How to sum up a life? Reverend Frances Jean McCoy was born in Connelleville, PA in 1943, but she grew up in Philippi, WV and eventually returned here after moving around to various countries and states. She died Saturday December 11, 2021 while residing in Philippi. She was a daughter to Francis and Barbara McCoy, a sister to John “Pat” McCoy, and an aunt to Vick-Lee and Scott Charles. She found her calling as a Pastor in the Episcopal Church. She was currently as St. Michael Episcopal Church in Kingwood. As a Pastor she wrote thoughtful sermons, officiated at weddings and baptisms, blessed the dead on their journey and consoled the grieving. She explored the world as a traveler. Her last rip with several of her friends was a cruise to the splendid fjords of Norway. She rescued many dogs and cared for them (and they for her) over her life. She read extensively. She was an avid bridge player, enjoying the challenge of maximizing the hands dealt to her. She sewed her clothes and made quilts, taking joy in the textures and colors of the fabrics. This list still doesn’t sum up the wisdom, care and love she had for her friends, her family, for the world. She was greatly loved and she is missed.
A celebration of life will be held at Crim Memorial United Methodist Church 200 Pike St. Philippi, on Saturday April 30, at 11 am with Bishop Michael Klusmeyer officiating. Inurnment will follow in the Mt. Vernon Memorial Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Animal Friends of Barbour County PO Box 452 Philippi, WV 26416, or Philippi Public Library 91 South Main St. Philippi, WV 26416