Wanda L. "Granny" Whipkey, 87, of Parkersburg, formerly of Grantsville died January 19, 2002 in St. Joseph's Hospital in Parkersburg. Born in 1914 at Nobe, she was the daughter of the late Albert Ross and Ida Mae Church Whipkey.

She was affectionately known as "Granny" by hundreds of Calhoun High students who were served up humor and guidance during a several year stint as manager of "The Store" in Grantsville.

Having grown up attending the Nobe Baptist Church, she enjoyed various church services held at Eagle Point Nursing Home where she was a patient. She served as a foster grandmother for 13 years in Calhoun and Wood Counties, and was a former nurse's aid at Calhoun General Hospital.

Surviving, daughters, Janet Rebecca Smith of Parkersburg and Marilyn Frances Mills of Brohard; a son, Richard Neil Whipkey of Parkersburg; sister, Ida Mae Nicholas of Grantsville and six grandchildren, Melissa Nelms, Jennifer Smith, Mary Elizabeth Smith, Samual Anthony Mills, Clinton Charles Mills and Chantal Marie Whipkey and six great-grandchildren, David Almansor, Katlynn Almansor, Rebecca Fraley, Samantha Nelms, Kara Nelms, and John Langenstein

She was also preceded in death by sisters, Lenna Mae Offutt, Goldie Knight and Waneta Lydick; brothers, James Henry Whipkey, Albert Ross Whipkey, George Delbert Whipkey and Delmas Edward Whipkey; grandson, John Patrick Smith and great granddaughter, Athena Dundus.

Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday at 1 p.m. in the Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville by the Rev. Casey Stinespring. Interment will be in the Nobe Cemetery. Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. Monday.

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