Obituaries — Shenandoah County

Dorothy V. Bradbury

Dorothy Vernon Bradbury, 89, of Strasburg passed away peacefully surrounded by family and friends on Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017 after a long struggle with Alzheimer's Disease.

Dorothy was born in Houston, Tx. on Feb. 21, 1928, the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. R.M. Bradbury of Kilgore, Tx.

Mom was a loving and loyal mother to Jane Munden Flores (David) of Bulverde, Tx., Edward B. Munden (Naomi) of Centreville, Va., and Janeas Munden (Teddy Helsley) of Woodstock, Va.; devoted Maw-Maw to 12 grandchildren, Abby Neese, Molly Munden, Skyler Bradley, Sarah Steffer, Tony Steffer, Toby Munden, Cheryl Lozano-Beatty, Dorothy Abeyta, Maggie Savage, James Flores, Ian Flores, and Alyssa Flores; 16 great grandchildren; nieces and nephews; and a brother, all of whom she loved dearly.

Upon her retirement from the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, where she served under two presidents as the Liaison for the Soil Conservation Service, Dottie moved to Woodstock in 1995.

She was an active and dedicated member of Toms Brook United Methodist Church.
 She enjoyed supporting the church women's group, gardening, spending time at the beach, reading, and working crossword puzzles. She adored her dogs and, as a true Texas cowgirl, Dorothy Vernon was a skilled horsewoman, a champion sharpshooter, and an avid camper/hiker.

She has passed her love of nature on to her children leaving years of precious memories of great adventures together. She has also blessed her family with an incredible sense of humor and love of singing.

Per her wishes, Dottie's body has been donated to the University of Virginia School of Medicine. When her work there is complete a memorial service will be held in Rehoboth Beach, De.

The family wishes to thank the staff of Greenfield Reflections of Strasburg for the outstanding compassion, love, personal care and support that they have shown to our mother and our family over the past several years. We were all blessed indeed to have mother in their care.

Memorial contributions can be made to Greenfield Reflections with notation for "Staff Sunshine Fund", 304 Bowman Mill Road, Strasburg, VA 22657.

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Helen M. Burns

Helen Marie Burns, 89, of Woodstock, went to be with her lord Monday, Aug. 7, 2017 at her home, surrounded by her loving family.

The funeral service will be held Monday, Aug. 14 at 11 a.m. at Grace Baptist Church in Woodstock. Pastor Scott LáHeureux will officiate.
 Entombment will be private in Shenandoah Memorial Park in Winchester.

Mrs. Burns was born March 17, 1928 in Bethesda, Md., daughter of the late George William and Massie L. Oden Cornwell.

She was very active in the church and belonged to the Ladies Missionary Group.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Herman Burns.

Helen is survived by three daughters, Sharon Jordan and husband Carroll of Gerrardstown, WV, Melody Rogers and husband Andy of Front Royal and Carolyn Boldt and husband Jerry of Naples, Fl.; one son, Mark Burns and wife Sue of Clayton, NC; sister, Sue Puttfarcken and husband Klaus of Naples, Fl.; sister-in-law, Ruth Cornwell of Ijamsville, Md.; 11 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; one great great grandson; and several nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Grace Baptist Church, 1255 Hoover Rd., Woodstock, VA 22664 or Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 W. Cork Street, Winchester, VA 22601.

Helen was a giver always helping people in need. She was a diehard Redskin and NASCAR fan.

She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

Online condolences may be left at

Arrangements are in the care of Heishman Funeral Home Inc., Valley Funeral Service.

Peggy G. Corbin

Peggy G. Corbin, 74, of Stanley, Va., died Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017, at Life Care Center of New Market.

Visitation was Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Calvary Independent Brethren Church, where the service was Thursday, Aug. 10, at 11 a.m. Burial was at Mount Zion Cemetery in Luray.

Arrangements are by Bradley Funeral Home Inc. in Luray.

Virginia L. Morrison

Virginia Lee Morrison, 88, of Front Royal, passed away on Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017 at the Winchester Medical Center.

A graveside service will be conducted on Friday, Aug. 11, 2017 at 3 p.m. in Panorama Memorial Gardens with the Reverend Seth Alcorn and the Reverend Larry Veach officiating.

Virginia was born on Sept. 29, 1928 in Front Royal, a daughter of the late Kennen and Odessa Durham Winsboro.

She was a seamstress for Aileen Company in Flint Hill and was a graduate of the Royal Business College.

She was a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.

Virginia is survived by her daughters, Caroline S. McLaughlin and husband David of Greenville and Melissa Keefer and husband Robert of Star Tannery; her sisters, Charlotte Horn of Mountain Home, Ar. and Mary Hines of Stephens City; her grandchildren, David W McLaughlin Jr., Daniel A. McLaughlin, DaShawn Groves, Sgt. Danielle Rapp, Jay Keefer, and Breanna Keefer; and her great grandchildren, Madison Rapp, Tristan Rapp and Tyler Keefer.

In addition to her parents, Virginia was preceded in death by her husband, Francis Morrison in 2012.

Turner-Robertshaw Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Vergie L. Palmer

Vergie Leodia Palmer, 88, of Timberville, died Friday, Aug. 4, 2017, at her daughter’s residence.

She was born Dec. 23, 1928, in Shenandoah County and was the daughter of the late Charles William and Annie Neff Ritter.

She was a homemaker. She was also a member of the Mount Tabor United Methodist Church and was a foster parent to many children.

On June 11, 1949, she married Roy Nelson Palmer Sr., who preceded her in death on April 27, 2016.

Surviving are sons, Roy Palmer Jr. of Mount Jackson, Randy Palmer of Broadway, Joey Palmer of Fulks Run, Bobby Palmer of Timberville, and David Palmer of Roanoke; daughters; Joanne Sosa, Sarah Hamlin and Megan Pacheco, all of Timberville, sister; Shirley Layman of Lacey Spring; 16 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by 11 siblings.

Pastor Bradley Kolb conducted a graveside service 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 7, at the Eastlawn Memorial Gardens in Harrisonburg.

The family received friends from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 6, at the Grandle Funeral Home in Broadway.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Grandle Funeral Home, P.O. Box 114 Broadway, VA 22815.

Helen H. Partlow

Helen Marie Hottle Partlow, 87, of Browntown, Va., passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017.

The family received friends on Friday, Aug. 4 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. at Maddox Funeral Home followed by a funeral service at 1 p.m. conducted by Elder Jonathan Cook and Elder Gary Utz. Burial followed in Panorama Memorial Gardens.

Mrs. Partlow was born April 16, 1930 in Wardensville, WV, daughter of the late Benjamin and Cora Alice Heishman Hottle.

She was a faithful member of South River Primitive Baptist Church for 64 years and served as church clerk for 37 years.

Mrs. Partlow retired as a teacher's aide from Warren County Public Schools.

She was married to the late Ralph A. Partlow.

Surviving are two sons, Benny Partlow of Browntown and Glen Partlow and his wife Jaqelyn Annette Partlow of Woodstock; daughter-in-law, Helen Partlow of Woodstock; three grandchildren, Keith Partlow and wife Emily, Alyssa Partlow and Megan Partlow; and three great grandchildren, Chase Partlow, Riley Partlow, and Gwenevere Whizhard.

She was preceded in death by her son, Lynwood Partlow.

Pallbearers were Johnny Seal, David Airhart, Doug Partlow, Keith Partlow, Terry Berry, Michael Berry, and Tommy Tharpe.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to South River Primitive Baptist Church, c/o Sam Baggarly, 1141 Elm Street, Front Royal, VA 22630.

Sandra H. Vencill

“Sandy” “Ole Lady” Sandra Helen Vencill, 74, of Winchester, Virginia passed away Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017 at Winchester Medical Center.

Ms. Vencill was born in 1942 in Winchester, Virginia, the daughter of the late Ross W. and Eva V. Michael.

She was a seamstress at Midwesco Filter Resources retiring after 19 years of service. Her greatest passion was spending time with and taking care of her family and friends. If you visited her home you never left hungry, she made sure of that. Sandy loved to dance, watch hummingbirds, crochet, watch wrestling and loved Roman Reigns (wrestler), and she was a member of the Eagles.

Surviving is a daughter, Tammy Fincham (Tommy) of Winchester, Virginia; sons,John Wright(Kimberly) of Stephens City, Virginia, Ross Wright (Teresa) of Stephens City, Virginia, Christopher Wright(Shawna) of Cary, North Carolina, and Johnnie “Vence” Vencill of Strasburg, Virginia; grandchildren, Mariah, Travis, Ian, Taylor, Brooke, Josh, Noah, Chelsea Sowder (John), Joshua (Stephanie), and Joey; great grandchildren, Rilyn, Kennedy, Evie and Evelyn; as well as many loving friends and her beloved cat, Ace.

Sandy was preceded in death by husband, Jack Vencill; a sister, Lucille K. Baker and brother, Ronald N. Coffman.

The family received friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday at Omps Funeral Home, Amherst Chapel. A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Friday at Omps Funeral Home, Amherst Chapel with Evangelist Charles Doughty officiating. Interment will be in Shenandoah Memorial Park, Winchester, Virginia. A time of continued fellowship and food will follow the graveside service at Omps Funeral Home South Chapel Reception Center.

Memorial contributions in memory of Sandy may be made to the Esther Boyd Animal Shelter, 161 Fort Collier Road, Winchester, Virginia 22603 and because of Sandy’s unconditional love for her family please stop and give someone a hug….family or friend…..don’t take one day for granted.

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Helen L. Wright

Helen Louise Wright, 75, of Front Royal, passed away on Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017 at Warren Memorial Hospital in Front Royal.

A funeral service was conducted on Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017 at 10 a.m. at Turner-Robertshaw Funeral Home. Burial followed at 3 p.m. in the Union Cemetery of Montgomery in Burtonsville, Md.
 The family received friends on Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017 from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

Mrs. Wright was born in Laurel, Md., on Nov. 16, 1941, a daughter of the late Norman and Vergie Mills Dustin.

She worked for McDonald's as a prep cook.

She enjoyed spending time with her family, completing word searches and playing cards. She was a loving wife, sister, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

Mrs. Wright is survived by her husband, Francis Wright; her sons, Richard A. Smith Jr. and wife Patricia of Star Tannery, Charles W. Smith and wife Crystal of Hosford, Fl., Brian K. Smith and wife Susan of Front Royal, Ronald W. Smith and wife Cindy of Front Royal, and Donald E. Gue and wife Angela of Strasburg; her daughters, Brenda L. Settle of Front Royal and Helen R. Gue and husband Robert Williams of Stephens City; her brothers, Vernon Dustin and wife Delores, Tommy Dustin, Warren Dustin and wife Loretta, and Billy Dustin and wife Laurie; her brother-in-law, Sonny Snoots; her grandchildren, Ryan Williams, Tabitha Lopez, Tiffany Pedro, Ashley Gue, Jennifer Henry, Charles Smith, Scotty Gue, Sarah Smith, Terri Settle, Coleman Wetzel, Ethan Gue, Dustin Gue, Dylan Gue, Beau Smith, and Jeffery Hunter; her eight great grandchildren; and her cherished pets, her dog Teddy and her cat Smokey.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Wright was preceded in death by her sister, Maxine Snoots and her sister-in-law, Bernie Dustin.

Pallbears were Richard Smith, Charles Smith, Brian Smith, Ronald Smith, Donald Gue, and Robert Williams.

Honorary pallbearers were Beau Smith, Scotty Gue, Charles Smith Jr. and Ethan Gue.

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