Nell Ramsey Wise, of New Martinsville, WV, passed away Sunday, March 24, 2013 at the Woodsfield Nursing Home & Rehab Center, Woodsfield, Ohio, at the age of 97.

Nell was born in Silver Hill, Wetzel County, WV, on June 17, 1915.

She was preceded in death by her father, Charles A. Ramsey and mother, Lucy O. Johnson Ramsey; by her husband, Harry E. Wise; by four sisters, Lillie Yocum, Ocie Buchner, Anne Yoho and Blanche Long; and by two brothers, Elmer Ramsey and Ernie Ramsey.  She was also preceded in death by beloved family friend, Glenn Smith.

Nell was survived by her son, Dr. James N. Wise, wife, Hester of Rolla, MO; by two grandsons, Garnett Wise, wife Julie, daughters, Bailey and Emma of Fayetteville, AR and by Dr. Ramsay Wise, wife Joie Hendricks, and daughter Keaton of Columbia, MO.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church of New Martinsville for 66 years.  Nell was an active quilter with the Baptist Church Quilters’ Guild until 2011.

Nell retired in 1986 ending her 33-year career at Wetzel County Hospital as an LPN.  Her formal education ended with her eighth grade graduation from Silver Hill School.  She encouraged her son and grandsons to be diligent in school and was proud that they were awarded university degrees.  She learned how to drive at 74 years of age, a skill that helped her maintain her independence into her late 90s.

Nell would have been a member for 74 years on April 7 of Palm Rebekah Lodge No. 157, New Martinsville.

Family will receive friends on Wednesday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at Grisell Funeral Home & Crematory, 751 Third Street, New Martinsville, where funeral services will be held on Thursday at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Don Biram officiating.

Interment in Northview Cemetery, New Martinsville.    

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