Zelma Virginia "Sissy" Currence, 88, a resident of Valley Bend, departed peacefully from this life at her home on Dec. 20, 2013, surrounded by her family.
She was born to Conard and Florence Tenney, of Hemlock, on May 22, 1925.
She attended the Zickafoose School in Hemlock and was wed to Carrol Burnard Currence on Feb. 20, 1942, in Tallmansville.
She then relocated to the Currence family farm in High Germany and later to Blue Rock. Carrol and Sissy shared 71 joyous years of marriage.
Sissy was an extraordinary woman. Her life was devoted to simple principles, the most important being her unwavering love of her family, friends and neighbors. She is best remembered working diligently tending her garden; its bounty harvested and meticulously preserved. The home she kept was warm and inviting. She was well-known as a thoughtful hostess and took great pride in never allowing a guest to leave without the comfort of a well-prepared meal.
Sissy and Carrol were very supportive of the continued growth of the Blue Rock United Methodist Church. They were lifelong members and provided substantial volunteer support for much of the church's functions from 1950 through late 1970. Together, Carrol and Sissy nurtured and raised six children with immense pride. Through times of plenty and times of want, the guidance and compassion she exhibited was untiring.
Surviving are husband Carrol and six children, Karen Shiflett and husband, Jimmy, of Mill Creek, Elmer Currence of Dailey, Geraldine Chewning and husband, Dale, of Mill Creek, Greg Currence and wife, Karen, of Valley Bend, Clara "Vernie" McNeal and husband, Coy, of Valley Bend, and Teena Wallace of Beverly.
Also surviving are 10 grandchildren, Leslie Shiflett of Beverly, Randy Chewning of Mill Creek, Eric Shiflett of Raleigh, N.C., Tammy Hinzman of Valley Bend, Jeff Chewning of Mill Creek, Douglas Currence of Morgantown, Ashley Walker of Crozet, Va., J.C. Wallace of Mill Creek, Kathleen Sharp of Valley Bend and Seth Currence of Dailey. Additional family members include seven great-grandchildren, Alex Hinzman, Hannah Shiflett, Lucas, Lilly and Liam Currence, and Jones and Cecelia Walker.
Sissy is survived by her brother, Dayton Tenney; and by her sister, Kathleen Tenney, both of Buckhannon.
Preceding Sissy in death were parents, Conard and Florence Tenney; infant daughter, Rosalie; brothers, Willis, Preston, Denley and Basil "Chick" Tenney; sisters, Willa Leigh, Mazie Currence, Irene Olenick and Creta Fern Tenney; granddaughter Kimberly Gil; and great-grandchildren, Gabriel and Isabelle Gil.
The family greeted friends at Tomblyn Funeral Home of Elkins on Sunday, Dec. 22. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. today from the funeral home chapel with Pastor Tristen Tenney officiating and Rev. Randy Long assisting. Interment will follow at the Blue Rock Cemetery at Blue Rock, West Virginia.
The family requests that memorial contributions may be made to the Jerusalem Church, C/O Evelyn Jenkins, HC 58, Box 64, Mill Creek, WV 26280 in memory of Mrs. Currence.
Tomblyn Funeral Home of Elkins is in charge of the arrangements for Zelma Virginia "Sissy" Currence.