Frances DeMotto

Frances Ann DeMotto, 74, a resident of Elkins, departed this life Saturday afternoon, Nov. 23, 2013, in Valentine Personal Care Home at Beverly.

She was born Saturday, Dec. 31, 1938, at Coalton, a daughter of the late Gustava Thomas “Sunday” and Martha Ann Bell DeMotto.

She had never married.

Surviving are one brother, Lorren “Hugh” DeMotto and wife, Maggie, of Red Creek; one sister, Helen “Midge” Silvester of Elkins; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one brother-in-law, Vincent “Fred” Silvester.

She was a graduate of Buckhannon High School and Davis Memorial Hospital School of Nursing. She also received her Bachelor of Science in nursing from West Virginia Wesleyan College at Buckhannon and her Master of Science in nursing from West Virginia University at Morgantown with the advanced degree of nurse practitioner from WVU’s first Nurse Practitioner Program in 1977.

Frances was a licensed registered nurse for almost 40 years. She began her practice in 1961 at John Hopkins Hospital at Baltimore, Md., then at the National Institute of Health and then the Cancer Institute at Bethesda, Md. through the 1960s. She had worked as the director of nursing at Davis Memorial Hospital during the 1980s. She spent the remainder of her career with the Veterans Administration, of which she was in the investigative department, retiring on Jan. 1, 2008.

She was inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society in Nursing and held membership in the Alpha Rho Chapter 39.

She was an avid reader and was a member of the Northern Library Network to which she often donated books.

Following her retirement, she began writing song lyrics, poetry and prose. She was a member of West Virginia Writers Inc. and in 2008, won an award for her poetry at the West Virginia Writers Annual Conference. Her poem “Thirteen Souls, One More Load” was one of several published in the Library of Congress and was later recorded as a song. She became a member of ASCAP in 2007 and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. Her poems, “Walkin Man” and “Thirteen Souls, One More Load” were self-published and sold at the local bookstore.

In the hope that she might help others, Frances made an anatomical gift to the Human Gift Registry at West Virginia University for the advancement of scientific research and medical education.

Lohr & Barb Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Frances Ann DeMotto. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.lohrbarbfuneralhome.comcom.