Martha's Story

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Martha E. Swisher Henderson, affectionately known as Maggie, passed away Saturday (Sep.10, 2016) at Monongalia General Hospital in Morgantown.
She was born in Farmington on March 4, 1927, to the late Emmitt and Olive Reese Swisher, founders of Swishers Barbecue in Rivesville.
Martha graduated from Fairmont Senior High School and attended West Virginia University. She married her first love, Edgar "Bugs" Henderson on July 19, 1946, and he preceded her in death on July 26, 2004, following their 58th wedding anniversary.
Martha was involved in family businesses for nearly 50 years beginning with working at and managing Swishers Barbecue until 1962. In 1955, she, along with her husband and brother John A. Swisher, started Supreme Amusement Company, where they operated amusement machines for more than 20 years. During that time the three started two other businesses including Universal Rebuilders that rebuilt mining equipment and Universal Closures that manufactured canning jar lids. Both businesses were located in Meredith Springs.
Upon selling the family businesses, Martha went to work for Fairmont Service Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fairmont Federal Credit Union, where she prepared income taxes for credit union members. Upon retirement from there in 1993, she and her daughter formed Triad Business Services, where she continued to provide bookkeeping and tax services for businesses and individuals until her final retirement in 2001.
Martha loved gardening, canning and maintained large vegetable gardens for many years. She enjoyed playing bridge and working crossword, sudoku and jigsaw puzzles, but she especially enjoyed spending time with her family and supporting them in their various activities and endeavors.
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Debbie and Chris Droppleman; her grandson and daughter-in-law, Gunner and Jennifer Droppleman; three great-grandchildren, Garrett Droppleman, Jocelyn Droppleman and Cameron Lawson, all of Fairmont; her sister-in-law, Andrea Conrad of Wheeling; and sister-in-law, Joan Richards of Texarkana, Texas. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews, including Susie Woods, who has been like a daughter to her, and her husband Glenn of Alta Loma, California.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her two brothers and their wives whom she dearly loved, John A. Swisher and wife Lillian of Fairmont and E. Paul Swisher and wife Joyce of Troy, Michigan.
As per her wishes, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Robes for Recovery, c/o any Fairmont Federal Credit Union Office or mailed to Fairmont FCU, PO Box 2139 Fairmont, WV 26555-2139.
Friends will be received from 3-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Carpenter and Ford Funeral Home at 209 Merchant Street in Fairmont. Private interment will occur on Wednesday at the Grandview Memorial Gardens Chapel.
Condolences may be left for the family at www.carpenterandford.com.
Published on September 12, 2016
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