Elsie Marie Withrow


Elsie Marie Withrow of Oak Hill passed away peacefully in her home on August 2, 2019.
She was the daughter of the late Walter and Martha McKinney Bowles.
Elsie was preceded in death by her husband Lester A. Withrow, son Lester Lee Withrow and eleven brothers and sisters.
She is survived by her daughters, Alice Hatcher and Brenda Hewitt, seven grandchildren: Terri Blake, David Hash, Greg Hewitt, Tracy Meyer, Dennis Withrow, Cyndi Withrow, and Doug Withrow, as well as a gaggle of great grandchildren, all of whom were blessed to have her in their lives.
Elsie was a character to the extent that she achieved the rarified air of simply being known by her first name. One needs to say Elsie to prompt a smile and a happy memory from anyone who knew her. She loved her family, her trips to the fair and Pawleys Island where she was able to watch not only her children and grandchildren grow, but also her great grandchildren. Take one look at the branches of her family tree to see how truly exceptional her life was. All who were blessed to have known her are better for it. From humble beginnings she reared three kids on her own, never asking for, nor expecting help and always lived life on her terms. Those who knew her will not be surprised that she left this world as she lived her life, on her own terms. Apropos, she passed on International Beer Day-something which I'm sure would put a smile on her face. She was loved and will be missed.
Per her wishes, her body was donated to the WVU School of Medicine. Also per her wishes there will be no service.
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Published on August 5, 2019
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Nancy & Charlie Garvin
Aug 08, 2019
Dear Alice & Brenda,
So sorry to hear of your mom's passing. Lots of fond memories to bring you comfort.
Sharon Ruff Kessler
Aug 06, 2019
Loved her so much took me camping and fishing her and Grandma Ruff very special Lady
Richard & Brenda Fedukovich Lambey
Aug 06, 2019
Elsie is much loved, her death creates a void that is vast and will remain unfilled until we join her. Just a few days before she passed on Elsie quoted the entire song "Amazing Grace" to me telling me it was her favorite song and that it had meant much to her in times of sorrow. She was always so much more than a friend but a part of our family for 65 years. We loved the way Elsie told us exactly what she thought with laughter and love in her heart.
Aug 05, 2019
I only knew Ms Elsie a little less then 2 years.She welcomed me to the neiggbor hood.She and i had a lot of good conversations on her porch.We talked on the phone.she chevked on me and i checked on her.I loved her she was like a mother figure for me.She said she loved to sit on her porch and watch me work!! She will surely be missed by me .she was a wonderful neigbor.God Bless her soul.
Kathy and Billy Cochran
Aug 05, 2019
Elsie was a cracker jack she will surely be missed by all . We loved her dearly.