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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Violet Abdo Oberly, 98, died peacefully in her sleep Saturday, April 27, 2013, in the Madison Rehabilitation Center in Morgantown.


Born September 8, 1914, in Logan, she was a daughter of the late Charles and Mary Claypoole Abdo. Also preceding her in death was her husband, Richard Oberly; two sisters, Anna Ruth Mays and Lillian Abdo; half-siblings, Mertha, Virgil and Earl Perry; niece, Mary Miller Bird, and brother-in-law, Leon Mays.


Violet graduated from Logan high School in 1933. After attending the Huntington School of Business, Violet worked for Minton Chevrolet and Island Creek Coal Co. Although Violet lived for a number of years in Pennsylvania, she returned to her beloved Logan after her husband’s death to raise her son among friends and family. Violet was a member of the Nighbert Memorial Methodist Church in Logan for more than 65 years, where she taught Sunday school for over 50 years. She began her Sunday school teaching career as a teenager in the junior department and ended her Sunday school teaching responsibilities shortly after turning 90. Violet was a charter member of the League of Women voters, Cub Scout supporter, and a long-time member of the Logan Country Club. Violet will be largely remembered for her thespian contributions to community productions, with her being rather proud of her ability to remember her lines when she was in her eighties. Violet will be most remembered, however, by those who knew her for her wisdom, wonderful sense of humor, kindness, loving nature, and love of her hometown.


Survivors include her son, Dr. Jon R. Oberly and his wife, Stephanie, of Morgantown; a nephew, Dr. Charles Mays of Charlotte, N.C.; a niece, Joan Patterson of Parkton, Md.; a special cousin, Bob Claypool, and his wife, Gwen, of Waco, Texas, and their children and grandchildren; a step-grandson, Matthew Evans; a great step-granddaughter, Demi Evans; two great step-grandsons, Eli and Preston Evans; a former caretaker, Donna Maynard, who enabled her to stay in her Logan home until she was 94, and her special roommate at Madison, Mary Baniak.


Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 1, at Nighbert Memorial United Methodist Church. Burial will follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery at Pecks Mill.


Following burial, a luncheon will be held at the church.


Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Honaker Funeral Home and one hour prior to services Wednesday at the church.


In lieu of flowers, friends may make contributions to Nighbert Memorial United Methodist Church.


Condolences may be left at www.honakerfuneralhome.org


Honaker Funeral Home of Logan is in charge of her funeral services.


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