Fern Hook

Fern Hook


Fern Hook, 85, of Paw Paw, West Virginia departed this life on Monday, April 15, 2024 surrounded by her family at her home.

She was born July 28, 1938 at Bethel (Hampshire County) and was the daughter of the late Deskin Woodrow Abe, Sr. and Alma Opal Kidwell Abe.

In her younger years, she worked in the apple orchards in Levels, W.Va. She was a homemaker and devoted mother. Mrs. Hook enjoyed farming, nature walks in the woods, gardening, crocheting, flowers, birds, the piano, painting, Scrabble, playing cards and most of all having her grandchildren and other family members around her.

She was a member of the Woodrow Union Church.

On December 1, 1958, she married Donald Hook, who survives. They were the third generation to be married on that date.

Also surviving are four daughters: Teresa Gross of Oakland, Md., Penny Moreland (Junior) of Paw Paw, Nellie Leach of Great Cacapon, W.Va., and Kimberley Hook of Paw Paw; two sisters: Phyllis Judy (Terry) of Harrisonburg, Va., and JoAnn Wade (Doug) of Cumberland, Md.; three brothers: Dennis Abe (Linda) of Slanesville, W.Va., Wallace Abe (Jane) of Slanesville, and Keith Abe (Nancy) of Slanesville; eight grandchildren: Kenneth Shambaugh of Paw Paw, Joshua Moreland (Alba) of Cross Junction, Va., Ashley Moreland (Matt Riggleman) of Paw Paw, Kyle Shambaugh (Erin) of Cumberland, Md., Laura Houle (Micheal) of Berkeley Springs, W.Va., Rebecca Leach-Crites (Nick) of Chambersburg, Pa., Hannah Dunn (Kevin) of Martinsburg, W.Va., and Nathan Gross (Abbie Sanner) of Salisbury, Pa.; fourteen great-grandchildren: Jared Gutierrez, Haydn Moreland, Jacob Keener, Jeffren Gutierrez, Gage Shambaugh, Haylee Riggleman, Annie Shambaugh, Gracie Shambaugh, Jayden Gutierrez, Garrett Riggleman, Addie Sanner, Mattison Riggleman, Lydia Gross and Brooklyn Riggleman; many nieces and nephews who loved her dearly and a grand pup, Oliver, who snuggled next to her on the couch while she watched her birds and drank her coffee in the morning.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Sue Mae; one brother, Deskin Abe, Jr., and a son-in-law, David Leach.

The family received friends and a funeral service was held on Thursday, April 18 at Woodrow Union Church with Pastor Ken Burkhart and Pastor Nathan Travis officiating.

Interment was at Woodrow Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Little Cacapon Primitive Baptist Church, c/o Walter Long; Hospice of the Panhandle or Woodrow Union Church.

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Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Kimble Funeral Home in Paw Paw, West Virginia.