Martha Olive Bayles Kochenderfer, 104, a resident of Parsons, departed this life Tuesday afternoon, May 6, 2014, in Cortland Acres at Thomas.
She was born Thursday, Oct. 21, 1909, at Morgantown, a daughter of the late Ellery Paul and Agnes Christina Toomy Bayles.
On June 18, 1931 at Morgantown, she was married to Miles Craig Kochenderfer Sr., who preceded her in death Nov. 29, 1982.
Surviving are two sons, James Nallen Kochenderfer and wife, Hilda, of Blackman Flats and Miles Craig Kochenderfer Jr. of Rupert; two daughters, Margaret Anne Terranto of Downingtown, Pa., and Christina Marie Minard of Raleigh, N.C.; 10 grandchildren, John, Jennifer, James, Mark, Jeff, Martha Lynn, Rebecca, Anne, John "Jack;" and Michael; and 13 great-grandchildren.
She is the last surviving member of her immediate family having been preceded in death by two brothers, William and Robert Bayles; three sisters, Mary Bayles, Frances Singleton and Florence Bayles; one grandson, Patrick Craig Flanagan; one son-in-law, Leonard Terranto; and one daughter-in-law, Kathy Kochenderfer.
She was a graduate of St. Frances Catholic School and a graduate of West Virginia University in June of 1930 with a degree in education. She began her teaching career at Grantsville, where she also coached girls basketball and later taught at Parsons High School. She also worked for the West Virginia Department of Child Welfare until her retirement in 1972. She was a member of Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church of Parsons. Martha liked the outdoors, especially swimming in the Dry Fork River while she lived at Hendricks.
The family will receive friends at Lohr & Barb Funeral Home Friday from 6-8 p.m. A rosary will be recited Friday at 7 p.m. by the Rev. Father Timothy Grassi. On Saturday, May 10, Mrs. Kochenderfer will be moved to Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church at Parsons, where the Liturgy of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. The Rev. Father Timothy J. Grassi will be the presider, and interment will follow in Bethel Cemetery at Holly Meadows.
The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to: Catholic Youth Mission, P.O. Box 300, Thomas, WV 26292 or Five Rivers Library, 301 Walnut St., Parsons, WV 26287. Lohr & Barb Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Martha Olive Bayles Kochenderfer. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.lohrbarbfuneralhome.com.