The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


November 25, 2012

Obituaries — Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012


Martha June Collier

SOUTH CHARLESTON — Martha June Collier, 78, a resident of South Charleston for over 50 years, died Wednesday, November 21, 2012, at home after a long illness.

She was a graduate of Pax High School where she was valedictorian and a graduate of WV State College. Martha was a 30-year member of the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority and was a member of the Pax Church of God, Pax, WV. She was a retired Kanawha County School teacher with 30 years of service having served 28 years at Tyler Elementary School. Martha enjoyed her grandchildren, traveling and helping others.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ernest and Marie Billups; brother, Keith Phillips.

Surviving, son, Steven N. Collier of South Charleston; daughter, Debra J. Bertus of Parkersburg, WV; sisters, Faye Tyree of Prosperity, WV, Linda Robertson of Stone Mt., GA; 5 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren.

Service will be 1 p.m. Monday at Good Shepherd Mortuary, South Charleston, with Pastor Barbara Dunbar officiating. Entombment will be in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans. Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the mortuary.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to HospiceCare, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. West, Charleston, WV 25312-2536.

Freda Marie Garten

MORGANTOWN — Freda Marie Garten,  91, of Morgantown, formerly of Alderson, WV, passed away Wednesday, November 21, 2012, at Mapleshire Rehab. Center, Morgantown, WV.

She was born September 3, 1921, in Stimback, Fayette County, WV, the daughter of the late Harry M. “Hal” and Lizzie White Goodwin.

Freda was a correctional officer for the Federal Bureau of Prisons for Women, in Alderson, WV, where she retired after 16 years of service.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Elmer “Scootie” Garten, and her four siblings.

She is survived by her daughter Anita D. Garten of Morgantown, WV. Freda will be sadly missed by her daughter and her many nephews and nieces and friends.

Services will be 1 p.m. Sunday, November 25, 2012, at Wallace Memorial Mausoleum Chapel at Clintonville, with her nephew Rev. Buck Goodwin officiating. Entombment will follow in the mausoleum.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Freda’s memory to the American Heart Association, North Central West Virginia Chapter, 1110 Prestwick Ave., Morgantown, WV 26508.

Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Lewisburg is in charge of arrangements.

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