HITCHINGS, Helen Pelkey Berry

HITCHINGS, Helen Pelkey Berry, 82, of Belmont, Ohio died March 21, 2013 at Cumberland Pointe Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

She was born March 3, 1931 in Elm Grove, West Virginia, daughter of the late Charles Ross Pelkey and Mary Elizabeth Behrens Pelkey.

Helen grew up in Elm Grove raised by her mother, Mary and step-father, Ollie O. Forshey. She was a Methodist. She graduated magna cum lade with a Masters Degree in Nursing from Ohio University in Athens. She retired from nursing having worked in hospitals and nursing homes.

In addition to her parents and stepfather, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Elmer H. Berry Sr.; second husband, Jack Hitchings; son, Elmer H. Berry Jr.; daughter, Linda Berry-Schmitt; two brothers, and two sisters.

Surviving are her children, Margaret Hores of Johns Island, South Carolina, Roy Carl Berry of Bethesda, Jeannie Bugala of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; eight grandchildren, Jason Fiutem of Johns Island, SC, Justin Fiutem of Rocky River, OH, Eric Berry of Morristown, Danielle Astar Nippert of Alledonia, Heather Berry and Ethan Berry both of Bethesda, Chad Bugala and Meagan Reed both of Pittsburgh, PA; seven great – grandchildren; two sisters, Nancy Dierkes of Bethlehem, WV and Betty Lou Graham of Florida.

Private services were held at the convenience of the family. Toothman Funeral Home in St. Clairsville was entrusted with the arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Belmont County Animal Shelter, 45244 National Rd., St. Clairsville, OH 43950.