Frances (Nell) Starkey, 87, formerly of Parkersburg, passed away Nov. 1, 2013, at Eldercare Nursing Home in Ripley, where she had been residing.
She was born Feb. 25, 1926, in McKeesport, Pa., a daughter of the late Frank and Mary Kundman.
Frances graduated from Braddock General Hospital Nursing School in Braddock, Pa., in 1947 and received a BA from WVU-P. She retired from Camden Clark Memorial Hospital after 36-and-a-half years and Worthington Manor Nursing Home after 11 years. Frances is a member of St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church in Parkersburg and attended Shiloh United Methodist Church in Waverly, W.Va.
Frances is survived by a son, Chester Starkey of Mineral Wells, W.Va.; two daughters, Mary Mahoney (Michael) of Sissonville, W.Va., and Dene Wiggins (fiance, Michael Ryan) of Salem, W.Va.; six grandchildren, Tina Sargent (Ben) of Waverly, Carey Wiggins (Katie) of Parkersburg, Kirstie Carney (Chuck) of Sissonville, W.Va., Margaret Wuletich of Charleston, W.Va., Shawn Collins (Robin) of Vienna, W.Va., and Randall Wiggins II (Sarah) of Parkersburg; great-grandchildren, Tristan and Tyler Lafferty, Samuel, Caden and Hannah Dunn, Schylar and Karissa Carney, Brandon and Aaron Collins, Destiny Spratt and Cody and DeLayna Wiggins; one sister, Mary Elizabeth Nelson of Pennsylvania; a brother, James Winso (Emilou) of Escondido, Calif.; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Chester M. Starkey; sisters, Sophia Hopke and Hilda Buchleitner; daughter-in-law, DiAnna Starkey; son-in-law, Randall Wiggins; and a great-granddaughter, Shelby Nichole Lafferty.
Services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with the Rev. Deacon David Wuletich and the Rev. Tom McQuain officiating. Burial will be at Evergreen Cemetery North. Visitation will be Tuesday from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Frances to any Humane Society and Camden Clark Foundation.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.leavittfuneralhome.com