Mrs. Eloise Lee Teter, 87, a resident of Elkins, departed this life Thursday morning, June 26, 2014, at her home. Mrs. Teter had been in declining health for some time, and her passing was expected.
She was born Sept. 30, 1926, in Elkins, as the first child to her parents, the late Denzel Lee Bonnell and Helen M. (Wees) Bonnell Yeager.
Eloise is survived by her husband, Ralston J. Teter, whom she married May 22, 1949; the couple's three children, Mrs. Juanita C. Hickman and her husband, the Rev. Dr. J. Gregg Hickman, of Cape Coral, Fla., John R. Teter and his wife, Debra, of Nixon Chapel, Ala., and Kenneth R. Teter and his wife, Amanda, of Elkins. She also is survived by nine grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Also surviving are one sister, Mrs. Juanita Crosten of Mill Creek; and one nephew.
Mrs. Teter was very active in church and community activities, having been a member of First Baptist Church of Elkins for many years. She served in various positions within First Baptist Church, was elected as president of the American Baptist Women of West Virginia (ABC) and later was selected to hold the office of chairperson of literature on the National Board of the American Baptist Churches (USA). In recent years, Mrs. Teter was active in Otterbein United Methodist Church, serving as Sunday school president and kitchen coordinator. Active in community activities, Mrs. Teter was honored with a life-time Parent Teacher Association membership in recognition of her support of Third Ward School. She also served for 30 years in the Queen's Department of the Mountain State Forest Festival as chairperson of decorations for the Queen's Reception at Halliehurst Mansion. Additionally, Mrs. Teter was active in the Order of the Eastern Star, served as Mother Advisor for the Order of Rainbow Girls, was active in the Lady Templars, served as a Girl Scout leader for 12 years and was a past president of the Emma Scott Garden Club. Until recently, Mrs. Teter was active with the Cancer Support Group of Randolph County, College Aide of Davis & Elkins College, the Women's Club of Elkins and served as an Election Poll Precinct
Friends may call from 2-5 p.m. Sunday, June 29, at Tomblyn Funeral Home in Elkins. A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday from the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Leon Hevener, the Rev. James Murphy and the Rev. Dr. J. Gregg Hickman officiating. Interment will follow in Elkins Memorial Gardens.
Tomblyn Funeral Home of Elkins is in charge of the arrangements for Mrs. Eloise Lee Teter. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.tomblynfuneralhome.com.