Obituaries for the week of 4/13/2006

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Virginia Hall

Virginia Faye (Hartman) Hall, 85, of Vevay, formerly of Pleasant and Moorefield, passed away Tuesday, April 11th, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.
She was born August 26th, 1920, in Switzerland County, daughter of Fay and Lizzie L. (Gray) Hartman, who both preceded her in death. She was raised near Moorefield and was a 1937 graduate of Vevay High School.
She was united in marriage to Isaac Howard Hall on April 2nd, 1938, at the Caledonia Parsonage in Moorefield. Unto this union two sons arrived to bless their home. He passed away September 26th, 1989.
She was a homemaker, mother and farm wife all of her life. She resided on the farm with her husband near Clapboard Corner near Pleasant for many years, helping him farm and raising their family. She was a faithful member of the Caledonia Presbyterian Church near Moorefield. She was a member of the Belles of St. Mary’s Extension Homemakers Club and the Presbyterian Women’s Missionary Society, the Switzerland County Saddle Club and the Square Dance Club. She resided in Moorefield after the death of her husband, later moving to Vevay when her health declined.
Survivors include her son, Leon “Fuzz” Hall of Vevay; her grandsons, Terry Hall and wife Karen, Bruce Hall and Jason Hall, all of Switzerland County; her great-grandchildren, Keli, Caleb, Kaitlynn Marie and Mark Isaac Hall; her brother, Julian “Nub” Hartman and wife Louise of Moorefield; her sister, Jean Humphreys of Moorefield; her sister-in-law, Alice D. Hartman of Madison; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and other relatives.
She was also preceded in death by her son, Dennis Franklin “Denny” Hall July 3rd, 1992; her grandson, Mark V. Hall on June 18th, 1989; her daughter-in-law, Georgia Day on July 22nd, 2001; her sisters, Helen “Tony” Grimes on March 1st, 1999, Bernice M. Dibble on January 4th, 2004; her brothers, Wayland W. Hartman on August 27th, 1981, Rowin Hartman, Frank O. Hartman, killed in France during World War II in 1944, William Miles Hartman on October 5th, 1928, J.B. Hartman, and Elbert “Sig” Hartman on December 21st, 1997; and her niece, Ann Bilbrey on May 4th, 2005.
Funeral services will be conducted by Reverends Kris Varble-Moore and Charles “Chip” Andrus at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 15th, at Caledonia Presbyterian Church near Moorefield. Burial will be in Caledonia Cemetery near Moorefield. Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. Friday, April 14th, at the Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay and from 10 a.m. until service time at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to the Moorefield Community Fire Department or Caledonia Presbyterian Church. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.haskellandmorrison.com.

Sam Reese

Samuel Lindsay “Sam” Reese, 91, of Patriot, passed away Friday, April 7th, at his home.
He was born November 14th, 1914, in Henry County, Kentucky, the son of Samuel Lindsay and Nannie (Clements) Reese, who both preceded him in death. The family moved to Switzerland County when Sam Reese was four years old.
He was united in marriage to Lena E. Seymour on February 13th, 1938, in Patriot. Two daughters arrived to bless their home.
He was an auto mechanic and operated the Reese Brothers’ Garage, with his brother, Charlie, from 1938-1981. The garage started in Quercus Grove and they later moved it to Patriot. He was a school bus driver for the Switzerland County School Corporation for 34 years, retiring in 1977. He was a caretaker at the East View Cemetery in Patriot from 1981-2004, where he took pride in his work and it always showed.
He loved to pitch horseshoes and won many contests and awards. He was an avid gardener and enjoyed going to the boats to socialize with people. He loved spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Survivors include his daughters, Dollie Green and husband Ivan of Patriot and Mary Lynn Reese of Patriot; his grandchildren, Deanna, Andrew, Reesea and Charla; his great-grandchildren, Levi, Drew, Alli, Bailey and Sam; and several nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by his wife, Lena E. (Seymour) Reese; his brothers, Maurice, Charles, Leslie, J.C. and William Reese; and his sisters, Maude Hoskins, Pauline Hayden, Isabelle Smith and Lucy Bunger.
Funeral services were conducted Monday, April 10th, by Reverend Frank Forthman at Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial was in New Liberty Cemetery near East Enterprise. Memorial contributions may be made to the Switzerland County Emergency Unit or the New Liberty Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.haskellandmorrison.com.

Dorothy Hambrick

A. Dorothy (Knox) Hambrick, 91, of Jack Allen Road, near Vevay, passed away Saturday, April 8th, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.
She was born March 18th, 1915, in Carroll County, Kentucky, the daughter of Melvin and Ollie B. (Sutherland) Knox, who both preceded her in death. She resided in Switzerland County most of her life.
She was united in marriage to William S. Hambrick on August 26th, 1932, at the Christian Church in Carrollton, Kentucky. He preceded her in death on November 15th, 1981.
She was a former employee of the U.S. Shoe Corporation in Vevay and was a cook at Ma Burnett’s Restaurant in Vevay. She was a member of Spring Branch Baptist Church. She was a farmer at heart and worked alongside her husband on the farm. After her husband’s death she and the girls kept right on tending to the farm. She was a wonderful cook and baker. Her specialties were angel food cake, light bread biscuits, homemade ice cream and fried chicken. She was an avid gardener and enjoyed raising her chickens and working jigsaw puzzles with her daughter Janet.
Survivors include her daughters, Phyllis Hambrick, Carolyn Hambrick and Janet Hambrick, all of Vevay; her brother, Albert Knox and Charles Knox, both of Vevay; her sisters, Mary Alice Scudder of Vevay and Clara Shreves of California; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was also preceded in death by her brother, Willie D. Knox.
Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, April 12th, by Reverend Howard Wade at Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial was in Vevay Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Moorefield Community Fire Department o the Switzerland County Emergency Unit. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.haskellandmorrison.com.

Kenneth Ralston

Kenneth Ralston, 82, of Madison, passed away Tuesday, April 4th, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.
He was born October 19th, 1923, in Jefferson County, the son of Graham and Stella Ruth Baldridge Ralston, who both preceded him in death. He was raised in Jefferson County, residing there all of his life. He was a 1941 graduate of Central High School.
He was inducted into the U.S. Marines on May 8th, 1943, in Louisville, Kentucky, and served during World War II. He participated in action against the enemy at Guam, Marianas Islands, Iwo Jima and the Volcano Islands. He rose to the rank of corporal and was honorably discharged December 21st, 1945, at Great Lakes, Illinois. He was awarded the Purple Heart Medal, the Good Conduct Medal and the World War II Victory Medal.
He was employed by the OK Trucking Company in Madison for 39 years, retiring as the terminal manager. He was a faithful member of Prince of Peace Catholic Church. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus serving in the 4th Degree. He was also a member of the Madison Moose Lodge No. 765.
Survivors include his wife, Bette J. Robbins Ralston of Madison; his sons, James A. Ralston and wife Rosa of West Chester, Ohio and Jerry W. Ralston and wife Carol of Madison; his granddaughters, Zoe, Tiffany and Olivia; his sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Marjorie Ralston, William and Frances Ralston, John and Phyllis Ralston, all of Madison, Joseph and Pam Ralston of Noblesville; his aunt, Theo Ralston of Madison; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
He was also preceded in death by his sisters, Patricia Jean Lock and Jeanette Humphrey; and his brother, Paul Ralston.
Funeral services were conducted Saturday, April 8th, by Reverend John A. Meyer at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Madison. Burial was in St. Patrick’s Cemetery there with a flag presentation at the graveside by Jefferson Post 9 of the American Legion. The Rosary was recited Friday by Reverend Meyer at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Memorial contributions may be made to Friends of Shawe and Pope John. Online condolences may b e sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.morganwebsternay.com.

Madeline M. Taylor

Madeline M. (Marshall) Taylor, 76, of Madison, passed away Thursday, April 6th, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.
She was born December 1st, 1929, in Muncie, the daughter of Dr. Lloyd C. and Bernice (Hoy) Marshall, who both preceded her in death. She was raised in Mt. Summitt, Indiana, and was a 1947 graduate of Mt. Summitt High School. She was a 1949 graduate of Bethel Women’s College in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, with a secretarial degree.
She was united in marriage on October 15th, 1955, in St. Anne’s Catholic Church in New Castle, Indiana, to Graham C. Taylor, Jr. Unto this union one daughter, Carol, arrived to bless their home. They had just celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary this past October.
She worked for three years at the Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction in Indianapolis for Wilbur Young. After residing in Madison since 1955, she began a career with E.O. Muncie Elementary School, where she served as the office manager for 32 years. She also had served as the secretary for Madison Regatta, Inc., from 1979-1997.
She was a member of the Phi Beta Psi Sorority, serving as a past president. She was a member of the Prince of Peace Catholic Church. She loved traveling, playing bridge, her sorority work, watching old movies, and watching Cincinnati Reds baseball and attending Opening Day. She was a devoted wife, mother and friend. She will be greatly missed.
Survivors include her husband, Graham C. Taylor, Jr., of Madison; her daughter, Carol Taylor of Madison; her sister, Margaret Auld of Charleston, South Carolina; her brother-in-law, Robert Burch of New Castle, Indiana; her sister-in-law, Cynthia Marshall of New Castle; her nephews and nieces, Michael and Jackie Burch, Robert “Bob” and Linda Burch, John L. and Debi Marshall, Hampton “Skip” and Maureen Auld, Tom and Liza Auld, Lillie and John Anderson, and Susan and Doug Polk; several great-nephews, nieces and other relatives.
She was also preceded in death by her sister, Mary Marshall; her brother, Miles H. Marshall; her brother-in-law, Hampton Auld; and her sister-in-law, Henrietta Elizabeth Taylor.
Funeral services were conducted Monday, April 10th, by Reverend John A. Meyer at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Burial was in Springdale Cemetery in Madison. A Prayer Service was held Sunday, April 9th, at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Prince of Peace Catholic Church of The Madison Riverfront Development Committee. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.morganwebsternay.com.