Eulanee Stump Hathaway, 95 - Grantsville

Eulanee Stump Hathaway, 95, a Christian Saint of the Lord, left her earthly tabernacle Wednesday, June 15, 2011.

A lifelong resident of Grantsville, Calhoun County, West Virginia, she was born February 12, 1916 on Zeke's Run. Eulanee was the sole surviving child of the late Warder E. Sr. and Ethel Poling Stump. She and her loving husband, Orvan Todd Hathaway were married April 6, 1932 and became the parents of seven children. "Todd" and Eulanee spent their lives working together for their family on their farm raising cattle and huge gardens while also working away from home.

Eulanee's public employment included working at Rubber Fabricators, Dollar General, Godfrey's Grocery, Bob Morgan's Grocery, Gherke's Dept. Store, and Drug Mart Pharmacy. She was an accomplished seamstress and made certain each of her children received gifts of her homemade quilts.

The dinner table was always sufficient for her children and she was the last to eat to be assured everyone else had plenty. Always a prayer warrior, her prayers for her children strengthened them through life's valleys.

She attended area churches during different times of her life, as a youngster at Rush Run Baptist where she was baptized in Steer Creek. Later she taught Sunday school at Mt. Zion Methodist; then became a member of First Baptist Church of Grantsville on January 30, 1957 where her services included, Fell Kennedy SS teacher, Vacation Bible School teacher, president of the local ABW group, she also enjoyed trips to the WV Baptist Convention at Parchment Valley with her sister, Edith.

Eulanee also attended her neighborhood church, Victory Baptist and was always at home where the Word of the Lord was preached. She was at her best when her health allowed her attendance at her home church and her testimony was always "It's been good to be in the House of the Lord" as Proverbs 3:5-6 admonishes: Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not to thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He will direct thy paths." When asked how she dealt with the heartaches of her lifetime, she credited her strength from God. Those who loved her are blessed by God for the privilege of knowing her and hearing her witness of God's unchanging love. Her life exemplified, "Saved to serve."

She was preceded in death by her husband, Orvan; her sons, Richard, Robert and Carlton; her grandson, Gregory Allen Propst, and her great grandson, Hunter Andrew Nicely. In addition, her brothers, Dallas, Edwin, Baxter and Warder Stump Jr.; and sisters, Leona Stump Kellar and Edith Stump Smith.

Remaining to cherish her memory are her sons and their wives: widow of Carlton, Bonita Chenoweth Hathaway of Leoma TN; James David and Lorene Gherke Hathaway of Elkview WV; Raymond Wesley and Ethel Powell Hathaway of Elizabeth WV; Ernest Ray Sr. and Carol Richardson Hathaway of Vienna WV; and her daughter and husband Roger and Loretta Hathaway Propst of Grantsville. She also leaves 12 grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren and 5 great-great grandchildren who loved their "grandma" or "granny-great" dearly.

She was blessed with many caring nieces and nephews, brothers and sisters in Christ, and friends and neighbors who showed their love in many ways when her declining health prohibited her participation in church and community activities. Her children are grateful for the many kindnesses shown to our mother - a card, a call, flowers, a special dessert or a meal. We especially are thankful to the staff at Long Term Care and Minnie Hamilton Health System for the loving-kindness given our mother.

A memorial celebration of Eulanee's life will be held at the First Baptist Church of Grantsville on Sunday, June 19 at 2:30 p.m. Her family will receive visitors one hour prior to the service, led by a nephew, Reverend Gregory Swisher assisted by another nephew Mr. Charles Stump, Deacon First Baptist, and Reverend David Weaver a special neighbor for several years. Interment will follow at the Mt. Zion Cemetery.

Stump Funeral Home of Grantsville is in charge of arrangements.