Dorothy May Partain, 85 - Looneyville

After a courageous battle with COPD, Dorothy May Partain, 85, of Looneyville, West Virginia, passed away Saturday, March 12, 2011, in CAMC-Memorial Hospital, Charleston, with her family at her bedside.

She was born May 31, 1925, at Canoe, Indiana County PA, a daughter of the late Albert and Elsie G. Brady-Brink. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James R. Partain, and a daughter, Cheryl McGlynn; three brothers and two sisters.

Mrs. Partain was a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She was proud to be a member of the "Greatest Generation." During World War II, she was a "Rosie the Riveter", working on B-29's in Cleveland OH. She was also very proud of her German-Irish ancestry. She was a lover of the arts, including music, prose, poetry and dance. Passing this love on to her children was one of her proudest achievements. A couple of her favorite pastimes included talking with her family and crossword puzzles.

She was a strong advocate of her family and would be there to support them at a moment's notice. While living in Miami FL, she coached synchronized swimming and devoted time to being a Cub Scout den mother and Girl Scout leader. She was a five-year resident of Looneyville, formerly a 20-year resident of Lake Wales FL ,and prior to that a longtime resident of Miami FL. She was raised in Cleveland OH.

Survivors include her children, Cathy Rogers, John Partain and his wife Julie, all of Florida, Darlene Norman and her husband John, of Looneyville, and Denese Gouvin and her husband Greg, of W. Suffield CT, and a stepson, James R. Partain and his wife Sylvia, of Florida; a brother, Russell Brink of Mentor OH; 16 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.

A private Christian burial will be held at the Western Reserve Memorial Gardens, Chesterland OH, at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 16. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorial donations be made to the COPD Foundation, Suite 200-A, 20 F Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001 or

John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer WV is in charge of arrangements.

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