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Dorothy Elizabeth Wagoner
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Obituary for Dorothy Elizabeth Wagoner

Fort Ashby, WV-

Dorothy Elizabeth Wagoner, 87, went home to be with the Lord, Monday, February 19, 2018 at WMHS, Cumberland.

Born October 16, 1930 in Alaska, WV (now Fort Ashby), she was the daughter of the late Jacob Bane Rinker and Nellie Francis (Wagoner) Rinker.

She was also preceded in death her husband, Lambert Melvin Wagoner and an infant brother, Robert Rinker.

She was a graduate of Fort Ashby High School, Class of 1949.

She was employed at Ratcliff’s Local EG Store for 26 years.

Dorothy was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, where she belonged to the United Methodist Women and taught Sunday School Nursery Class for 17 years. She was a member of N.A.R.V.E. for 23 years and held several offices. She had served as Den Mother for Cub Scout Troop #69.

Dorothy was a member of the Fort Ashby VFW Ladies Auxiliary Post #6667 for 65 years, where she held every office. She was State Auxiliary President from 1978-1979. Dorothy traveled to the National Convention in Hawaii in order that West Virginia was represented. Dorothy loved youth and served as a VFW youth camp counselor for 30 years.

She enjoyed playing Rec League sports in her younger years, softball, volleyball, and loved to bowl duckpins. She loved to garden, plant flowers, and watch her hummingbirds.

Dorothy was a very patriotic person and always volunteered to work election polls. She loved the outdoors and her favorite pets were cats, especially Boo Boo and Toby. Dorothy was a great fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates and the West Virginia Mountaineers. She loved her grandchildren and followed them in all their school activities.

Surviving are her children, Erma Watts, Rehobeth, DE, Linda Triplett and husband Steve, Keyser, Sally Suter and husband Tom, Keyser, Jim Wagoner and wife Vonda, Short Gap, and Bonnie Wagoner, who lived with her and lovingly care for her; eight grandchildren, Patrick, Jason, Rachel, and Clinton Watts, Amanda Bogdan, Matthew Triplett, Shane Wagoner, and Shannon Bivens; 11 great, grandchildren, and 7 great, great grandchildren.

Visitation at Upchurch Funeral Home, Inc, Route 28, Fort Ashby, on Friday from 6-9 PM and Saturday from 11 AM-1 PM. A memorial service by the Fort Ashby VFW Ladies Auxiliary Post #6667 will be held Friday at 7 PM, followed by a service from the United Methodist Women.

The funeral service will be held on Saturday at 1 PM in the funeral home, with Pastor James Jeffries and Pastor Sara Lamb, officiating.

Interment will be in Fort Ashby Cemetery.

Serving as pallbearers will be Patrick and Clinton Watts, Shane Wagoner, Matthew Triplett, Paul Bogdan, and Tim Bivens. Honorary pallbearers will be Bill Judy, Gary Carroll, Kerry Puffinburger, and Joe Nestor.

Memorial contributions may be made to either the Fort Ashby Volunteer Fire Dept., P.O. Box 1110, Fort Ashby, WV 26719 or to the Fort Ashby Food Pantry, 254 Ridgewood Drive, Fort Ashby, WV 26719.

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