Eleanor Jean Bell Poling, age 90, died on February 9 at The Christian Care Health Center in Bowling
Green, Ky. She lived on Route 250 in Barbour County for 65 years. Her husband of 70 years, John C. Poling, preceded her in death on May 7, 2016.
Jean was born on Becky’s Creek near Huttonsville, WV on March 21, 1926 to John and Reba Rosencrance Bell. She was raised on the family farm with her three sisters and one brother. She graduated from Tygarts Valley High School in 1944. After graduation she enrolled in nursing school at Davis and Elkins College and shortly thereafter met her husband (on a blind date) who had just returned from WWII. They married on February 7, 1946 and lived in Akron, Ohio for the first three years of their marriage and then returned to WV.
While raising their three children Jean worked at the Myers Clinic in Philippi as a medical assistant. She also worked at Broaddus Hospital in the admissions office and retired in 1986. Upon retirement Jean and John traveled often to see their children and friends. They enjoyed trips to Europe, Canada and all around the United States. They often said those were some of the best years of their lives.
Jean was a member of the Barbour Church of Christ where she taught Sunday School and also worked many summers at the church sponsored camp. She was a member of the Barbour County Homemakers Club. She devoted many hours as a volunteer and tour guide at Adaland.
Jean is survived by her three children: Ky Albert Poling and wife Norma of Williamstown, NJ; Karen Poling Noffsinger and husband John of Sewanee, TN and John C. Poling II and wife Judy of Bowling Green, Ky.
She is also survived by six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren: Kellie Poling Lula and husband Ken and their son Kaeden of Mt Royal, NJ; Nicole Noffsinger Frazier and husband Jeff and their children Jackson, Loulie and Sam of Sewanee, TN; Tasha Noffsinger Clingempeel and husband Matt and their children Lily, Henry and Max of Midlothian, VA; Julianne Noffsinger Hess and husband Brian and their children Brianna and Tucker of Nutter Fort, WV; Justin Poling and wife Rebecca of Nashville, TN; and Josh Poling and wife Chelsey of Bowling Green, KY.
Jean is survived by three sisters: Ima Jones of Zeniople, PA; Geneva Jeffries of Ashland, Ohio, Jo Ellen Tyre and husband Kenneth of Huttonsville, WV and one brother Jack Bell and wife Jean of Candler, NC
Jean loved her family and she and John were blessed to have 70 years together. She was a wonderful wife, mother, sister, grandmother and great-grandmother.
The family would like to thank all of the special caregivers who gave love and support to our parents during their time in Kentucky, especially Ruth Helm, Linda Peterson, and Theresa Barnett.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to Adaland Development Inc. P O Box 74 Philippi, WV 26416 or Barbour Church of Christ 10429 Barbour Highway, Belington, WV 26250
Friends will be received at the Wright Funeral Home 220 N. Walnut St Philippi WV on Saturday February 18 10:30 – 12:30. The funeral service will be conducted at 12:30 by Evangelist Ron Laughery and Stan Jenkins with interment to follow in the Barbour Memorial Cemetery.