Dorothea Eileen Heldreth, 74, of the Monumental community in Fairmont, peacefully and gracefully went to be with the Lord on Tuesday (May 24, 2016) at her home with her family by her side.
Eileen was born April 24, 1942, in Thomas, to John Wesley and Hazel Hedrick Cousin.
She graduated from Davis High School in 1960 and began working for the United Mine Workers of America (UMW) Health and Retirement Funds (the Funds) in Washington, D.C., shortly thereafter. She retired in 1976 to return to West Virginia and later became the office manager of the Monumental Public Service District, where she served her community for 29 years.
Eileen was a born-again Christian and a member of Fairmont Bible Methodist Church, under Pastor Wesley Grissom. She also enjoyed attending Viola Church in Pricketts Fort, under Pastor Scott Krepps.
Her best moments in life were those spent making memories with her family and friends. She was a supportive wife, a beloved mother and sister, and a trusted friend.
Besides her parents, Eileen was preceded in death by a stepson, S.S.G. Ernest Dwayne Heldreth; maternal grandparents, Thad and Abby Carr Hedrick; five brothers, John "Jack" W. (and wife Rebecca) Cousin, Rudy (and wife Paula) Cousin, Robert L. (and wife Mary) Cousin, Albert (Johnny) F. Cousin and Thomas J. Cousin; five sisters, Vivian Cousin (and husbands Jack and Don) Hill Bennett, Susan Cousin Scoff, Halene C. Cousin (and husband Elmer) Blosser, Virginia Orr (and husband John) Wilson and Patty Cousin (and husband Harry Sr.) Wiley; also a brother-in-law, Rudy Kovach Sr.; and nephew, John Wesley Thompson.
Eileen is survived by her husband, Ernest Dale Heldreth; daughter, Michelle S. Heldreth of the Monumental community; daughter and son-in-law, Sharon M. and Kennedy Amadi of White Hall; stepdaughter and son-in-law, Christina K. and the Rev. Toby Dukich; sisters, Freda C. Kovach of Davis, Jacqueline C. Thompson of Barrackville and Geraldine (and husband Barton) Burger of Fairfield, Ohio; sister-in-law, Marie Cousin of Beverly; dearly loved grandchildren, Jediael Dwayne and Isabella Bernadette Amadi; three grandchildren by her stepdaughter and stepson, Stephanie and Christopher Dukich, and Brittany Heldreth; three great-grandchildren; and her longtime friends, Dolly Cochran and Lucille Fox.
Eileen chose cremation, and in keeping with her wishes, there will be no funeral or memorial service.
The family of Dorothea Eileen Heldreth wishes to extend our sincere thanks to the members of Fairmont Bible Methodist Church, Fairmont Home Health nurses, as well as all those individuals who visited, phoned and kept Eileen in their prayers.
Carpenter and Ford Funeral Home is assisting the family. Condolences may be expressed online at www.carpenterandford.com.
Published on May 26, 2016