(07/10/2002)
Martha Sophia Olson Dodd, 92, died Monday July 8, 2002, at Elizabeth House Hospice in Flat Rock, NC, after a courageous battle with cancer.

She was born in Anaconda, Montana, and was a resident of Spencer, WV, for 61 years. She was the wife of the late Chester Dodd, a noted Spencer businessman.

After graduating from Deaconess Hospital in Great Falls, Montana, as a registered nurse, she served seven years as a private and public health nurse in Montana. In 1937 she moved to Spencer, WV to serve as head nurse at Depue Hospital. Later in life she served nine years as an industrial nurse at Kellwood Manufacturing.

She was a member of the St. John' s United Methodist Church and longtime member of United Methodist Women. She organized and was the first chairman of the Women's Auxiliary of Roane General Hospital and earlier served as a Grey Lady at the Spencer State Hospital. She was mother adviser of the Rainbow Girls, from which she received the Grand Cross of Colors, and was a life member of the Order of the Eastern Star.

She is survived by her four children, Chester Dodd Jr. and Barbara Starcher, both of Spencer, Marjorie Barnes of Traveler's Rest, SC, and Steven Dodd of Flat Rock, NC; 13 grandchildren; and 29 great-grandchildren.

Services will be 11 a.m. Friday, July 12, 2002, at St. John's United Methodist Church in Spencer. Burial will be in the Eventide Cemetery in Spencer. Visiting hours will be from 7-9 p.m. Thursday at Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home, Spencer.

Memorials may be made to St. John's United Methodist Church, 335 Church St., Spencer, WV 25276.


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