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Loraine T. Richardson, 88, of Fairmont, passed away on Monday (Aug. 21, 2017) at her home.
She was born in Rivesville, on April 11, 1929, a daughter of the late Orvil H. and Thelma R. (Prickett) Bowles.
Mrs. Richardson was a longstanding member of the Merrifield Memorial Allegheny Wesleyan Methodist Church. Her church activities included teacher of Sunday school classes, youth director, WCTU membership, Women's Mission and volunteer work at church camp, and she held many offices in the church.
Loraine loved children and young people. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and homemaker. She retired from the Marion County Board of Education after several years of service.
She is survived by her sons, Hershell L. Woods and his wife Delores of Wilmington, North Carolina, and Perry F. Woods and his wife Frances of Angier, North Carolina; her grandchildren and their spouses, Heather and Steve Snyder, Hershell Perry Woods II, Danielle and Warren Lanagan and Justin Crouse; and two great-grandchildren, Stephen and Kaillyn Snider.
Also surviving is her sister, Barbara Prunty and her husband Paul of Fairmont; her brother, Jack Bowles and his wife Peggy of Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, Loraine was preceded in death by her husbands, Hershell Perry Woods and Jerry Richardson; her daughter, Evelyn Kay Crouse; brothers, Edward Bowles and James Edward Bowles; and her sisters, Priscilla Hawkins and Pearl Beckman.
Friends and family may call from 5-8 p.m. Thursday and 10-11 a.m. Friday at the Carpenter and Ford Funeral Home, 209 Merchant St., Fairmont. The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home with Reverend Ronald R. Yoder officiating. Interment services will follow at Rest Heaven Memorial Gardens.
Memorial contributions may be made to her church, Merrifield Memorial Allegheny Wesleyan Methodist Church, 1265 Bell Run Road, Fairmont, WV 26554.
Online condolences and memories may be shared with Loraine's family at www.carpenterandford.com.
Published on August 23, 2017
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