Jennie S. Waugh, of Ravenswood, WV died on Saturday, July 27, 2019, at Ravenswood Village.
Jennie was born in Chesapeake, OH, daughter of the late Keith Suiter and Sarah Ella Mundy Suiter.
n addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Jack A. Waugh, her son Jeffrey Jay Waugh, her brother William Suiter, her sister Betty Keith Stiverson, her stepmother Lola Mae Suiter, and her aunt Thelma Black.
After receiving a nursing diploma from Holzer Hospital School of Nursing, Jennie remained at Holzer and taught Nursing Arts for twelve years. She then worked at Pleasant Valley Hospital in Point Pleasant, WV as Assistant Director of Nursing until the time she went with her husband and three children to Ghana, Africa and Germany for seven years while he was employed by Kaiser Aluminum. Upon returning to the states, Jennie worked at Jackson General Hospital, Ripley, WV, where she served as Director of Nursing for 22 years. After retiring from Jackson General Hospital, Jennie worked at Eldercare of West Virginia as a Social Worker which she enjoyed immensely. She had many volunteer activities in which she worked including Chairman of the Committee for Community Development in conjunction with the Jackson County Community Foundation.
In addition to her nursing diploma, Jennie also earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from West Virginia State University and Masters Degree in Counseling and Guidance from WV College of
Graduate Studies. She was a master-level social worker, a Licensed Professional Counselor, and a Certified Diplomat of the American Psychotherapy Association.
Among her professional memberships were the following: WV Counseling Association, American Nurses Association, The American Counseling Association, WV Nurses Association, the American Mental Health Association, and the National Association of Social Workers.
During her career, she received many honors. She was named WV Counseling’s Associations “Administrator of the Year” in 1992. She was a past member of the WV Board of Examiners for LPNs (appointed by then Governor Jay Rockefeller, reappointed by Governor Gaston Caperton) where she served twelve years. She served four times as the WV delegate to the National Council of State Boards of Nursing. In 1996, she received the Boy Scouts of America Council Distinguished Community Service Award. Among her volunteer activities, she served as the WV State Mental Health lead person for the National American Red Cross and she worked on many disasters in West Virginia and many other states. She was a member of the Pilot Club of Jackson County where she served as District Youth Chairman. She was a 50 year member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Chapter #283 in Gallipolis, OH where she was past matron. She was also a Commissioner for the Jackson County Housing Authority. She was a life-time member of the Gallia County Historical & Genealogical Society.
She is survived by her two children, daughter Jeri Lynn Rector (Tim) of Ravenswood, WV, and son John Andrew Waugh (Debi) of Charleston, WV.
Also, among her survivors are her beloved grandchildren, Brett Rector (Cassie) of Charleston, WV, Emily Rector of Charleston, WV, Johnna Waugh of Fort Meyers, FL, and Drew Galland (Melody) of Morgantown, WV. She is also survived by great-grandchild Bryce Rector of Charleston, WV, and niece Keith Ann Stiverson of Chicago, Illinois.
A Memorial Service will be held at Noon Saturday August 3, 2019 at Roush Funeral Home in Ravenswood, WV with Pastor Chris Skeens officiating. Visitation will begin one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in Mound Hill Cemetery, Gallipolis, Ohio. Arrangements are being made by Waugh-Halley- Wood Funeral Home of Gallipolis, OH.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to: American Red Cross, Parkersburg, WV office at 220 8th St. Parkersburg, WV 26101.
An online guest registry is available at waugh-halley-wood.com