The Times West Virginian


February 18, 2011

Jeanne Newhouse

FAIRMONT — Jeanne Wyckoff Menear Newhouse, age 93, of Grafton, passed away Wednesday, (Feb. 16, 2011) at Grafton City Hospital, following a hospital stay of 12 hours.

She resided at Mayles Private Care Home in Taylor County for the last several months of her life and was also briefly in Rosewood Nursing and Rehab Center. She resided in her own home on Washington Street, Grafton, until the age of 92 with help from her daughter Linda, son-in-law Joseph Bittinger, and granddaughter Mindy Gibson Larew.

She was born in Grafton, on Nov. 27, 1917, to the late Claire Wyckoff Menear and William “Golden” Menear. Her husband, Michael Emmett Newhouse, Sr. preceded her in death in 1974. They were united in marriage Feb. 1, 1941, in Fairmont.

Jeanne is survived by: her daughter and longtime caregiver, Linda Bittinger and husband Joseph, of Grafton; daughter, Diane and Dr. Norman Cowen; two sons, Dr. Mike Newhouse and wife Mary of Virginia, and Danny and wife Brenda of Martinsburg; grandchildren, Mindy Gibson-Larew, her caretaker, and her husband Ben, of Grafton, Dr. Charles and wife Rachael Newhouse of Virginia, Christopher Newhouse of Virginia, Michael Paul Newhouse of Baltimore, John Flanagan and wife Rome of Virginia, James Flanagan of Virginia, Vincent, Zack and Allie Newhouse, of Martinsburg; and step-grandchildren, Jason Bittinger and wife Mandi of Martinsburg, Joey Bittinger and wife Stephanie of Worthington, Lisa Esphinia and husband Jorge of Florida; great-grandchildren, Briar Larew, Brady and Blake Bittinger, Trye and John Michael Bittinger, Christopher Flanagan, Ashley and Katelyn Flanagan, Lydia and Benjamin Newhouse, and Payne and Brandi Vincent; brother-in-law, Ernie Newhouse and wife Monnie of Virginia; and her cat Lady, and all the outside cats she cared for.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by: a sister, Lucille Menear, in infancy; brothers, Kenneth, Norman and Harold Menear; and a daughter-in-law, Patricia Fawcett Newhouse; brothers-in-law, Wilbur, William and Joseph Newhouse; and her mother-in-law, Mary Newhouse. She was the last remaining member of her immediate family.

Jeanne was a graduate of Grafton High School at Central High in 1936, and attended Fairmont State College. Jeanne was a homemaker, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She previously worked in child care for several families; she loved children.

She was a past 4-H leader, a member of the GHS All Sports Mothers, and the Taylor County Senior Center, where she attended regularly until the age of 91 when all the steps became a chore. She was Valentine Queen at the Taylor County Senior Center in 1998, and enjoyed playing cards and bingo with friends there. She enjoyed the Senior Center trips in the past and especially liked going to the Buckwheat Festival each year.

In years past she enjoyed traveling to Cool Springs with her late brother-in-law, William “Ciggie” Newhouse and his wife Delores of Rivesville. She had two very close friends, the late Nellie Grow, and Nellie Duvall, who resides in Grafton. She enjoyed attending the GHS football games and watching her granddaughter Mindy perform as a majorette.

Jeanne was affiliated with the First Baptist Church of Grafton and as a child sang at the Scotch Hill Church in Fellowsville, where her grandparents, great-grandparents, and their descendants, including the Larews and Menears lay to rest. She was able to attend the Scotch Hill Church Hog Roast at age 90. She enjoyed eating out and loved babysitting her granddaughter Mindy.

Jeanne loved animals of all kinds, but had a special place in her heart for cats. She loved watching the groundhogs and deer in her yard. She loved music, and played the organ, piano, and guitar, and liked to sing. She would always sing her favorite song, “You are my Sunshine” to her granddaughter. She also enjoyed painting and sculpting.

Her daughter Linda hosted a 90th birthday party for Jeanne at Westchester Village in Fairmont, where a video was taken and is available for viewing. When Linda visited her every day she always parted by saying “see ya later alligator,” and Jeanne would say “after while crocodile.”

Friends will be received from 2-3 p.m. Saturday at the Bluemont Cemetery Chapel, where Mrs. Newhouse will be viewed. Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. with Pastor Howard Swick officiating. Interment will be at Bluemont Cemetery.

A dinner will be hosted by the members of First Baptist Church of Grafton following the funeral service; everyone is welcome to attend.

In lieu of flowers please make donations in Jeanne’s name to the animal charity of your choice or personally see that any animal or animals are well cared for.

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