Dessie Mable (Evans) Varner

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CRESAPTOWN – Dessie Mable (Evans) Varner, 101, of Cresaptown, passed away Saturday, November 17, 2018, at her residence surrounded by her two daughters.

Born in Laurel Dale, WV, on October 2, 1917, to the late Martin Randolph Evans, Sr. and Mary (Arbogast) Evans. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by six sisters, Lula Liller, Lillie Thompson, Jessie Magdaline, Sadie Pyles, Lettie Sites, and Mamie Scott; nine brothers, William Evans, Otha Evans, Arlie Evans, Myrle Evans, Martin Evans, Jr., Lyles Evans, Julius Evans, William (Evans) Frase, and Guy Alston Evans. Dessie was also preceded in death by her first husband, Clarence L. Wagoner; her second husband of 58 years, Arden E. Varner; and a daughter, Mary Alean DeVault.

She is survived by a brother, Leonard Evans, of Fort Ashby, WV; her daughters, Anna Lee Hiner, of Ellicott City, MD, and Betty Louise Jenkins, of Montgomery, AL; step-daughter, Marcia Ryman, of MD; grandchildren, Chris Hiner and wife Sharon, Steve Hiner and wife Samantha, Becky Landry and husband Philip, Bonnie Brown and husband Jim, Mark Jenkins, John DeVault, Jr. and wife Michelle, and Deborah Mathena and husband Paul; step-granddaughters, Deborah Keifer and Denise Sweitzer; son-in-law, John DeVault, Sr.; nine great-grandchildren; several great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Dessie’s mother died when she was eleven years old, leaving her to help care for her siblings. She went on to work at the Celanese Corporation during World War II. In the early 1950s, she attended Tri State Beauty Academy and became a teacher of cosmetology. She worked at Tri State until the opening of the Ardez Beauty Salon on Green Street.

In her early years, she and her husband, Arden, owned a cabin on Capon River in WV where they loved to spend weekends and enjoyed fishing. Dessie received a citation from WV for catching a trophy-size rainbow trout weighing 3 pounds 3 ounces, of which she was very proud. She and Arden also enjoyed hunting and looking for wild mushrooms.

Dessie was always a New York Yankees and Dallas Cowboys football fan, and her family knew not to call her if those teams were playing.

She and Arden traveled all over the United States with her daughter, Betty and husband Jack, enjoying all the great parks, Grand Canyon, Mount Rushmore, and Niagara Falls, to name a few destinations they visited. She loved driving up to the coast of California to Washington State and always wanted to end up in Las Vegas at the casinos.

Dessie was known for her delicious apple dumplings and her homemade spaghetti and meatballs.

She lived her whole life always putting others first. She took care of her siblings when she was needed. She also took care of her husband and family when they needed her, and she never once complained. She said she would do it all again if she was needed. She had such a sweet and caring heart. Everyone who knew her found out quickly how kind she was. She will be missed by many, but mostly by her two daughters and family. God received a true angel when Dessie entered heaven on Saturday.

Her family would like to thank Frostburg Village for the loving care she received during the short time she was there, her excellent caregivers for the care she received when she was at home, Michele Liller, Beth Brown, and Royann Matthews from WMHS Hospice Services, and Pastor David Melvin and Chaplain Bruce for all the kindness they showed our mother. We are very grateful to all who helped us through this last journey of her life on Earth.

Friends will be received at the Scarpelli Funeral Home, P.A., 108 Virginia Ave., Cumberland, on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. A funeral service will immediately follow at 12 p.m. with Pastor David Marvin officiating. Interment will be in Restlawn Memorial Gardens.

Pallbearers will be Chris Hiner, Steve Hiner, Mark Jenkins, Johnny DeVault, Bob Carey, and Cletus Evans.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Dessie’s name may be made to WMHS Hospice Services, 1050 Industrial Blvd., Ste. 19, Cumberland, MD 21502.

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