Ninety-year-old Elva Yoak of Grantsville has passed.

One of the county's last "old time" teachers, she was ever present at community affairs, active and on the go.

She was a likely inspiration for those who grow old.

She was a regular at Grantsville's senior center and a cancer survivor walker at Relay for Life, even this year.

Her pictures and her stories are scattered on the Herald over the past years, everything from growing a big turnip to being the only outside person attending a VFW Memorial Day event.

She sat in her chair in front of the Calhoun Bank, watching the flag ceremony in front of the courthouse, likely remembering her brother who was killed in World War II.

She died August 20th, 2004 at Minnie Hamilton Health Care Center.

Born in Calhoun County, she was a daughter of the late Wattie and Dona Norman Yoak.

She was a graduate of Glenville State College where she earned a B.S. degree in Education and was a retired elementary school teacher in Calhoun County with 30 years service.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Grantsville and Calhoun County Senior Citizens. She had been a loving and devoted caretaker of F.F. and Nellie McCoy for many years.

Surviving are a half brother, Arnold Yoak; two half sisters, Betty Smith and Ruby Gene Godfrey; a step sister, Eleanor Welch and a step brother, Kenneth Deulley.

She was preceded in death by her brothers, Alva, Jack and Marvin Yoak; sisters, Sarah Yoak and Mary Selmon and a half sister, Maxine Sults.

Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Tuesday, August 24 at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville. Rev. Carroll McCauley will officiate. Interment will be in the Bethlehem Cemetery, Grantsville.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday.