B. "Eleanor" (Woodyard) Townsend, 89, of Belleville, W.Va., passed away at Cedar Grove Assisted Living in Parkersburg on Feb. 18, 2014, after a long illness. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.
She was born Jan. 14, 1925, in Parkersburg, W.Va., a daughter of the late Samuel M. and Sarah Ethel (Wigal) Woodyard. She was a 1942 graduate of Parkersburg High School. She worked at Cox's Department Store before marrying her best friend, Charles "Alvie" Townsend, Aug. 2, 1942. She was a member of Hopewell Church of Christ, a 60 year member of the Farm Bureau and she belonged to the Ohio Valley Homemakers Club for many years. She was a professional cake artist of extraordinary talent.
She is survived by her daughter, Sharon Bell and her husband, Robert, of Belleville; two granddaughters, Rebekah Bell of Parkersburg and Rachel Townsend of Washington, W.Va.; a daughter-in-law, Sarah Townsend; a niece, Kathy Harrison of Parkersburg; two nephews, Joe Alt and John Wigal Jr., both of Parkersburg; and three nieces and three nephews by marriage, Mary Lou Foutty (Jim) of Parkersburg, Anna Lou Buck (Roy) and Clara McVey, both of Belleville; Edwin Townsend (Carol) of Alpharetta, Ga., Gene (Betty Jo) and Charlie (Pauline) Townsend, both of Belleville; and a sister-in-law, Glenola Woodyard.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Charles "Alvie" Townsend on Aug. 27, 2003; son, Robert E. Townsend on Feb. 12, 1996; two brothers, James F. Woodyard, 1981, and Kermit Eugene Woodyard, 2013; and one sister, Lois Eloise Schell, 1981.
Funeral services will be held at noon on Friday, Feb. 21, at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, Pike St., south Parkersburg with Randy Baker officiating. Interment will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3-8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 20, at the funeral home.
Donations may be made to Potter Children's Home, 2350 Nashville Rd., Bowling Green, KY 42101 or Cedar Grove Assisted Living, 110 Nicolette Road, Parkersburg, WV 26104.
An online guestbook will be available at www.lamberttatman.com.