C. Jean (Ramsey) Ware Ketchem


C. Jean (Ramsey) Ware Ketchem departed this life on Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022, at the age of 87.

Jean was born to the late William J. Ramsey and Oleta B. (Digman) Ramsey on July 22, 1935, in Belington, Barbour County, West Virginia.

She was preceded in death by her son, Jeffrey A. Ware (his wife, Becci, survives); her brothers, John Ramsey (his wife, Dora, survives), Ronald (Peewee) Ramsey (his wife, Diane, survives) and Floyd Ramsey; and her sister, A. Faye Reams.

She was further preceded in death by two former husbands, Denzil Ware and Ronald Ketchem.

She is survived by her daughters, Deloris Biller and Brenda Doyle; and her brother, Charles (Hack) Ramsey.

Also surviving are her grandchildren, Christi Lester (Shawn), who lovingly took care of her for several months, Jeremy Biller (Kate), Nathan Ware, Garrett Doyle, Jordan Ware and Kenyon Ware.

Great-grandchildren are Hunter Lester, Ian Lester, Jenna Lester and Everett (Rett) Biller.

Extended family includes Tim Ketchem and family, Terri Shaw and family, Seth Parsons and family, Joseph King and family, John King and Matthew King.

She is further survived by several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Jean Ketchem (everyone knew her as Jean) was the matriarch of the family. She was the one that wanted to know where everyone was, what everyone was doing and called often to check-in. She gathered her family during holidays to eat a huge meal and traded stories of days gone by or listened to the family discuss current events.

Jean was a true public servant her whole life, working various jobs, some of which include Bobbin Booth’s, Howard Johnson’s, Yeager’s Restaurant, Mellie’s Restaurant, Broaddus Hospital and Good Samaritan among others.

She also took care of elderly patients for a time.

She was happy and content while working in the public and didn’t slow down until she was in her 80s.

Jean was a proud and very active member of the VFW Post 410 Ladies Auxiliary, recently receiving her 40-year member pin, working many functions and attending numerous conferences. She was also a proud member of the James Barbour Daughters of the American Revolution.

She also worked many functions at the Asbury Methodist Church and was an active member for many years and was also a member of the United Methodist Women.

She never met a stranger and was a friend to all.

Friends will be received at the Talbott Funeral Home in Belington from 6-9 p.m. on Tuesday Aug. 16, 2022.

At 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday evening, the VFW Ladies Auxiliary will conduct a ritualistic service from the funeral home chapel.

Friends will be received again on Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022, from 8 a.m. – 11 a.m., the funeral hour, when final rites will be conducted from the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Lee Williams officiating.

Interment will follow in the Lambert Chapel Cemetery near Belington.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society P.O. Box 22718 Oklahoma City, Ok. 73123.

Condolences can be made to the family at www.talbottfuneralhome.com.

The Talbott Funeral Home in Belington is in charge of the arrangements for C. Jean Ramsey Ware Ketchem.