhoun County, W.Va., to the late Peter and Clara (Wright) Looney.

She and her late husband, Harold Ketchum, opened and operated Ketchum's General Store in Hockingport for more than 50 years, and were a mainstay of support and service to the community throughout their lives. She attended Hockingport United Methodist Church.

Mrs. Ketchum was preceded in death by her husband, Harold; two brothers, Denzil and Harold Looney; and three sisters, Mae Hicks, Maude Hileman and Paulene Boso.

Norma is survived by her children, Karen (and Gilbert) Branham of Parkersburg, W.Va., and Roger Ketchum of Hockingport, Ohio; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and her brother, Ralph Looney, also of Parkersburg.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. today at Leavitt Funeral Home, Belpre. Burial will follow in Stewart Cemetery at Hockingport.

Donations may be made to the Amedysis Hospice in memory of Norma.

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