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Arda Bell (Phillips) McKinney, 97, of Keyser, passed away on Wednesday (July 12, 2017) at the Potomac Valley Hospital in Keyser.
Born on June 9, 1920, at Fairmont, she was a daughter of the late Fred and Viola (Prickett) Phillips.
She also was preceded in death by her husband, John L. McKinney, on July 18, 1995, and a daughter, Carol Sue (McKinney) Wertman Staggs, on Sept. 24, 2014. Arda Bell was the last surviving member of her immediate family.
Arda Bell was first and foremost a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. In her early years, she worked at Owens Illinois Glass Plant, and when her children came along she trained and became a hair dresser so that she could be there to see them off to school and be home when they were.
When the next generation of grandchildren came along, she was there to meet them at the school bus too.
A talented seamstress, she made many beautiful wedding gowns as well as clothes for her children and grandchildren. She was a member of the Waxler Extension Homemakers, participated in ceramics classes with local artists, enjoyed country music and was known for cooking, baking and canning.
In recent years, she loved her plants, especially growing her own tomato plants for the garden. She took great delight in the birds that came to feed in her front yard and was always watching for the vehicles of friends and family to go past her house.
Surviving are her son, John E. McKinney and wife Linda of Frederick, Maryland; granddaughters, Ronda Wertman, Lori Roach and husband Keith and Linnea Martin and husband Greg all of Keyser and Barbara Tinsman and husband Brian of Conway, South Carolina; the loves of her life, her great-grandsons, Justin Wertman, Skylar Smith, Ian Burns and Ethan Martin of Keyser and Leeland Tinsman of Conway, South Carolina. Also surviving is her sister-in-law, Gertrude Shaffer of Grafton, and numerous nieces and nephews.
She is also survived by "Mamaw's Girls," who have been her companions and caregivers for the last two years and who loved her like a mother and grandmother.
Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Saturday at the Smith Funeral Home, Keyser Chapel.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Smith Funeral Home, Keyser Chapel with Pastor Randy Shoemaker officiating. Friends may also call at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.
Interment will be in the Potomac Memorial Gardens, Keyser.
Serving as pallbearers will be Jon Burns, James Kirk, Steve Brafford, Mark Lower, Larry Shrout and Scott Tasker.
Condolences and personal reflections to the family may be left after Arda Bell's obituary at smithfuneralhomes.net.
Published on July 14, 2017
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