Marian Ola Commodore passed peacefully away at her home July 2, 2020. She was born in Fairview, to Arthur and Ola Jones on Nov. 29, 1933. She was raised in a loving, hard-working, faith-filled family and was one of seven siblings. Her sisters, Betty Jones, of Fairmont, and Nola Palomino, of Yellow Springs, Ohio, survive her.
After graduating from high school, she received her nursing diploma and went on to serve in this field for many years. She worked at several hospitals, including St. Vincent Pallotti Hospital and Mon Health Medical Center in Morgantown as a nursing supervisor, offering physical and spiritual comfort to all she cared for.
The biblical image of the noble woman in Proverbs best describes the loving, caring, generous person that she was, as the center of her family. She was the loving wife of James “Jim” Michael Commodore for over 60 years before he preceded her in death. She sacrificed much of her time and energy to raise four children, Michael A. Commodore, Teresa M. Duffer, and John A. Commodore, of Morgantown, and M. Rose Commodore Donovan, of Deming, N.M. Her family expanded as she welcomed into her life two daughters-in-law, Karen Commodore and Donna Commodore; two sons-in-law, Steve Duffer and Edward Donovan; and three grandsons, John Christodoulou, Shane Commodore and Eric Commodore, whom she always enjoyed spending time with.
No matter what struggles life brought her or those around her, she always had a huge smile, a warm laugh, a comforting hug, a hopeful outlook, a praise song, an open giving hand, a hearty meal and a caring prayer for all whom she encountered.
She was active at both St. Theresa’s and St. John’s Catholic churches in many ministries including: religious education, choir, prayer groups and prayer chain. She often spent hours on the phone uplifting those in need. She also felt in touch with God through her gardening and caring for her flowers.
During her later years, illness curtailed many of her activities, but she continued to shower love and laughter on all who would call or visit, the light of her heart always shining through. Our family offers special thanks to her caregivers Margaret Frymyer and April Layton, as well as her neighbor, Jean Gillespie, for all they did.
Our family celebrates Marian’s life and is joyful that she is reunited with her beloved husband, Jim, and other family members in heaven. We rise up and call her “blessed.” (Prov 31:28).
A private, immediate family only, celebration of her life will be held on Tuesday, July 7, under the care of Fred Jenkins Funeral Home.
Marian will be laid to rest at Beverly Hills Memorial Gardens.