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Sally McGavock Harman WerthRural Retreat, Va. Sally McGavock Harman Werth, age 96, died Sunday, December 11, 2016 in Rural Retreat, Va. She was born April 29, 1920 in Dublin, Va. to the late David King Harman and Elizabeth Jackson Larew Harman. She graduated from E.C. Glass High School in Lynchburg, Va. and was a 1940 graduate of Randolph-Macon Women’s College. Mrs. Werth was a member of Royal Oak Presbyterian Church in Marion, Va. and taught at Marion Senior High School for 25 years. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Frederick Morrison Werth; daughter, Martha Lacy Werth Carter; and granddaughter, Sally McGavock Werth. Mrs. Werth is survived by her children, Elizabeth Estep (Robert) of Rural Retreat, Va., and The Reverend Father Frederick Morrison Werth, Jr. of Mars Hill, N.C.; grandchildren, Laura Estep Liseno (Scott) of Huntersville, N.C., Frederick Morrison Werth, III (Diane) of St. Charles, Mo., Geoffrey Werth (Amber) of Franklin, N.C., Elizabeth Carter Oliver (Christopher) of Richmond, Va., Katherine Carter Walters (Curtis) of Roanoke, Va.; her much loved great-grandchildren, David, Jimmy, Joey and Philip Liseno, Frederick, Virginia, and Sally Werth, Christian Williams (Emma), Caitlin Werth, and Lacy and Annabelle Walters. Graveside services and interment will be held Wednesday, December 28, 2016 at 1 p.m. at the New Dublin Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Dublin, Va. with the Reverend Alan Gray officiating. In lieu of flowers the family request memorial donations be made to The Scholarship Fund of Royal Oak Presbyterian Church, 1139 West Main Street, Marion, Va. 24354, phone (276)783-3412 or New Dublin Presbyterian Church, 5331 New Dublin Church Road, Dublin, Va. 24084, phone (540)674-6147. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at www.seaverbrown.com. Seaver-Brown Funeral Service and Crematory is honored to serve the Werth Family.
She was a great teacher, but above all, she was a great person. No matter what the age, it is still hard to lose a parent. May God bless and strengthen you during this time.
Linda (Jones) Lox Jan 18 2017 12:00 AM
I so hate to hear of Mrs. Werth's recent passing. I was a math student of hers at Marion Senior High School and remember her fondly. Each time I would see her out, be it eating at a local restaurant or getting her hair done, she was always smiling and remembered me up until the last time I saw her a few months ago. Some of my best memories and times were while I was in school. Please accept my condolences and I pray that God grant you His peace and comfort during your time of grief.
Tabatha Stevens Seymore Jan 3 2017 12:00 AM
Fred, Wizzie and family, My sympathy in the loss of your mother. Her legacy as a mother, grandmother, teacher and friend will live on.
Teresa Edgerton-Scott Dec 18 2016 12:00 AM
Condolences to the Werth family. Mrs. Werth was one of the finests teachers MSHS had to offer.
Ralph Shupe Dec 17 2016 12:00 AM
What a wonderful legacy Mrs. Werth has left knowing that she taught most of us all we knew about Math! Over the years, I had a few, but immensely valuable, opportunities to visit Mrs.Werth in her beautiful private suite overlooking the serene landscape addition in the family's stately home, I would describe it as a piece of Heaven in Rural Retreat, even the name is descriptive. Peaceful. We talked about everything we could remember. As young inquisitive girls, the slumber parties that must have awakened the entire neighborhood, and hiding outside were just a few memories. Thankfully, Wizzie and the family were gracious to allow us to stay up all night being silly with the Ouija Board and listening to the Beatles. So many secrets we shared, most of which we have forgotten over the years. However, we shall always treasure our private conversations over the years as we visited. Lacy didn't like Math, but I did and Mrs.Werth taught me well and then I shared with Lacy. Lacy was the gifted writer and Lacy helped me. And, we talked about the Presbyterians, I am not sure why. Mrs. Werth said Fred would explain...
Jeri Deel Barnett Dec 16 2016 12:00 AM
I am so sorry for your loss. She was a great teacher and lady. May God Bless you.
Junior Wolfe Dec 16 2016 12:00 AM
It is very sad to hear of the death of one of Marion High School's best teachers. I had Mrs. Werth for three math subjects, and she was one excellent teacher who cared about her students. My condolences to Fred, Elizabeth, and entire family.
Dan Bales Dec 15 2016 12:00 AM
Fred and family, prayers go out to each of you for the loss of Mrs. Werth. She was such a beautiful lady and her love of teaching touched many, many lives. You are so blessed to have been a part of her family and I can only imagine how blessed and loved she felt by you all.
Donna Greenwood Dec 14 2016 12:00 AM
I had the good fortune of knowing Mrs. Werth for many years. She had the misfortune of trying to get Algebra II-Trig through my thick skull. Her dedication and tenacity helped me overcome my aversion to math. Beyond that, her encouragement for me to push myself academically stayed with me. Mrs. Werth was one of a handful of teachers who challenged me with high expectations for the work I was capable of doing, and I'll always be grateful for that gift she gave me.
Philip Thomas Dec 14 2016 12:00 AM
My deepest sympathy to the family of Mrs. Werth. She was an excellent teacher and one of my favorites. She was such a positive influence on all of the students, who were fortunate enough to have her as a teacher at Marion Sr. High School. I will always appreciate her knowledge, her encouragement and her guidance. May she rest in peace.
Donna Pennington Eades Dec 14 2016 12:00 AM