- Wallace & Wallace, Inc. Funeral Chapels, Online Obituaries, 1 May 2014
Mary O'Dell Phipps, 103, of Rainelle WV, passed away on April 29, 2014 following a long illness at Greenbrier Valley Medical Center, Fairlea.
She was born on July 8, 1910 in Leivasy, West Virginia.
She was a member of Soule Chapel Methodist Church, Meadow Bluff, WV and a life member of the National Education Association. Distinguished West Virginia Award for outstanding achievements and meritorious services throughout her lifetime presented to Mrs. Phipps on August 16, 2012, on behalf of Earl Ray Tomblin, Governor of WV. She rode horseback from Fleshman Hollow to Rainelle High School where she graduated 1929, Standard Normal Teaching Certificate 1930, Graduated from Marshall College (Now Marshall University) 1948, received her Master's Degree West Virginia University 1962 and ABD (KNOWN AS ALL BUT DISSERTATION) in place of PHD. She taught in Greenbrier County School system for 42.7 years. Started teaching at Russellville, WV. Followed by other schools in Greenbrier County, Chestnut Grove, Marfrance, Meadow Dale, Lowry, Crichton and East Rainelle Elementary principal and retiring in 1975. She was the first woman principal in Greenbrier County. She was a caring person, as she cared for her daughter, mother, father, grand-parents and brothers in their last illnesses before their death.
She is preceded in death by a daughter: Carolyn Virginia Phipps, Mother: Henrietta Harlow Phipps, Father: Joseph S. O'Dell, Grandfather: Benjamin Franklin Harlow- First Editor and owner of The Greenbrier Independent Newspaper Volume 1 June 1888, Grandmother: Henrietta Renick Harlow, 4 Sisters: Annette V. Thayer, Myrtle E. O'Dell, Mattie Renick O'Dell, Ethel P. Hughes, 4 brothers: Thomas E. O'Dell, John W. O'Dell, Samuel W. O'Dell, and Henry O'Dell.
She was survived by a niece: Stella Hageman and her husband Richard Hageman of Salt Lake City, Utah, other nieces, nephews and cousins, also many friends. Many thanks to all employees of Heartland Nursing Home of Rainelle for your care, friends who visited her at Hartland, doctors, nurses at both Greenbrier Valley Medical Center and Raleigh County General Hospital and special thanks to Dr. Connie Anderson.
Services will be held at the Wallace & Wallace Funeral Chapel on Saturday May 3, 2014 at 2:00 PM with Pastor John Wyatt and Pastor Jay Hicks officiating. Burial will follow at the Soule Chapel Church Cemetery, Meadow Bluff. Friends may visit one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Pallbearers will be Warren Hunter, Travis Hunter, Danny Sanford, Andy Hanson, Robert L. Martin and David Butler.
Wallace & Wallace of Rainelle are in charge of arrangements.
Please send online condolences to www.wallaceandwallacefh.com.