G. Gladys Harsh Dumire, 88, a resident of Parsons, passed from this life Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, Hospice Inpatient Care Center in Elkins.
She was born Sunday, March 30, 1924, at Parsons, a daughter of the late Aldine Harsh and Clara Ethel McDonald Harsh.
On Dec. 7, 1947, at Oakland, Md., she was united in marriage to Walter "Pinkie" Dumire, who preceded in her death Oct. 6, 2003. They had celebrated 56 years of marriage.
She attended Parsons Grade School and graduated from Parsons High School as valedictorian of her class in 1943. She attended West Virginia Wesleyan College and graduated from St. Mary's School of Nursing in June 1947. She worked for the former Tucker County Hospital and for the State Health Department as TB control nurse. She started the first Tucker County Health Department and worked there until she retired in 1987. She was the recipient of the Golden Horseshoe Award. In 2006, she was inducted into the Parsons High School Hall of Fame. She was a member of St. John's United Methodist Church, an active member of the Parsons community and a member of the Concerned Citizen's Coalition as a "Cookie Lady."
She was preceded in death by a brother, Maurice "Smokey" Harsh; and three sisters, Eva Jones, Madge Long and Mary Frances Harsh, who died in infancy.
She is survived by several nieces and nephews, special friends, Martin and Jean Wilmoth, and her beloved cat, Charlie.
She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.
She was a very loving, caring and giving person and willing to help anyone in need. She was a very special lady and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Visitation will be conducted at Summerfield Funeral Home of Parsons Sunday from 5 until 8 p.m. Funeral services will be conducted at the funeral home chapel Monday, Nov. 12, at 11 a.m. The Rev. Philip Dent will officiate, and interment will follow in Bethel Cemetery at Holly Meadows.
Summerfield Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements for Gladys Harsh Dumire. Send online condolences to the family at www.summerfieldfuneralhome.com.