Obituary for Linda F. McClaughry

Linda Faye McClaughry, 89, of Bluemont, Virginia, died Thursday, September 29, 2011 at Heritage Hall Nursing Home, Leesburg, Virginia.

Born Linda Faye Osborne on March 27, 1922 in Grayson County, North Carolina, she was the oldest of nine children. Her father, Frank Jesse Osborne, a farmer, moved his family to Sterling, Virginia where he planned to buy a farm. Unfortunately, he died of pneumonia in his 40’s, leaving her mother, Zollie the former Zollie Frances Reeves, with the children to raise.

Faye moved to Horse Shoe Curve, Clarke County in 1946 after her husband, Robert M. McClaughry was discharged from the Navy. At that time, Horse Shoe Curve was an Esso Service Station but later became a restaurant. Faye worked in the background preparing soups and snacks for the restaurant. Her specialty was her chili.

She sold the restaurant to her granddaughter, Tracee and her husband, Jim Wink but Faye continued to live there with her beloved dog, Frannie who was adopted from the Clarke County Shelter.

Faye loved flowers and people would drive by just to see her latest beautification projects. She planted flowers wherever she could find an empty space.   She, one stone at a time built all the stone walls on the property.   Some stones were so large that they were considered boulders and had to be rolled.

When Faye was 68 years, she took her first plane ride, flying to Germany with her family in 1988.

She was an avid NASCAR fan and her favorite driver was the late Dale Earnhardt.   She collected everything with his name on it.

Faye loved animals. She always had a dog by her side.   Faye was an outstanding seamstress.   She loved to embroider on her granddaughter’s jeans and shirts.

She was a wonderful homemaker who loved to prepare family dinners and create family traditions as well as host family gatherings.   She will be greatly missed.

Surviving are two daughters, Gerry M. Ballard of Purcellville, VA and Linda M. Wallace of Bonita Springs, FL; two sisters, Gladys Nice of Fairfax, VA and Betty Trammel of Charles Town, WV; two brothers, Jesse Osborne and James Osborne both of Winchester, VA; four grandchildren, Tracee Wink, Kelley Snell, Shana Dixon, and Carla Adgate; nine great-grandchildren, Joseph Klapperich, Kevin Klapperich, Carleigh Cordova, Samantha Snell, Steffanie May, Jennifer Adgate, James Wink, Jr., Joseph Wink, and Thomas Wink; four great-great grandchildren, Krista Wink, Hunter Wink, Brennen Wink, Ashley Wink; and her beloved dog, Frannie.

Her husband, Robert M. McClaughry, three sisters, Merle Durst, Marjorie Brown, Sarah Cobble, and Webb Osborne preceded her in death.

Funeral services will be held 10:00 A. M. Monday, October 3, 2011 at the Enders & Shirley Funeral Home Chapel, Berryville with Dr. Alan Stanford officiating.   Burial will follow in Green Hill Cemetery, Berryville.

Pallbearers will be Jim Wink, Doug Snell, Steve Adgate, Keith May, Joseph Klapperich, and Kevin Klapperich.   Honorary pallbearers will be Jack Wallace, Kent Ballard, James McClaughry, and Joe Wink.

The family will receive friends 5:00 – 7:00 P. M. Sunday evening at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Blue Ridge Volunteer Fire Department, P O Box 216, Bluemont, VA   20135 or to the Clarke County Humane Shelter, P O Box 713, Berryville, VA   22611.

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