Velma Emogene Varner Moats, 85, a resident of the Clover Run community, St. George, departed this life early Saturday morning, May 25, 2013, in Hospice Care Regional Inpatient Center at Elkins.
She was born Tuesday, Oct. 4, 1927, at Clover Run, Tucker County, a daughter of the late Porter A. and Melvina "Millie" Shaffer Varner.
On July 21, 1951, at Oakland, Md., she was married to Ward Maree Moats, who survives. They had celebrated 61 years of marriage.
Also surviving are one son, William "Bill" Moats and wife, Sharon, of Clover Run; one daughter, Mildred "Millie" Marie Shaffer and husband, Tom, of Clover Run; four grandchildren, Kristi Wolford and husband, David, of Fairmont, Tommy Shaffer of Morgantown, Travis William Moats and Scott Wesley Moats, both of Clover Run; and two great-grandchildren, Zachariah Wolford and Tristan Wolford, both of Fairmont; and one sister-in-law, Wilma Moats of Tacy community.
She was preceded in death by one brother, John Edward Varner; and one sister, Mildred Ruth Varner.
She attended the one-room Harper School at Clover Run. She was a homemaker and a member of Union Chapel Church. She was a noted cook, enjoyed making big meals, gardening and canning and spending time with her family.
The family will receive friends at Lohr & Barb Funeral Home Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. Final rites will be conducted at the funeral home parlor Thursday, May 30, at 11:30 a.m. The Rev. Neil Precht and the Rev. Neil Parsons will officiate, and interment will follow in Cross Roads Cemetery in Tacy community. Lohr & Barb Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Velma Emogene Varner Moats. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.lohrbarbfuneralhome.com.