Mary Helen Reed Cutlip was raised to glory on Feb. 27, 2014, following a brief illness.
She was born Sept. 26, 1926, in Burnsville, W.Va., the oldest daughter of Gilbert and Gladys Reed.
She graduated from Sand Fork High School in 1944 as valedictorian of her class. She attended college at Glenville State College and completed her degree in 1948 at West Virginia University, majoring in home economics, with extra classes in art.
She worked briefly as a designer at the Diamond Department Store in Charleston, W.Va., before returning to Glenville, to complete her teaching certificate. She taught home economics for two years at Troy High School. During that time, she met Ancil B. Cutlip, a vocational teacher at Normantown, W.Va., whom she married Aug. 4, 1950.
She became a full-time mother and homemaker, caring for their two children and her mother-in-law. She delighted in utilizing her home economic skills in caring for her home and family. She was known for her hospitality with delicious meals and home-made bread, cookies, cakes and pies. She was also an excellent seamstress, making most of her and her daughters' clothes.
Her mother-in-law taught her to spin wool on a spinning wheel and she began demonstrating the skill at the West Virginia Folk Festival in Glenville. In 1964, she was invited to the Mountain State Art and Craft Fair in Cedar Lakes, and continued to share her knowledge and skill there for 18 years. She also traveled throughout West Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C., sharing the history and traditions of spinning.
She supported her husband's work in the West Virginia Cooperative Extension Service, demonstrating cooking and sewing procedures, and she was a 4-H leader.
After her husband's retirement, they returned to Glenville, where they cared for her mother for 15 years. After celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary, they moved to Vienna, W.Va.
Mary Helen grew up in church where her mother played the piano. At the age of 19, she attended a revival meeting at the First Baptist Church, Glenville, and there trusted Jesus Christ as her Savior. She has been a church member in each community where she lived, helping in Vacation Bible Schools, providing meals and participating in the women's mission circles. She loved reading her Bible and devotions and prayerfully remembered family and friends. At the time of her death, she was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church, Parkersburg.
She was welcomed into the Church Triumphant by her parents; her husband, Ancil of 54 years; her sister, Lois Reed Adams; her son-in-law, Marvin "Skip" Hawley; and extended family back through the generations of the great cloud of witnesses. She is survived by her two daughters, Rebecca Lynn with her husband the Rev. Daniel Taylor of Dover, Del., and Joyce Ann Hawley of Williamstown, W.Va.; four grandchildren, Keren Hawley Threlfall and her husband Daniel of Greenville, S.C., Mary Beth Hawley of Yokohama, Japan, and her fiance Lewis Baumgardner, Jacob Taylor of Vienna, and Sarah Taylor of Newark, Ohio; three great-grandchildren, Hana Kate, Eden and Justus Threlfall; three step-grandchildren, Michael (Joan) and Mark Hawley and Kelly (Erik) Klaustermeyer; and a step-great-grandson, Matt Ryan. She is survived also by her sister, Jean Mills of Michigan; and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. April 26, 2014, at the Emmanuel Baptist Church.
The family requests that memorial donations be made to support missionaries J.D. and Rhonda Reed, International Ministries, American Baptist Churches USA, P.O. Box 851, Valley Forge, PA 19482-0851 or Wood County Christian School, 113 West Ninth Street, Williamstown, WV 26187.
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