Dorothy McLaughlin Hess, 78, a resident of Elkins, departed this life Tuesday morning, July 16, 2013, quietly in her sleep at her home. She had been in declining health.
She was born Oct. 8, 1934 at Marlinton, a daughter of the late Lonnie Preston McLaughlin, Sr. and Stella Grace Kelley McLaughlin. On Aug. 16, 1973, she was married to Ralph Charles Hess Jr., who preceded her in death Feb. 18, 2007.
Surviving are: one stepson, Ralph Charles Hess, III and wife, Nikkie, of Ashland, Ky.; one stepdaughter, Melanie Lynn Hess, of Elkins; two brothers, Pete McLaughlin and wife, Fran of Marlinton and Lyle McLaughlin of Eastern Shore, Md.; five grandchildren, Jennifer, Chip, Nikki, Joseph and Ashley; and three great-grandchildren, Otis, Lola and Adison; one nephew, Dexter McLaughlin of Baltimore, Md.; and three nieces, Kimberly, Julie and Sheryl McLaughlin, all of Baltimore, Md.
She was a graduate of Marlinton High School. She worked alongside her husband Ralph at the Hess Oil Company on the Parsons Road, serving in various positions. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church and belonged to the Women's Club of the church. She loved her cats.
Dorothy's request for cremation was honored. A private graveside service will be held. The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Randolph County Humane Society, P. O. Box 785, Elkins, W.V. 26241 or to the Mountain State Forest Festival, P. O. Box 388, Elkins, W.V. 26241.
The Lohr & Barb Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Dorthy McLaughlin Hess. Condolences may be expressed to the family at; www.lohrbarbfuneralhome.com.