Verna Fay Walp, 73, of Weirton, went home to be with the Lord on January 18, 2011. Verna was born on September 27, 1937, in Chattanooga TN. She is the daughter of the late James C and Erma Kelley. Verna was a member of the 1st Christian Church of Weirton. She graduated from West High School in Knoxville TN in 1955. Verna was a lifetime member of the Marland Heights PTA, former member of the Sassy Lassie Red Hat Club and the Weirton Moose Lodge. Verna was a child care provider to many children from Marland Heights in the 1970's. It was a job she enjoyed with all of her heart. She also worked at Jean Frocks and Marland Heights Convenient Store. Verna was preceded in death by her husband of 30 years, James H Walp in 1988, brothers James Kelley, Richard Kelley, Terry Kelley, sister Linda Schaeffer, brothers-in-law Fattah Al-Chokachi and James Hamby. She leaves behind to treasure her memory daughters Susan (Greg) Reitter of Weirton, Nancy Walp of Weirton, Connie (Blaine) Stern of Chesapeake VA and two very special grandchildren, Jonathan and Hollie Reitter of Weirton, who brought her much joy and happiness. She also leaves behind brother Jerry (Teresa) Kelley of Sun City CA, sisters Polly Hamby of Knoxville TN, Trudy Al-Chokachi of Memphis TN, Bobbie (Ken) Sharp of Panama City FL, Shirley Kelley of Knoxville TN, Helen Kelley of Norton OH and very special friends of the family, Carlos Beagle, Betty Beagle and Pat Miller. She also leaves a host of nieces and nephews whom she loved dearly. As the caring and giving person Verna was, she has donated her body to the West Virginia Gift Registry of Morgantown West Virginia. A memorial service will be held at the 1st Christian Church, 3252 Main Street, Weirton on Saturday, January 22, 2011 at 1:00 pm. The Reverend Kevin Bowers will officiate. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Valley Hospice, 10686 State Route 150, Rayland, OH 43943.

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  1. Sister, we love you and will mis you Susan, Nancy, Connie, it was so wonderful to see you all once more. Wish we could have gotten together under different circumstances. We love you all very much. Your Mom is completely healthy and happy now with our Lord God Jesus Christ. May God shower you and yours with HIS Grace and Blessings.

  2. Our sincere condolences on the loss of your Mom, Susan. I didn’t know her, but from what I’ve read on Facebook, and heard from you, she was a marvelous, warm, giving woman who was taken too soon. May God bless you and your family. Katy

  3. My dear sweet Aunt Verna, You will be deeply missed. I have many many wonderful memories of you. Thank you for being such a great person and Aunt. I love you and my wishes are that I was able to see you one last time. You will never be forgotten. Love, Brittany

  4. Susan and family, I’m so sorry to hear about your mom. I know how difficult it is to lose a mother. But may you be brought comfort in knowing that she is dancing with the angels and now watching over you and praying for you and your family. Keeping you in thought and prayer during this difficult time. Love ya”

  5. Susan, Connie,Nacy, We are so very sorry for your loss. Aunt Verna was a special lady, who we loved dearly. We know she is with the Lord and all the family that she is with. We will miss her. Love to you all.God bless you.

  6. Girls. Your Mothers actions spoke for her to all that knew her. She takes me back to the mid 70’s when she took care of my daughter Jennifer in her little pre school classes! What a lady and THAT she was.

  7. Susan, Nancy and Connie, I am so glad I was able to be a part of your family and share your mom! There will always be a special place in my heart for the Kelley clan. Know that you are in my prayers and take care of yourselves now. Love, Kathy

  8. Susan, Nancy and Connie I was so sorry to hear about your mom. What wonderful memories I have spending the nights at your house all those years. Your mom was always so good to us and always a smile on her face. Sending you hugs of comfort — memories of a special life. You were truly blessed with a very special mother. Love, Ruth Mendenhall

  9. Thinking of you Susan and your family. Your mom was a sweet, caring lady and she was always so kind to me when I would be at your house. Good memories. She will be missed. Rest in peace Verna Walp.

  10. A rose once grew where all could see Sheltered beside a wall, And as the days passed swiftly by Its branches spread, straight and tall. One day, a beam of light shone through A crevice had opened wide- The rose bent gently towards its warmth Then passed to the other side.. Now you who deeply feel its loss Be comforted…the rose still blooms there- Its beauty even greater now Nurtured by God’s own loving care. My deepest sympathy Nancy to you and your family. God Bless.

  11. Susan, Nancy, Connie & family, Our deepest sympathy to you all at this time. Connie, I will always treasure our memories on our trip to California & Las Vegas years ago. Your mother was such a wonderful, loving person to all she encountered. She will be so missed by all. Sincerely, Sherry, Steve & Emily Zatezalo

  12. Verna was a very lovely lady and we enjoyed her very much while she was a Red Hatter with the Sassy Lassies.

  13. Verna Lou!!! How do I begin? She was my children’s pre-school teacher and a GREAT one at that!!!! She worked for me at Convenient on Marland Heights and that store was in GREAT HANDS when she was there. She would work circles around people and was very loyal. She was one of the nicest persons anyone could know. If you knew Verna, your life was enriched. She’ll certainly be missed by a lot of people. She was a people person and loved her family. Susan, Nancy and Connie, please accept my deepest sympathy. Your mother was a phenomenal person and I loved her!

  14. Thinking of you, Connie and Blaine, and your family and we are so sorry for your loss. In time, you will only have good memories of a very special person.

  15. Dear Susan, Nancy, and Connie, I am so saddened to read about your Mother’s passing. You have my deepest sympathy. She was a wonderful lady. Justin and Brent attended her preschool and I will always remember our days on Marland Heights. May God be with you three wonderful girls during this very difficult time. Love, Carole

  16. To the Walp daughters: It is with sadness that I read in the Wheeling paper of the passing of your mother. I remember her well during my days at Marland Heights Elementary. I still display in my study the flags you girls gave me for a Christmas present a long time ago. Blessings upon you and your families. The wonderful memories of your mother will provide much comfort. Your old principal, Lynn Caseman

  17. Nancy, I’m sorry to hear about your mom’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  18. Susan and family, So sorry about the loss of your mom. Hold the happy memories of her, they will help you get through this very difficult time. She will be with all of you forever. Blessings to all of you, Melanie

  19. Dearest Susan, Nancy and Connie, We will so miss your Mom, our Aunt Verna and are so very sad for your loss. Her unconditional love and gentle spirit have been a blessing to us all; we have another treasure in heaven. Love to you All, Debby, Bruce and Hailey

  20. Nancy, I am so sorry to read about your mom passing away. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. Sherri Zeigler Logoyda

  21. Nancy & family, Our deepest sympathy in your loss. Your Mother was a special person. Jody & Ryan loved going to her preschool classes at her house. Jody also saw your Mother at the eye doctors where Jody works. Mrs. Walp always had a smile on her face. Cindy, Rick, Jody & Ryan Parker

  22. Bless Susan,Nancy & Connie My Special Dictionary States That Under LOVE it shows a family photo of all the Walps including Greg, Blaine, Hollie & Johnathan…..Thank you Verna Fay & Jim for raising EM good and right…..LOVE YOU..

  23. To the family of Mrs Walp, please accept my deepest sympathies. I didn’t know her personally but I remember Nancy at Sears & Blaine at Williams CC. Sincerely

  24. Dear Susan, I recieved your message about your wonderful Mother. Unfortunately I called to find out where your Mom was on Tuesday morning and found out she had passed. I am so sorry about your loss. Verna was always so pleasant and loving. She always spoke of the love she had for all of you. I can remember back to the days when she worked at Convenient. She was truely a special woman. She will be missed greatly. God bless you and all of your family.

  25. Nancy and family, So sad to hear about your mom. I remember how sweet and wonderful she was. I was in a girl scout troop of hers, and I remember making soap carvings in your basement. You have a lovely family, and I hope you all do well during this difficult time. Thinking about you and many old wonderful memories.

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