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Eliza Calain

April 18, 2013
The Inter-Mountain

Eliza Norah Shaver Calain, a lifelong resident of East Dailey and recently a resident of Elkins Rehabilitation and Care Center, died April 15, 2013, in the center.

She was born May 29, 1938, to Pauline Georgia Sturm and Edward Martin Shaver, in the old City Hospital.

She attended school at Homestead, graduating for the ninth grade. She was active in 4-H for 10 years and is a pin-wearer. She raised 1,000 strawberry plants, won best of show and won a trip to Pittsburgh. In 1953, she started school at Elkins High School. Her daddy paid for her to ride to Elkins so she could take chemistry in preparation for nursing school. She met many friends at high school whom she cherished the rest of her life. Eliza was very active in high school, was a member of the National Honor Society, senior class play, member of the FHA, which she served as president, and a member of the choir. In 1956, she graduated and entered nursing school at Davis Memorial School of Nursing. In the three years of training, she was affiliated at Medical College of Virginia at Richmond, Va., and Mayview State Hospital in Pennsylvania. She graduated Aug. 29, 1959, from nursing school.

On Sept. 5, 1959, she married the love of her life, John Marshall Calain.

She continued nursing at Davis Memorial Hospital retiring after 27 1/2 years.

She remained active with her children through their school years. She was a member of the Tygarts Valley Boosters Club when it was being formed.

Eliza was a lifelong member of the Valley Bend Presbyterian Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, John; and infant son, John Edward.

Surviving are her children, Kelly Channell, Lisa Townsend and John Martin Calain; grandchildren, Joel Leach, Aaron Channell, Deirdre Fox, Paige Miller, Alyssa Leach and Logan Comer; and great-grandchildren, Marshall Ross Fox and Daelyn Leach.

Thank you to the dialysis team who cared for her during the years.

Through the love of medicine, Eliza has donated her body to the Human Gift Registry. A memorial service will be conducted Saturday, April 27, at 5 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Elkins. Pastor Stella Faye Moyer will officiate.



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