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Okareta Stemple

June 9, 1926 ~ May 29, 2017 (age 90)
Okareta Stemple, 90, of Kingwood, WV, formerly of Terra Alta, died Monday, May 29, 2017 at Preston Memorial Hospital in Kingwood.

The daughter of the late Thomas Franklin Friend and Florence Pearl Knotts, she was born June 9, 1926, in Tucker County, WV.

Rita was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend to many in Kingwood and the Terra Alta community. She was active in the Terra Alta First United Methodist Church and contributed to PTA, band boosters, and 4-H throughout her children's lives. She was also known as a great seamstress and especially, a quilt maker. She sewed many gowns for Buckwheat Festival princesses and flower girls. After moving to Kingwood, she became an active member of Kingwood Civic Club and created several special quilts for their annual Festival fundraiser to support the Club's Scholarship Fund. In recent years, she was a resident of Pine Ridge, formerly called Heartland, where she made even more friends.

Rita was preceded in death by her husband Howard W. Stemple, and by her first husband Clifford Lee Hardesty, Sr; and by four brothers: Ralph, Earl, Argle, and Willard Friend. She was the last living member of her immediate family.

She is survived by two sons: Cliff Hardesty Jr., and wife Christine St. Andre of Park City, UT; Roger Hardesty and wife Susan Hardesty of Kingwood, WV; two daughters: Pamela O'Sullivan and husband Thomas O'Sullivan of Kinsale, Ireland; and Lisa McGinness and husband Richard McGinness of Hague, VA; four grandchildren: Ryan Hardesty and Greg Cress of Morgantown, WV; Evan Hardesty and Erica of Reedsville, WV; Emily and Erin McGinness of Hague, VA; and twin great-grand-children, Maeve and Nolan Hardesty of Reedsville, WV.

Friends will be received on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at the Rotruck-Lobb Kingwood Chapel, 295 South Price Street, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon the time of the service with Rev. Michael Argabrite officiating. Interment will be in the Terra Alta Cemetery.
The family would like to thank Dr. Mike Schwarzenberg, Pine Ridge, and Preston Memorial Hospital for their loving care and support.
Memorial donations may be made in her memory to Preston Memorial Hospital, 150 Memorial Drive, Kingwood, WV 26537.

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Cemetery Details

Terra Alta Cemetery
Rt. 7
Terra Alta, WV, 26764


MAY 31. 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Rotruck-Lobb Funeral Homes - Kingwood Chapel

295 South Price Street

Kingwood, WV, US, 26537


MAY 31. 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM

Rotruck-Lobb Funeral Homes - Kingwood Chapel

295 South Price Street

Kingwood, WV, US, 26537

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