Betty Frame McConihay


(Mar. 1, 2009)

Betty Frame McConihay died March 1 at the Powell Valley Care Center after suffering a stroke in February.

Betty was born on Aug. 15, 1925, in South Charleston, W.Va. She graduated from high school in South Charleston, and she later earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Marshall University.

Betty married William McConihay in 1947 and moved to East Bank, W.Va.. She lived in East Bank until her husband died in 2008, at which point she moved to the Powell Valley Care Center to be closer to her sister.

She taught math and English in Kanawha County Schools for 33 years, and upon retirement she continued teaching math at West Virginia Institute of Technology for several terms.  She was instrumental in supporting her niece and nephews in their pursuit of higher education.

A member of South Charleston First Baptist Church, she attended the United Methodist Church in East Bank.  She was a charter member and first president of Chi Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, an International Honorary Teacher’s Society, and was also a charter member of East Bank Garden Club where she was very active in the organization.

Preceding her in death were her parents, Harry and Rexie Given Frame and her husband of 60 years, William C. McConihay.

She is survived by her sister, Patricia Dixon (Thomas) of Powell; aunt, Dixie Donahue (Earl) of Dille, W.Va., and a niece, two nephews and several cousins.

Haskell Funeral Home in Lovell is in charge of arrangements.

A private memorial will be held at a later date in West Virginia.  Cremation has taken place, and  friends may wish to donate to:  Betty Frame McConihay Math Scholarship, Marshall University Foundation, 1 John Marshall Drive, Huntington WV 25755 ; East Bank United Methodist Church or East Bank Garden Club.