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Gipsie Louise Oxley Lane, 96, of Athens, died Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at her home in Athens. Born July 15, 1921 in Alpoca, Wyoming County, WV, she was the daughter of the late Robert Oxley and Vida Cook Oxley Bailey. She was happily married to the late Dr. Charles E. Lane, Sr. for 64 years. She is predeceased by all her siblings: Lucille, Harold, Elizabeth, Elbert, Thelma, and Robert.
In only two years, Mrs. Lane earned an emergency teaching certificate from Concord (College) University. Due to the teacher shortage during WWII, she began her teaching career in Mercer County. She taught in several schools, including a one room schoolhouse, where she instructed grades one to eight. During the summers, she joined the Rosie the Riveter Corps. Working in a Pennsylvania defense plant, she tested the firing mechanisms of grenades destined for overseas. Given that the job was considered so dangerous, she performed it alone in a remote bunker. After the war ended, she continued to teach and she spent her summers completing her B.S.Ed. After her second child was born, she left teaching to become a full-time wife and mother.
She accompanied her husband to Fort Meade in Maryland and to Fort Richardson in Alaska during the Korean War. When they returned to West Virginia, they made their home in Athens, in the house on West Broadway where her husband had been raised. She resided there until her death. While living in Athens, she was a member of the Athens Baptist Church and was the Superintendent of the Children's Sunday School for many years. She also belonged to the Monday Night Bridge Club and was the last living member.
Her family was her greatest joy. She was always available for her children. She treated each one as an individual and met their separate needs. She cooked three wonderful meals a day, every day. Often her children's friends would appear, right at dinnertime, and there was always plenty to share. She loved her vegetable garden, and she especially enjoyed picking, stringing, cooking, and canning half-runner green beans. They were on the table spring through fall. Her Chocolate Layer Cake was always a favorite and often requested at gatherings of family and friends. Holiday dinners were amazing events. She always had a positive attitude and good advice, even for adult children. She will be deeply missed.
After her youngest child was in high school, Mrs. Lane went back to work in Dr. Lane's dental office, where she served as full-time Office Manager. She was very successful in that role, and the patients loved her welcoming smile and her kindness. Mrs. Lane is survived by her children and their families. The children are Pam and Don Garner of Richmond, VA, Penny and Dr. Dennis Barbakow of Naples, FL, Pandy and Tom Stegmann of Atlanta, GA, Dr. Charles Lane, Jr. and Gina Saunders of Athens, and Thea and Scott Miller of Staunton, VA. Grandchildren include Jeff Garner of Richmond, Don Garner, Jr. of Burke, VA, Erica Barbakow of Atlanta, Alison Stegmann Turner of Atlanta, Carly Stegmann Hudelson of Savannah, GA, Jessica Lane of Washington, DC and Carolyn Lane Johnson of Roanoke, VA. There are four great-grandchildren. Haven Pacelli, Elizabeth, and Sawyer Garner reside in Richmond and Ellie Johnson is in Roanoke.
The immediate family will hold a private service and distribution of ashes will occur at a future time. Dr. and Mrs. Lane had requested that their ashes be blended together and spread on the family farm in Athens.
In addition to her family, Mrs. Lane was lovingly cared for by Adrienne Webster, Jane Spangler, Dana Nelson, and Pam White in recent years.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Athens Baptist Church, PO Box 728, Athens, WV 24712 or to the charity of your choice.
Seaver Funeral Home in Princeton is serving the Lane family.
Online condolences may be made by visiting www.seaverfuneralservice.com
Published on September 28, 2017
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