Arzella Marie Buckner, of Buckhannon, W.Va. died Friday morning, June 17, at the age of 79 at the Serenity Care Home in Buckhannon. She had been bravely battling Parkinsonism for several years.
Known to her many friends and family as Marie, she was the daughter of Clifford and Anna Walls, who both preceded her in death by many years. Marie was born in April 1943, grew up in Upshur County and later moved to Dayton, Ohio where she married Jack Buckner, who also predeceased her. They were much loved by their children, Benjamin and Teresa.
In Ohio, she developed an interest in helping the mentally challenged and continued working in that field after moving to Phoenix, Arizona, where she retired from the AFH Perry Center before moving back to Buckhannon. Her passions included reading, genealogy, visiting with and calling her siblings and spending time with her cats, who liked rides on her walker. She was a member of the Upshur Historical Society.
Marie is survived by two children: Benjamin Buckner, of Irvine, California, and Teresa (Alvin) Cutright, of French Creek, W.Va., as well as grandchildren: Julia, Ethan and Owen Cutright, Taillefer Buckner and Kelcy Ellingford; siblings: Carl Walls, of Kettering, Ohio, Patty Cratty, of Carlsbad, Calif., Mary Bennett and Terry (Janice) Cain, of French Creek; and several much-loved nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was also preceded in death by sister-in-law Helen Walls and brother-in-law Charles Bennett.
In accordance with her wishes, her remains will be cremated. A memorial graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, August 14, 2022 at the Indian Camp Cemetery, in French Creek, W.Va. A gathering of remembrance will be held at the Indian Camp Normal, immediately following the graveside service. Her family would like to express their gratitude to the staff of Serenity Care Home for easing her final days and to the residents whom she considered friends.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.polingstclair.com. Poling-St. Clair Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.