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Marie B. Felton

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Marie B. Felton

It is with profound sadness that the family of Marie Bishoff Felton announces her passing on Friday, October 31, 2014. Marie bravely fought to the end with grace, wit and determination, and also devotion to her family. She has rejoined her beloved husband, Dr. Harold W. “Bill” Felton, who preceded her in death in 2002. 

Marie was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. C.B. Bishoff of Manheim W.Va. She graduated from Rowlesburg High School and attended Davis and Elkins College. She and Bill were married on October, 13 1947, and ultimately moved to Deltaville where Bill began his medical practice in June of 1956. In 1961, they settled at Bilmar on the Rappahannock River, which remains the family home.

Marie managed the business side of her husband’s practice throughout his career. Quick to acknowledge the role Marie played in his success, Bill noted in an interview in the early 1990s, “I’ve been living with a lovely, supportive lady for 40 some years. If she isn’t happy, the doctor isn’t happy. She’s what makes sure the doctor keeps going.”

In addition to managing the business side of his medical practice, Marie was active in numerous civic organizations throughout Middlesex and the surrounding counties including the Middlesex County Volunteer Rescue Squad, the RGH Medical Auxiliary, and the Deltaville Maritime Museum, just to name a few. Marie was devoted to her church, Clarksbury United Methodist. She served the church as a trustee and actively supported its Soup Ministry and Food Pantry outreach programs. 

Marie is survived by her sons and their wives, Greg and Rebecca Felton of Glen Allen, and Phillip and Susan Felton of Mechanicsville. She is also survived by her cherished granddaughters, Kyra Lynn and Kess Marie. Later in life, she gained two more special family members whom she also counted as grandchildren, Michael and Katy McCormack. Her sister, Mildred Bishoff Woods of Bridgeport, W.Va., also survives as do Elizabeth Felton and Connie Guandique of Marydel, Del. In addition, Marie is survived by numerous nieces and nephews. 

The family gives special thanks to Mr. and Mrs. George Robertson for their devoted care and assistance over the past year. In addition, the family thanks the caregivers who enabled Marie to stay at home throughout her illness and who helped our family in countless ways in these last weeks. Jessica, Brenda, Dianna, Ashley and Regina made such a difference to Marie and to the entire family. To all of Marie’s friends who sent cards, visited or called, thank you from the bottom of our hearts. 

The family will receive visitors on Sunday November 2, at Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home in Saluda from 3-5 p.m. On Monday, November 3, we will have a service celebrating Marie’s life at 1 p.m. at Clarksbury United Methodist Church in Deltaville. She will be laid to rest next to Bill in the church cemetery following the service. 

While Marie loved flowers, her wish is that memorial donations be made instead to the Middlesex County Volunteer Rescue Squad, the Lower Middlesex Volunteer Fire Department, or to Clarksbury United Methodist Church.

posted 11.03.2014

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