Carolyn Virginia Hathaway, 80, of Vienna, formerly of Grantsville, West Virginia, passed away Tuesday morning, December 9, 2014 at Heartland of Marietta in Devola, Ohio following a long illness.|
She was born July 30, 1934 in Grantsville to the late Zelda "Tag" Hathaway Siers. Surviving is her sister Debbie Siers of Vienna and several cousins.
Carolyn was a native of Calhoun County graduating from Calhoun High School in 1952 where she was active in the marching band playing trumpet, pep club, FHA, Tri-Hi-Y, Science club, class secretary, dramatics club and dance orchestra. She was most active in 4-H. During her two years at Mountain State Business College in Parkersburg she majored in business administration. Her activities in college, before graduation in 1954, were Dean's Assistant, bowling, Library Assistant, Mt. Echo Co-Editor, Mounstacoan Staff and tennis.
While in college she worked at the Ideal Box Company in Parkersburg. She also bowled on a team sponsored by Jimmy Colombo's Italian Restaurant for two years. A few years later while bowling on a team from Grantsville at the Spencer Bowling Lanes, she was privileged to witness Gladys Ball of Grantsville bowl a perfect 300 game, becoming the first woman in West Virginia to achieve this goal.
Carolyn was a member of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, Past President of the Women's Society and past teacher of a Young Adult Sunday school class.
During her working years she held several different jobs in Grantsville and Parkersburg. Some of those were: Burch Chevrolet, Rubber Fabricators and Rubber Crafters in Grantsville. In Parkersburg she worked for Sears Roebuck and Wood County Senior Citizens Center.
Carolyn joined Grantsville Rebekah Lodge No. 52 on June 12, 1959 serving in all of the local offices, including Secretary for over twenty-five years. She was appointed District Deputy President of District No. 7 in 1965 by Mary Hart, in 1966 by Glendora Headley, and in 1967 by Fannie Campbell. She was the Advisor for Rose Theta Rho Girls Club No. 4 which began in 1968. She received the highest award given to a Rebekah, the Decoration of Chivalry, in 1967 and then joined Auxiliary Parkersburg No. 6.
She served as Association President of West Virginia in 1973-1974. She was a member of the Harold Scott Drill team which performed in Calgary, Alberta, Canada in 1968 and the Alberta Hudkins Drill team which performed in Pittsburgh, PA in 1982. She was elected President of the Rebekah Assembly of West Virginia in 1981. At the time of her death she was a 55 year member of the Order.
Carolyn was a most loving and caring person. She always found good in everyone she met and would go out of her way to help someone in need. She and her sister Debbie donate each month to the DAV Wood County Chapter No. 32 Food Pantry located in Davisville, WV.
She loved WVU football and all sports in general as well as reading, working jigsaw puzzles and playing solitaire on the computer.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Monday, December 15, 2014 at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville. Rev. David Weaver will officiate. Interment will be in Bethlehem Cemetery. Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. Sunday, where a Rebekah Assembly Past President Memorial Service will be held at 7:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, Carolyn requested donations be made to a local food pantry in her name.