VANGILDER, Nelma Frances Pitzer, 93, of Fairmont, passed away on Monday, February 4, 2013 at Fairmont General Hospital.
She was born January 24, 1920 in Barrackville, WV a daughter of the late Walter and Margaret O. Neptune Pitzer.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years, J. Lee VanGilder on August 16, 1995.
Mrs. VanGilder was a 1938 graduate of Barrackville High School, as well as the Fairmont Business College. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Fairmont. Nelma had worked for Monongahela Power Company in the Cleveland Avenue Office at the contract desk and billing department for several years. She had previously worked with Guida Realty in Weirton for over 15 years as the bookkeeper. Nelma served as the church organist for the Weirton First Baptist Church in Weirton, WV for 23 years, and later as the organist for Bethesda Baptist Church in Barrackville. She enjoyed needlework, including cross stitching, tatting, and crochet, as well as reading and visiting with her grandchildren.
Survivors include, son, Don and his wife Sharon Vangilder, of White Hall, with whom she made her home; four grandchildren, Timothy VanGilder, Valery Morris, Heather Bolyard, and Amber Miller; 10 living great grandchildren, Hailey, Abigail, and Akira Van Gilder, Kaitlyn and Ryleigh Morris, Paige, Braden and Tyler Bolyard, Briana and Cole Miller; several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband and her parents, she was preceded in death by one great grandson, who passed away on Janurary 9, 2013, Evan Richard Morris; as well as her sister, Retha Hamilton.
Friends and family may call the Ford Funeral Home, R.C. Jones Chapel, 1410 Country Club Road, Fairmont on Thursday February 7, 2013 from 2 until 4 p.m. and 7 until 9 p.m., as well as on Friday, February 8, 2013 from 10 until 11 a.m. The funeral will be held in the funeral home on Friday, February 8, 2013 at 11 a.m. with Pastor Val Gittings officiating. Interment will follow at Mt Zion Cemetery and Mausoleum in Fairmont.
Online condolences may be made to www.fordfuneralhomes.com