2008-10-09 / Obituaries

Elton R. Duvall

McConnellsburg, 72

Elton Ruth Wigfield Schoen Duvall, 72, Mc- Connellsburg, died instantly Thursday, October 2, 2008, as a result of injuries she sustained in a car accident in St. Thomas Township.

She was born February 5, 1936, in Little Orleans, Allegheny County, Md., to Grayson L. and Eileen R. (Price) Wigfield, both of whom have passed. She was the widow of James R. Duvall, who preceded her in death in April 2001.

She was a 1954 graduate of Hagerstown High School, where she was active in theater and met her first husband, Derek Schoen. After graduating, while an active member of the Potomac Playmakers in Hag-erstown, she declined a full acting scholarship to Pasadena Playhouse in California to marry and start her family. She earned a degree from Hagerstown Business College and worked as a court reporter before her children were born. In 1969, she pioneered a childcare center, the Arlington (Virginia) Unitarian Cooperative Preschool, implementing there a modified Montessori curriculum. It continues to thrive today.

For 15 years she worked for the Defense Logistics Agency in Mechanicsburg, retiring in March 1998. Subsequently, she completed paralegal training through the International Correspondence Schools January 21, 1997. She also obtained her real estate license and practiced real estate on a part-time basis for some years after retirement. Self-educated, well-informed and resourceful, she generously shared important information with a number of friends and family in Fulton County, often helping them to successfully overcome a variety of bureaucratic and legal obstacles.

While she had lived in Maryland, northern Virginia, and California during her life, she settled finally in Fulton County. Her current home at the Meadow Grounds, where she enjoyed retirement, was her favorite home of all. She was a loving mother and grandmother, an avid reader and had many interests, including renewable energy, local and national politics, writing, movies and forest management.

She is survived by her daughter, Sarah S. (Schoen) Duvall, Hustontown; her son, Damon P. (husband of Melanie) Schoen, Fort Littleton; grandchildren: Kyle and Courtney Schoen, Kyra and Lena Duvall; and nephew and niece Seth and Breanna Wigfield, Hagerstown, Md. She also leaves many aunts, uncles and cousins in and around Buck Valley and Hagerstown who were dear to her.

Graveside services were Tuesday, October 7, 2008, at 10:00 a.m., at Fort Littleton Cemetery. Pastor Bill Kuhn officiated.

Howard L. Sipes Funeral Home, Inc., McConnellsburg, was in charge of arrangements.

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