Mary Helen (Smith) Sites, age 82 of Petersburg, WV passed away on Sunday, January 31, 2021 at Grant Rehabilitation and Care Center in Petersburg, WV.
She was born August 17, 1938 in Petersburg, WV and was the daughter of the late Tracy Gerome Smith and Emily (Harman) Smith. In addition to her parents, Mary Helen was preceded in death by her brother, Carroll H. Smith.
Mary Helen is survived by her husband of 51 years, Gerald R. Sites whom she married on August 9, 1969; two sisters-in-law, Viva June Kile of Petersburg, WV and Shelba Jean Hoss and husband Robert of Palm Bay, Florida; one brother-in-law, Harold E. Rohrbaugh of Falls Church, VA; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Mary Helen was a graduate of Petersburg High School Class of 1956. She attended Catherman's Business School in Cumberland, MD and was bookkeeper and partner with her husband of Sites Excavating for over 50 years. In 1957 she was employed by Grant Memorial Hospital in the accounting department for 25 years. Mary Helen was a member of Grove Street United Methodist Church. She was a life member of the Grant County Historical Society and was instrumental in the restoration of the Scherr Schoolhouse where her father attended grade school.
Mary Helen was past President of Landes Farm Women’s Club. Mary Helen was chairman of the Car, Truck, and Tractor Show of Spring Mountain Festival. She enjoyed driving her Model A yellow car in parades in Petersburg and Tri-State area. Mary Helen and her husband were involved in community projects such as hayrides and picnics on North Fork Road. She was an avid collector of antiques especially antique egg baskets, dolls and hats. Mary Helen was an avid gardener and took pride in her flowers and lawn care.
Family will receive friends on Wednesday, February 3, 2021 from 11 AM to 2 PM at the Schaeffer Funeral Home in Petersburg. Funeral service will begin at 2 PM with the Rev. Larry Hakes and Pastor Lynn Durbin officiating. Interment will follow in South Branch Valley Memorial Gardens in Petersburg, WV.
Those who wish to remember Mary Helen in a special way, may make memorials to Grove Street United Methodist Church, 11 North Grove Street, Petersburg, WV 26847 or Grant County Historical Society, 105 North Main Street, Petersburg, WV 26847.
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