Obituaries — 9/9/12

Published 12:06 am Sunday, September 9, 2012

Dorothy Malone

Dorothy E. Lawless Malone, 90 years young, of Ironton, passed away on Sept. 6, 2012, at Community Hospice Care Center in Ashland, Ky., following a brief illness. She was born Feb. 8, 1922, was a lifetime resident of the Ironton area, graduated from St. Joseph High School and attended St. Joseph Catholic Church.

Dorothy was a homemaker for her two children and husband, a caretaker of her aging grandmother, mother and father, and a produce manager at Tipton’s Grocery.

She played a large role in the upbringing of her grandchildren, who were fortunate to live next-door and have never known a world without Mawmaw. Over the years, Dorothy had many hobbies and activities that she enjoyed. She was an avid fan of several different sports on television (although ice skating was always her favorite). In her younger years she enjoyed playing the organ, canasta and bingo. Dorothy had a zest for life and a deep love for her family. Her most favorite activity was being surrounded by friends and family at her home.

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She was the matriarch, she was Mawmaw, Aunt Dot and Dorothy. It didn’t matter if a person was a family member because, when you were at her home, she treated you like family. When someone once asked her how she always managed to smile so much, she replied, “One day I will be a memory and I want it to be a good one.” She will be greatly missed by family, friends and all whose lives she touched.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Ella Lawless; husband, Harry Malone, Jr.; two sisters, Avanelle Lawless Morris (Sherman) and Ruth Lawless Craiger (Jess); and one brother, Paul Lawless (Gladys).

Dorothy is survived by a son, William Malone (Janette Rayburn Malone); daughter, Sherri Malone; “other daughter,” Lu Buchanan; a sister, Mary Ellen Lawless Rosebury (Charles); grandchildren, Amber Malone Perry and Patrick Malone. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews, two in particular, Debbie Morris Joyce (Kelly) and Joe Morris (Brenda), who treated her as a second mother.

Visitation will be immediately prior to the funeral 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday at O’Keefe Baker Funeral Home. The funeral will be noon Tuesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Father David Huffman officiating. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery. Memorials may be given to St. Joseph Catholic Church in Ironton or Community Hospice in Ashland, Ky.

The family of Dorothy Malone wishes to thank Dr. Bryan Saltz, the staff of the Community Hospice Care Center, and Dr. Lisa Barker for the care and compassion shown to Dorothy and to all those who loved her.


 Ruby Lowe

Ruby Dillow Adkins Lowe, 88, of Flatwoods, Ky., died Friday, Sept. 7, 2012, at her home. Graveside service will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at Bellefonte Memorial Gardens in Flatwoods, conducted by the Rev. Jack Edwards. Arrangements are under the direction of Carman Funeral Home. Online condolences may be let for the family at


 Amanda Bowling

Amanda Sue Gamble Bowling, 31, of Argillite, Ky., died Friday, Sept. 7, 2012, at King’s Daughters Medical Center. Funeral will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Evans Funeral Home in Raceland with the Rev. Roger Daniels officiating. Burial will follow in Nelson-Gamble Cemetery. Visitation is 6-9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.


Mary Stapleton

Mary Stapleton, 75, of Ironton, passed away Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, at her residence. The Scioto County native was born Aug. 6, 1937, the daughter of the late Albert and Susie Clara Wheeler Robinson. She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Paul Edward Stapleton of Ironton.

Mrs. Stapleton attended Green High School. She was a homemaker and a member of the Ohio Furnace Missionary Baptist Church.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Carolyn Sue Stapleton; and four brothers, Estel Robinson, Charles Robinson, Phillip Robinson and Paul David Robinson.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by five sons and three daughters-in-law, Rick Stapleton, Dannie and Lela Stapleton, Michael and Terri Stapleton, Roy Dale Stapleton and Joseph and Kathy Stapleton, all of Ironton; 15 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Monday at Tracy Brammer-Monroe Funeral Home with Pastor Gary Arthurs officiating. Burial will follow in Buckeye Cemetery. Visitation will be 4-6 p.m. today at the funeral home. To offer condolences to the family, please visit


 Betty Comer

Betty Louise Comer, 83, of Ironton, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012, at a local health care center. The Boyd County, Ky., native was born Aug. 15, 1929, the daughter of the late Earl and Goldy Crance Hardy. She was also preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Jack Curtis Comer, who passed away July 11, 2012.

Mrs. Comer attended Boyd County, Ky., schools, was a homemaker and a member of the Campbell Drive Freewill Baptist Church. She enjoyed country dancing and playing bingo.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Jack Comer Jr.; a daughter, Beaulah “Boots” Comer; two brothers, George Hardy and his wife, Ida Mae Hardy and Rufus Hardy; and a sister, Mattie Parker and her husband, Okie Parker.

She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, John Thornton Comer and his wife Carolyn of Burton, Texas; a brother-in-law, Don Comer and his wife Wanda of Coal Grove; and five grandchildren, Scott Comer, Chris Comer, Curtis Comer, Jack Ross Comer, and Elisha Comer.

Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Monday at Phillips Funeral Home with the Rev. Don Comer officiating. Burial will follow in Sugar Creek Cemetery. Visitation will be 4-6 p.m. today at the funeral home. To offer condolences to the family, please visit