Shirley Nay Bohon, 76, a resident of Fredericksburg, Va., and formerly of Gilman, left on her journey to eternity to the place her Lord has prepared for her Monday, March 3, 2014, in Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg after a long and courageous battle with cancer.
She was born March 9, 1937, in the coal mining community of Harding, a daughter of the late Alfred Detroit Nay Sr. and Ruby Blanche Wilson Nay.
On June 18, 1954, in Parsons, she was wed to James Franklin Bohon. They were married 47 years when cancer claimed the life of her husband on May 27, 2001.
She is survived by her daughter, Debra Lavon Bohon Hoover and husband, William Robert Hoover, of Gilman; two grandchildren, Taryn Leigh Bohon Lane and husband, Rudy Ashton Lane, of Fredericksburg, VA., and James Patrick Bohon of Gilman; two great-grandchildren, Madelyn Bohon Lane and Brenden Trotter Lane, of Fredericksburg, Va.; her brother-in-law, William F. Waina of Grass Valley, Calif.; and many nieces and nephews.
Preceding her in death were four brothers, Alfred Detroit Nay Jr., John Robert Nay, Joseph Edward Nay and infant Nay; and six sisters, Betty Jean Kelly, Anna Clare Coon, twins Aileen Nay and Pauline Young, Jacquelyn Waina and Charlotte Nay, her own twin. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.
Until 2012, she was a resident of Randolph County, where she attended schools at Harding, Norton and Elkins High.
Prior to her retirement in 1997, Mrs. Bohon had been employed by Peoples Security Insurance Co. for 23 years as the office administrator in Elkins. She received many awards through her years of service, and in 1982, took computer training in Washington, D.C., to equip her office with automated accounting. However, the part of her job in which she found the greatest reward was being able to give comfort and assistance to the people of her community in their times of grief and loss.
She was an active member of the Elkins Nazarene Church for 30 years, where she taught Sunday school, sang alto in the choir and performed in duets and trios, and held, at various times, most offices of the church. In 1993, she joined the Elkins Alliance Community Fellowship, which later built their church on the property sold to them by her and her husband. She became a charter member, served on the governing board as secretary and participated in prayer ministry. She enjoyed worshiping with her church family. Upon moving to Virginia in 2012, she attended Horizons Community Church in Fredericksburg.
She loved working crossword and jigsaw puzzles, playing Scrabble, reading, writing, chatting on the computer, gardening and had a special fondness for cooking, earning her the nickname “The Soup Lady” at church. She was an avid fan of the Steelers and Pirates, and enjoyed attending the games whenever possible. In her younger days, she traveled extensively and had a particular fondness for the beach. Especially, she cherished the time spent with her beloved great-grandchildren and was greatly devoted to God and the church.
At her request, there will be no funeral services, and her remains will be cremated and placed beside her husband’s in their family memorial on their property in Gilman. She requests that you offer comfort to her survivors and that you remember her in your own special way.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that contributions may be made to Hospice Care, Mary Washington Hospital Foundation or to The American Cancer Society. Condolences may be expressed to the family at Covenant Funeral Service.