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January 9, 2020

Carol Jean Hess

Carol Jean Hess, 81, of Bedford, formerly of Roaring Spring and New Enterprise, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019, at Donahoe Manor, Bedford, following an extended illness.

A Celebration Of Life service was held Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, at the Trinity United Methodist Church, Roaring Spring. Doug Mingle officiated.

Carol was born April 5, 1938, in New Enterprise, daughter of the late Charles A. and V. Romaine (Replogle) Baker.

She married the love of her life, R. Merl Hess, July 25, 1957, in Winchester, Va. He preceded her in death Dec. 11, 1998.

Surviving are four daughters: Debra M. Holland (Barney) of Bedford, Michelle L. Krider of Roaring Spring, Beth A. Dellinger (Allan) of Martinsburg and Pamela S. Hess of Claysburg; 10 grandchildren: Jennifer D. Cherry, Brandy L. Locke, Ryan J. Patterson, Crystal L. Wilson, Jeffery J. Patterson, Amanda L. Gonsman, Benjamin A. Krider, Keith D. Dellinger, Nicole L. Barlow and Collin A. Hess; three step-grandchildren: Shanda P. Novak, Stacey R. Heikkila and Darrin W. Wilson; 19 great-grandchildren; two brothers: C. William (Rita) of New Enterprise and Robert E. (Ann) of York; and four sisters: Donna M. Myers (Glen) of Bedford, Betty L. Baker of New Enterprise, Belva L. Slagenweit (Paul) of Everett and Linda K. Lamb of Michigan.

Carol was a 1956 graduate of Replogle High School, New Enterprise. She graduated with a secretarial degree from the Altoona School of Commerce.

She worked as the office manager for her husband's insurance and investment business for many years. She also was the choir director for several churches in the area, including the Trinity United Methodist Church and the First Church of the Brethren, both of Roaring Spring; and the Memorial Church of the Brethren in Martinsburg. She and her husband sang in the group, Foundation, with Doug and Jo Ellen Mingle for several years, with all proceeds going to raise money for the local Habitat for Humanity organization. She also coordinated the family singing group, The Hess Family, which did concerts for various churches and public events in the 1960s and 70s, and she previously worked as a sales consultant at Furniture Galleries, Roaring Spring, and taught piano lessons to many students over the years.

Carol was a member of the New Enterprise Church of the Brethren, where she helped lead the worship music.

She loved spending time with her family, and she had created beautiful oil paintings that decorated the Donahoe Manor during the past eight years.

Contributions in Carol's memory may be given to Habitat for Humanity, 322 W. Lamar St., Americus, GA 31709-3543.

Arrangements by the Todd T. Thompson Funeral Home Inc.,, Roaring Spring.


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