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Matie R. Hedrick

Matie (Rymer) Hedrick, age 78, of Circleville, W.Va., passed away Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, at Rockingham Memorial Hospital in Harrisonburg, Va. She was born in Cherry Grove, W.Va., on Nov. 30, 1934, a daughter of the late Virgil Harper Rymer (Oct. 19, 1978) and Hazel Beatrice (Ferrbee) Rymer (Oct. 13, 2000). She was twice married and preceded in death by Harlan Puffenbarger and Earl Hedrick.

Matie attended Circleville schools, was a Methodist by faith, and was a homemaker. She had worked for 20 years for Marvel and Wampler Poultry.

Matie is survived by four daughters, Sharon Rose Atkins and husband, Jimmy, of Brandywine, W.Va., Brenda Kay Pitsenbarger of Harrisonburg, Robin Lou Shanholtz and husband, Tom, of Brandywine, and Sheila Rae Huffman and husband, Barry, of Brandywine; a son, Randolph “Junior” Wayne Pitsenbarger and wife, Eunice, of Briery Branch, Va.; two sisters, Marie Rexrode of Circleville and Pauline J. Arbaugh and husband, Larry, of Circleville; 10 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren; special caregivers, Dwight Arbaugh, Jason Arbaugh, Linda Arbaugh and Rose Simmons; and a special friend, Irene Bond. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Emma Lee Barkley.

The family will receive friends Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013, 6 to 8 p.m. at the Basagic Funeral Home, Franklin, W.Va.

The Rev. Stanley Kile will officiate the funeral service Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, at 2 p.m. in the funeral home chapel. Interment will be at North Fork Memorial Cemetery, Riverton, W.Va.

Memorials may be made to Home Health Care in Franklin or Petersburg.

Memories and words of comfort may be left at www.basagic.com .

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