Mae Elizabeth Weaver Jennings

Mae Elizabeth Weaver Jennings, 96, died Aug. 21, 2014, after a short illness. She was a resident of Minnie Hamilton Long-Term Care Facility in Grantsville.

She was born May 28, 1918, the oldest of six children, of John G. and Delphia Lockard Weaver of Gilmer County.

Preceding her in death in addition to her parents, were Fred Wesley Jennings, her husband from Wirt County; three sisters, Mary Yoak (Glen) of Five Forks, Ava Naylor (Edward) of Ohio, formerly from Parkersburg, and Ova Bragg (William) of Big Springs, and formerly of Charleston; two brothers, Johnny Weaver of Big Springs and Bernard Weaver of Glenville, formerly of Big Springs; one grandson, Daniel B. Hickman of Big Springs; and son-in-law, Bronson Hickman of Big Springs. Surviving are two daughters, Ann Francis (Harold) of Grantsville, and Alice Hickman of Big Springs; and five grandchildren, Lisa Walker (Jason) of Big Springs, Timothy Richards of Albright, W.Va., Lou Anna Richards of Ruchersville, Va., Jo Anna Thopkins of Charlottesville, Va., and Larry Joe Richards (Mindy) of Lowell, Ohio. She is also survived by 15 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and many nieces and nephews.

Mae grew up on Trace Fork, Gilmer County. She was a Christian wife and mother, a lifetime member of Chapel Baptist Church at Nobe where she resided her entire lifetime with her husband as they raised their family. She was known for loving the word of God and being a witness to her faith. If you ever met Mae, the first question she often asked was, “Are you a Christian?”. Her Bible was a favorite companion. She graduated from Tanner High School in 1938. She continued her education receiving a two-year teaching degree in 1941, and her first schools were Lower and Middle Run in Gilmer County. She graduated from Glenville State College in 1951. Mae was an old-time school teacher, sometimes rode a horse to school, walked many miles and/or often boarded away from home through the week. She taught over 30 years at schools including Nobe, Beech Valley, Coal Fork, White Pine, Broomstick, Bell and Grantsville Grade School in Calhoun County. Also, Lower Run, Middle Run, Latonia, Upper Trace and Upper Laurel in Gilmer County. Mae was a true woman of courage with a pioneer spirit, loved God and her fellow man.

Funeral services will be held 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 24, at the Stump Funeral Home in Grantsville. Burial will follow in the Mt. Liberty Cemetery at Tanner. Friends may call from 1:30-3 p.m. prior to the service, Sunday, Aug. 24, at the funeral home.

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