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Bertha Mae (Geary) Smedley

November 21, 2012
Weirton Daily Times

SMEDLEY, Bertha Mae (Geary), 92, of Follansbee, WV, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012, at Acuity Specialty Hospital, Steubenville, OH.

Bertha was born Sept. 24, 1920, in Steubenville, OH, the daughter of the late William and Mae (Rosenberger) Geary.

In addition to her parents, Bertha was preceded in death by her husband of 70 years, James I. Smedley; three brothers, Edward, Thomas and William Geary and two sisters, Edith Hanlon and Alberta Barnett.

Bertha was a member of Christ Episcopal Church, Wellsburg.

Bertha is survived by one daughter Jeanne Rodgers and her husband, John, of Colliers, WV; two sons, Jim Smedley and his wife, Barbara of Follansbee, WV and Jack Smedley and his wife, Iva of Gallatin, TN; seven grandchildren, Scott Smedley of Richmond, VA, Karen Angle Jarrett of Hendersonville, TN, Chris Smedley of Wake Forest, NC, John Rodgers Jr. of East Brunswick, NJ, Julie Miller of Wellsburg, Sheryl Smedley of Garland, TX and Lori Matta of Hammonton, NJ; 17 great-grandchildren; a brother, Joseph Geary and a sister, Sarah Debner, both of Follansbee, WV; and several nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will be received on Friday, Nov. 23, 2012, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. and again on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, from 10 until time of funeral service at 11 a.m. at the James Funeral Home, 1245 Main Street, Follansbee, WV, with the Reverend Gene Sheppard officiating.

Interment will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery, Follansbee, WV.

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