Fred Pacefpace@civitasmedia.com

January 30, 2013

AMHERSTDALE, W.Va. — Mary Ruth Elkins, 93, of Amherstdale, passed away Tuesday, January 29, 2013, at the home of her daughter surrounded by her loving family.

Born May 23, 1919, at Cyclone, she was a daughter of the late Benjamin Harrison and Bertha Ann Burgess Paynter. Also preceding her in death was her beloved husband, Otha Edison Elkins; sons, Roger Lee Burgess, Jennings Lee Elkins, Otha Lynn Elkins and Charles Graves Burgess; daughter, Judy Alice (Joe Douglas) Thompson; one granddaughter, Jennifer Thompson Deel; brothers, Arnold (Hester) Paynter, Calvin (Thelma) Paynter, Dexter (Nellie) Paynter, George (Margaret) Paynter and Eugene (Bonnie) Paynter, and sisters, Nancy (Nathan) Miller, Donzel (Sherman) Blankenship and Virginia Pearl Paynter.

Mary Ruth was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She was the world’s best baker, cook, seamstress and Ms. Fix It. Adored by all who knew her for her gentle, kind and understanding ways, Mary Ruth was a member of the Mallory Church of God and, when she was able, attended church faithfully.

Those left to cherish her memory include her only surviving child, Ramona Kay Poston and her husband, Charles Kelly, of Amherstdale, with whom she made her home; her best friend, Inis Poston of Amherstdale; one sister, Bonnie Eldridge of Campus; daughter-in-law and best friend, Debbie Elkins of Manassas, Va.; 12 grandchildren, Charles Kelly (Crystal) Poston of Moneta, Va., Mark K. Poston of Salem, Va., Sandra Kay (Larry) Adams of Davin, Joey (Becky) Thompson of Canton, N.C., Robin Sue (Michael ) Cline of Abingdon, Va., Kevin (Becky) Thompson of Greenville, Mich., Christopher Thompson and Kevin Elam, both of Man, Christopher (Kelly) Elkins of Florida, Geoffrey Elkins of Manassas, Delana (Kenny) Spence of Shawsville, Va., and Melinda Gibson of Accoville; great-grandchildren, Michael (Dee Dee) Spolarich of Hurricane, Derrick Spolarich of Morgantown, Sheena Cline of Oceana, Nikki Thompson of North Carolina, Jennifer Foran of Illinois, Katie Thompson and Noah Thompson, both of Greenville, Mich., Daryan Thompson of Man and Brittany Sue Deel of Chapmanville, and a host of great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, February 1, at the Mallory Church of God with Lay Minister Charles Paynter and Rev. Shaun Walker officiating. Burial will follow in Paynter Family Cemetery at Campus.

Visitation will be from 6-9 p.m. Thursday and one hour prior to services Friday at the church.

Pallbearers will be grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A special thanks to the entire staff of Dignity Hospice for the care and concern they provided to Mary Ruth and our family.

The family sends a thousand thanks to Robin Sue Cline for being Aunt Kay’s and Momma’s special guardian angel and to Mary Ruth’s Golden Girls, Inis Poston, Patricia Belcher, Janet Miller and Sandra Adams.

Condolences may be left at www.krantzmcneelyfuneralhome.com

Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Krantz-McNeely Funeral Home of Man.