Betty Harriet Stahl Durst

Betty Harriet Stahl Durst, age 90, formerly of Buckhannon and more recently a resident of Mountain Memories Assisted Living in Elkins, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, October 26, 2022. She was born in Grantsville, Maryland on November 9, 1931, a daughter of the late Stewart and Nora Ethel Resh Stahl. Betty was united in marriage on February 17, 1952 to William Henry Durst, who preceded her in death on January 29, 2019.

In addition to her parents and her husband, she was also preceded in death by two brothers: Darrell and Eldred Stahl. 

Surviving are three daughters: Vickie and husband James Waugerman, of S.C., Tammy and husband Chris Casto, of Elkins, and Penney and husband Jim Schell, of Fairmont; one son Rick Durst and wife Mary Kay, of Martinsburg; seven grandsons: Zack, Aaron and Dustin Casto, Jamey and Vincent Waugerman, and Travis and Blaine Durst; three granddaughters: Amanda Snyder, Madison Schell and Courtney Durst; 12 great-grandchildren; and one sister Helen Lois Bender of Md.

Betty graduated from nursing school in Cumberland, Md. She was employed as a Registered Nurse in Oakland, Md. before moving to Buckhannon in 1957. She worked in various capacities as a nurse at St. Joseph’s Hospital, including obstetrics, medical surgery nursing staff and geriatric nursing. During her career, she also worked as a home health nurse. Betty retired after many years of working as Dr. Joseph Reed’s office nurse.

Throughout the years, Betty loved to work with her apples. Many hours were spent peeling and coring apples on the back patio. Friends and neighbors would come by to pick apples and visit. Applesauce was a staple, but it was her homemade apple dumplings that everyone loved. 

Often, Betty could be found taking a daily walk or sitting on her porch reading, enjoying the outdoors she loved so much. She and Bill were campers and travelled many years to Florida for the winter, as well as to Summersville to attend the Mt. Nebo gospel sings. 

Betty’s Christian faith was lived through her membership and faithful attendance of the Good Hope Tabernacle Church and her active participation with her husband Bill in Gideons International.

Betty was a kind and loving mother. All little children were dear to her, but each of her grandchildren held a very special place in her heart. Her caring nature, her devotion to her family and her faithfulness to the Lord will be lovingly remembered and forever missed.

Friends will be received at the Heavner and Cutright Funeral Chapel on Tuesday, November 1, 2022, from 10 to 10:30 a.m., the funeral hour with Pastor Holly J. Hoover officiating. Interment will follow at 2 p.m., in the Grantsville Cemetery in Md.

The family would like to thank Mountain Hospice for their supportive services and especially Reverend Brian Headley for his visits, care and concern.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mountain Hospice at 1002 Crim Ave., Belington, W.Va. 26250 or to Gideon International at Lewis-Upshur Gideons, P.O. Box 505, Buckhannon, W.Va. 26201. Online condolences may be extended to the Durst family at The Durst family has entrusted the Heavner and Cutright Funeral Chapel and Cremation Services with funeral arrangements.


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