Their Stories


Jill Hartshorn’s Story told by Jill’s husband Mark Hartshorn

Jill Michelle Hartshorn, 46, of Marietta passed away September 15, 2021 at Marietta Memorial Hospital.  She was born July 29, 1975 in Parkersburg to Barry and Linda Ingham.  She graduated from Parkersburg High School in 1993 and from Washington State Community College as a Registered Nurse, in 2006.  She spent 6 years working as a funeral director and embalmer at Cristo Rey Funeral Home in Pasadena, TX.  She also worked as a secretary at Leavitt Funeral Home in Parkersburg.  After graduating from nursing school, she worked at St. Joseph Hospital in Parkersburg and later, Marietta Memorial Hospital in both the Cardiac Cath Lab and PICU.

She married Mark D. Hartshorn on February 7, 2009 who survives along with her son, Matthew Martinez and his fiancé, Jessie Williamson of Parkersburg, West Virginia.  Jill is also survived by her parents, Barry and Linda Ingham of Parkersburg, WV; father and mother-in-law Doug and Judie Hartshorn of Newport, OH; her brothers Brad Ingham of Parkersburg, WV, Charlie Joy (Loretta) of Rockport, WV, Cam Joy of South Carolina, and Robert Edwards, Jr. of Tampa, Florida; sisters Victoria Edwards of Zephyrhills, Florida, Brenda Fury of Marietta, Elaine Curtis of New Matamoras, Ohio, and Cindy Scott-Shannon of Elizabeth, WV; uncles Lewis King of Parkersburg, WV, Steve King (Pat) of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, Byron Day of Parkersburg, WV, and Jim Ingham of Vancouver Island, BC, Canada; aunts Bonnie Perry (Jack) of Milton, WV, and Phala Sigmon of Hurricane, WV, and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents George and Imogene King, William and Betty Ingham, biological mother, Joan “Jill” Scott and her biological father Robert Edwards, Sr., as well as a sister, Bonnie Brunner.

Jill attended Freedom Gate Church, in Reno, Ohio, and loved making desserts for the weekly bible studies and other functions.  She was an extremely selfless person and always put others before herself.  She loved God, her church family, and her entire extended family.  Her joyful and exuberant personality was on full display, at all times, and she brought joy to everyone who met her.  She will be sadly missed by all.

Memorial services will be Monday 2PM at the Freedom Gate Church, 104 Tennis Center Drive Marietta, OH 45750.  A time of gathering for family and friends will be one hour prior to services.  In following Jill’s wishes, she will be cremated.

Special thanks to Pastor Rodney Lord who stayed with the family throughout her last days, and to Victoria Williams who was by Jill’s side, as she passed.  The family would also like to thank Jill’s church family at Freedom Gate Church as well as the staff at Marietta Memorial Hospital who cared for her during her last days.

Joyce Creel’s Story told by Crystal (Creel) Carte – daughter, Nora (Creel) Kyer – daughter, Anna Kestner – granddaughter, Zaneah Vannoy – granddaughter

Joyce Ann (Hunt) Creel, 77, of Cottageville, WV, passed away September 16, 2021 at Holzer Medical Center, Gallipolis, OH, following a brief illness.

She was born February 26, 1944 in Cottageville, WV a daughter of the late Robert Eugene and Ruby Lea (Roush) Hunt. Her husband, Donald R. Creel; brother, Robert Eugene Hunt; grandson, Dustin Ray Klaseen also preceded her in death.

She was a graduate of Ripley High School. She was a homemaker and a former employee of the Cottageville Public Service District. She was a member of the Jackson County Democratic Executive Committee, Democrat Women, AFL-CIO, S.O.A.R. She was a Christian by faith and enjoyed crafts, antiques, gardening, nature and traveling. She was a former Girl Scout/Brownie Leader.

Survivors include her son, Charles (Kelli) Creel of Enterprise, AL; daughters, Crystal E. (David) Carte of Parkersburg, Nora L. Kyer of Cottageville and Kimberly D. Creel of Ripley; best friend for over 50 years, Molly Brown; nine grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

The Board Family Story
Linda, Richard, and Eric Board

Isaac Martin’s Story told by Isaac’s wife Cinda Martin

Isaac Martin, 51, of Parkersburg passed away November 12, 2021 at Marietta Memorial Hospital. He was born May 5, 1970, a son to the late Isaac Martin Jr and Earlene Louise (Sauley) Martin.

Isaac loved his family dearly, and enjoyed cooking and cooking shows. He also loved to travel, attending auctions, riding go-karts, dirt track racing, and NASCAR. He was an avid football fan, always cheering for the Oakland Raiders and OSU. Most importantly, Isaac was a follower of Jesus Christ and was baptized this past July in a testament of his faith.

Isaac is survived by his wife Cindy Martin; sons Michael Martin and Levi Jarvis; sisters Izetta and Sherry; 4 grandchildren; several step-grandchildren, and several step-grandchildren.

A funeral service for Isaac will be held at Leavitt Funeral Home in Parkersburg on Sunday, November 28th at 5:00 pm. Visitation will be from 3:00-5:00 pm

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