(06/21/2002)
Grantsville social worker and civic leader, Mary Helen Wolfe Hartshorn, 73, has died in Charleston Area Medical Center after a short illness. She was formerly employed by the Calhoun Health Department, the Calhoun Extension office and was retired from the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Services.

She was a former Girl Scout leader, a 4-H leader, a member of the Order of the Eastern Star #73, Rebecca's Lodge #52, Daughters of the American Revolution (Pheobe Cunningham Chapter), VFW Ladies Auxiliary #5959, AFSME member, PTA member, Civic Club, Calhoun Band Boosters, Calhoun Hospital Auxiliary, 4-H Leader's Association, and the West Virginia Public Employees Association.

She was valedictorian of CCHS Class of 1946, and was married to her husband, Ernest Hartshorn, for 58 years. A Christian, she attended the Mt. Zion UM Church.

Mary Helen was well-known throughout her community as a caring, compassionate lady who helped numerous people when help was needed. She and her husband enjoyed spending time in Myrtle Beach several times a year. She also enjoyed cook-outs and "get-togethers" for family and friends. She will be best remembered as a loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by three daughters, Sharon Lynch and son-in-law, Ed Lynch of Parkersburg, Kathy Bailey of Clarksburg and Kelley Houchin and son-in-law, Jeff Houchin of Arnoldsburg; seven grandchildren, Jim and wife Paula Lynch, David, Shana and Heather Bailey, Zachary, Matthew and Ashley Houchin; three great grandchildren, Katie, Garret and Nick Lynch; sisters, Edna Mann of Stone Mountain, Georgia and Irene Conley of Elyria, Ohio; brother, Clifford Wolfe of Chattanoga, Tennessee.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ernest and Stella Elloitt Wolfe and son-in-law, John Bailey of Clarksburg.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 22, at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, WV with the Rev. Rick Swearingen officiating. Burial will be in the Mt. Zion Cemetery.

Visitation will be Friday from 5 to 9 p.m.


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