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Renna Jane (Thayer) Bess Shaver

March 22, 1931 ~ December 4, 2023 (age 92) 92 Years Old

Renna Bess Shaver Obituary

Renna Jane (Thayer) Bess Shaver

     Keyser, WV – Renna Jane (Thayer) Bess Shaver, 92, of Keyser, passed away on Monday, December 4, 2023 at Keyser Healthcare Center.

      Born on March 22, 1931 in Keyser, she was the daughter late Daniel Rennick Thayer and Charlotte E. “Lottie” (Wakefield) Thayer. She is also preceded in death by her husband, Gerald Leroy Shaver on May 30, 2008; her son, Robert William Bess, III and two sisters, Charlotte Davis and Colleen Sturms; and Robert William Bess, Jr. She is the last surviving member of her immediate family.

     Renna graduated from Keyser High School and West Virginia University. She was a dedicated homemaker and loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. She attended the Grace United Methodist Church in Keyser and will be dearly missed by all who knew her. 

     Left to cherish Renna’s memory are her children, Renna Bess Kimmel and husband Robert “Bob” of Swanton, MD, James B. Bess and companion Rhonda of Burlington, WV, Dr. Charles D. Bess and wife Melissa of New Creek, WV and Margaret Linn “Meg” Roberts and husband Tom of New Martinsville, WV; her step sons, Lawrence “Larry” Shaver of Keyser and Dr. Thomas Shaver and wife Chi of Hawaii; and her grandchildren, Amanda Whitmore and husband Joseph “Joe”, Ariana S. Grieu husband Danny, Ashley Russell and husband Justin, James R. Bess and companion Casey, Jeremy S. Bess, Zackery T. Bess-Lima and wife Reed, Tyler A. Bess-Lima and fiancée Erica, Halea D. Bristow and husband Steven, Rennick Bess and Alexa V. Bess. She is also survived by her great-grandchildren, Mia, Zoe, Jensen, Arie, Lilah and Barrett.

     If desired, memorial contributions may be made in memory of Renna Jane Bess Shaver to Mineral County Historical Foundation, P.O. Box 1325, Keyser, WV 26726.

     Friends will be received at the Markwood Funeral Home on Friday, December 8, 2023 from 6:00-8:00pm. Funeral services will be held at the funeral home on Saturday, December 9, 2023 at 11:00am with Reverend Lauren A. Godwin officiating. Visitation held one hour prior to funeral services. Interment will follow the services in Oakland Cemetery, Oakland, MD.

     The Family would like to extend a heartfelt Thank you to their mother’s Caregivers, Jessie Rohbaugh, Nancy Rinker and Mabel Miller; and to the Keyser Healthcare Center Administration, Staff, Nurses and Doctors for the wonderful care, kindness and compassion showed to our mother and family during her time with them.

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December 8, 2023

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Markwood Funeral Home
111 S. Mineral Street
Keyser, WV 26726

Funeral Service
December 9, 2023

11:00 AM
Markwood Funeral Home
111 S. Mineral Street
Keyser, WV 26726

Interment following service
December 9, 2023

Oakland Cemetery
Fourth Street
Oakland, MD 21550


Mineral County Historical Foundation
P.O. Box 1325, Keyser, WV 26726, AL


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