Friday, March 14, 2008


Wilma Plotts – Obituary

Wednesday Nov. 26, 1986

Wilma Plotts
Miss Wilma Plotts, 84, of 14th St. N. W. Canton, Ohio, a longtime teacher in Chester Schools died this morning at 5:15 at the McKinley Life Care Centre in Canton, where she had been a patient two days.

She was born Nov. 16, 1902, a daughter of the late William Plotts and Ada Bevans Plotts.

Miss Plotts retired after teaching 45 years at the Chester Primary School. She had been employed many years at the D. M. Ogilvie Co. and served as a volunteer at City Hospital. She was graduated from Fairmont State Teachers College, and was a member of the Westminster Presbyterian Church and Crescent Chapter 49, Order of Eastern star.

She is survived by a sister, Mrs. J. Albert (Nancy) Rinehart of N. Canton; and two nephews.

There are to be no calling hours.

The Arner Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements which are incomplete.

Wilma Plotts
Family services are planned Saturday at 2 p.m. at Arner Funeral Home for Miss Wilma Plotts, 84, of 14th St. N.W. Canton, who died Friday morning at McKinley Life Care Center in Canton where she had been a patient two days.

The Rev. Mark Wilds of the New Manchester Presbyterian Church is to officiate.

Friends may call one hour prior to services.

Burial is to be in Grandview Cemetery in Florence, Pa.

The family requests memorial contributions take the form of donations to the National Arthritis Foundation.

Contributed by BOB


Dorathy Z. Murray – Obituary

East Liverpool Review
Jan. 9, 2007

Dorathy Z. Murray

CHESTER – Dorathy Z. Murray, died Sunday, Jan. 7, 2007 at the Robert E. Boyce Pavilion of East Liverpool City Hospital.

Born in Columbus, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Otto and Jane Fawcett Zimpfer.

Murray retired from Hancock County Schools after 37 years of service, having taught art and home economics in Chester, Newell and New Cumberland Schools. She graduated from East High School in Columbus and Ohio State University.

She was a member of the East Liverpool First United Methodist Church where she was active in the Ester Bible Club, Rebecca Joy Circle and United Methodist Women’s group. Murray also was a member of the Chester Woman’s Civic Club, the East Liverpool B.P.W.A., Chester Arts Club and the Hancock County Retired Teachers Association.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death, in 1976, by her husband John G. Murray and an infant daughter, Pamela Murray.

Surviving are a son, John D. Murray and his wife Marlene Fleming, of Chester; a sister Ruth Pflueger of Dunedin, Fla.; and granddaughter Meredith Blackburn of Philadelphia, Pa.

Pastors Jon Truax, of the church, and Dave Maly will officiate services at 120:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2007 at the Arner Funeral Chapel followed by burial in Riverview Cemetry.

Friends may visit on Tuesday from 1 to 3 and 5 to 8 p.m.

Contributed by Diana Barnhart


Alberta Marie Abrams – Obituary

East Liverpool Review
November 7, 2007

Alberta Marie Abrams, 98
CHESTER – Alberta Marie Abrams, 98, of Louisiana Avenue, died Monday, Nov. 5, 2005, at the Stone Pear Pavilion of the Orchards at Foxcrest.

Born in Georgetown, Pa., Aug. 10, 1909, a daughter of the late Robert Bertman and Pearl Elizabeth Abrams, she was a lifetime area resident.

A retired educator, she taught school in the Chester area more than 50 years.

She was a member of the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Chester, and the Chester Women’s Club, Sorocis Club, Chester Junior Women’s Club and the Civic Club.

After graduating in the Chester High School Class of 1926, she earned degrees in higher education at Wooster College, Kent State University, Duke University and West Virginia University.

She was a gourmet cook and an experienced world traveler.

Surviving is a sister, Shirley Abrams Smith and her husband Dennis of Cincinnati, Ohio.

Also surviving are 10 nieces ad nephews: Chris Snyder and her husband Larry of Chester; John “Jay” Abrams of Oklahoma City, Okla.; Paul Abrams and his wife Anna of Mission Viejo, Calif.; Kathleen Abrams of Seattle, Wash.; Patricia Kemme and her husband Michael of Champagne, Ill., Michael Smith and his wife Vickey of Hamilton, Ohio; Daniel Smith and his wife Marie of Downingtown, Pa.; Robert Smith and his wife Jane of Harrison, Ohio; Thomas Smith and his wife Barbara of Cincinnati, Ohio; and Matthew Smith of Cincinnati, Ohio.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Eunice M. Abrams, who died June 26, 1993, and Leona P. Abrams, who died Feb. 27, 2001; three brothers, Thomas L. Abrams, who died March 18, 1953; John C. Abrams, who died Jan 27, 2004, and Robert B. Abrams, who died Jan. 11, 2005.

Also preceding her wore four nephews.

Services are planned for 11 a.m. Friday at Westminster Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Katrina Lewis officiating. Friends may call Thursday at the Dawson Funeral Home where the family will be present form 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m.

Burial will be in Mill Creek Hill Cemetery in Hookstown, Pa.

Family and friends will gather at the church following the services.

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BETTY BUBEN - Obituary

Betty Buben – Obituary

East Liverpool Review
July 26, 2006

Betty Buben
NEWELL – Betty Buben, a daughter of Joseph L. and Elva Fay Buben, has one brother, Joseph Richard Buben at home; one sister, Martha Dingess of Chester; a nephew, Herman G. Dingess Jr. of California; a niece, Jennie Fae Dingess of East Liverpool; several cousins, Alta Wetzel of East Liverpool, Al Foutts of Columbiana, Paul Buben, Joseph Buben, Helen Buben Scott, all of Oklahoma and Vernon Buben of Alaska.

A brother, Robert A. Buben, preceded her in death September 2002.

She lived her whole life in the Newell area, graduating from Wells High School in the 40s. She graduated from West Liberty with a B. S. and from West Virginia University in Morgantown with her masters and a doctorate.

Betty taught school in West Virginia all of her life and helped many young kids. She taught elementary, junior high, and some high school. She also taught at the Grandview Elementary School moving to Chester Junior High and High School and then to Jefferson Elementary in Newell where she became principal.

Betty was a cheerleading advisor at Chester Junior High and also was involved in the science fairs in West Virginia entering many of her students and helping overall.

In the summer, Betty worked for Hancock County Tax Office as a field deputy, when she had extra time.

She was well respected and had accomplished many things in the education field. She belonged to the Regional High School Principal’s Association and the National Elementary Principal’s Association. She had worked on education committees and panels in Charleston, W. Va. For the former West Virginia state senator and current Supreme Court Justice Joseph P. Albright of Wood County, Parkersburg, W. Va.

Betty was called upon for an interview at the National Education Association in Las Vegas, Nev. That was televised nationally, she was representing the whole eastern party of the United States.

She was associated with many clubs and organizations including, the former Child counseling in East Liverpool, the Red Cross in East Liverpool, the Women’s Club in Newell and Chester, the Business and Professional Women’s Club and other such activities. Betty was asked to judge many parades and activities involving children and farm animals.

After she retired, she became quite active in the West Virginia Teachers and Personnel Association. She was a local member and a state representative.

Betty had attended the Church of Christ in Newell where she was the treasurer for 20 years. She currently was a member of the Methodist Church in Chester.

Betty’s funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Methodist Church in Chester, followed by a luncheon served in the church’s social room and a memorial at the chapel in Locust Hill Cemetery at 1 p.m.

Betty has a memorial for scholars at Oak Glen. You can send any money to Dollars for Scholars in care of Betty Buben, P. O. Box 458, East Liverpool, Ohio 43920

The Arner Funeral Chapel in Chester is in charge of services.


Weirton Daily Times
August 5, 1955
Page 2

Charles H. Dornan
New Cumberland - Charles H. Dornan, 70, of Ridge road, New Cumberland, died at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday at his home. Born on May 31, 1885 in Hancock County, he was the son of the late Basil and Alzira Gibson Dornan.

Mr. Dornan was a retired miner and was last employed by the Crescent Brick Company in New Cumberland. He was a member of the Pughtown Christian church.

Survivors include his wife Oliva Glass Dornan; two sons, Eugene Dornan of Chester and Robert Wayne Dornan of New Cumberland; one sister, Mrs. Blanche Timberman of Weirton; and two grandchildren.

Friends may call at the Stewart and Turley funeral home in New Cumberland where funeral services will be held on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Rev. George Stewart will officiate. Burial will be made in the Union Cemetery at Pughtown.