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Dortha Jean (Grimm) Fraley

December 21, 1936 ~ October 29, 2018 (age 81)

Dortha Jean (Grimm) Fraley, 81, of Kingwood, WV, died on Monday, October 29, 2018, at Preston Memorial Hospital. She was born December 21, 1936, in Terra Alta, a daughter of the late Elmer Claude and Hallie Marie (Summerfield) Grimm Sr. In 1956, Jean and her husband, Clarence, opened and co-owned for 62 years, Fraley Motors in Kingwood, where she worked as the Secretary/Bookkeeper for 52 years. She was a former member of the Kingwood Baptist Church where she played piano and organ and was currently a member of the First United Methodist Church in Terra Alta. Jean enjoyed her time with her family, especially spoiling her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Clarence William Fraley; one son and spouse, David R. and Loretta Fraley of Kingwood; one brother and spouse, Elmer C. and Mary Ann Grimm Jr. of Terra Alta; two sisters, Louise Messenger of Oakland, MD, Phyllis Martin of Morgantown; two grandchildren, David Fraley of Independence, Craig and Rose Fraley of North Huntingdon, PA; two great-grandchildren, Kaitlyn and Todd Fraley. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother-in-law, Max Messenger. Friends will be received at the Rotruck-Lobb Kingwood Chapel, 295 South Price Street; on Thursday, November 1, 2018, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.; on Friday, November 2, 2018, from 1:00 p.m. until the time of the funeral service at 2:00 p.m. in the funeral home chapel with Reverend Joe Lamm officiating. Interment will follow at the Terra Alta Cemetery. The family requests that any donations be made in Jean’s memory to the Preston County Humane Society at P.O. Box 395, Kingwood, WV 26537. Personal condolences may be offered to the family online at

Donations may be made to:

Preston County Humane Society
P.O. Box 395, Kingwood WV 26537

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