Pearl Leigh Weese Smith, age 98, of Marlinton, passed away peacefully Friday, January 12, 2018, at her home.
Born September 3, 1919, in Beverly, she was a daughter of the late Willis Lee and Violet Lucretia Feather Weese.
Pearl was a graduate of Beverly High School and attended Potomac State College and Davis & Elkins College.
After working for many years at Shrader’s 5 & 10 cent store, Pearl worked and retired from the dietary department at Pocahontas Memorial Hospital.
Pearl was a member of the Marlinton United Methodist Church. In her younger, healthier years, she was active in the community, having been a member of the Marlinton Fire Department Auxiliary, AARP, Edray CEOS, Pocahontas Center Auxiliary, Marlinton Satellite Seniors, Ruth Rebekah Lodge No. 65 and a 50 year member of the Order of the Eastern Star No. 97.
She was always a strong supporter of the United States Veterans, being a life member of the VFW Auxiliary and Charter President of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit #50.
Her favorite pastimes were cooking for her family, crocheting afghans, which she usually gave to friends, bird watching and listening to Uncle Norris and his bluegrass radio program on Allegheny Mountain Radio.
Pearl married Berton E. Smith, Jr., May 23, 1939. He preceded her in death.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two sons, Willard M. Smith and Willis B. “Butch” Smith; and a sister, Edna Virginia Wamsley.
She is survived by a daughter, Betty L. Rajczak, and husband, Ted, of Ronceverte; son, Joseph W. “Joe” Smith, of Marlinton; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; aunt, Helen Shifflett, of Beverly; many nieces, nephews and cousins; and very dear friends and special companions, Bonnie Garretson, Margaret Sheets, Patti Bostic and Shirley Bostic.
Funeral service was held January 16 at VanReenen Funeral Home in Marlinton with Earl Michael officiating. Interment was in Mountain View Cemetery in Marlinton.