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Obituaries, week of July 9: Ault, Behl, Conley, Johnson, Rich

Posted on Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at 1:17 pm


Nancy B. Ault, 62, of Churchtown, Pa., passed away peacefully at her residence, June 28, 2014, surrounded by her family. She was a life-long resident of Churchtown, the daughter of Mildred (Burkhart) Weaver of Garden Spot Village and the late Jacob F. Weaver.

She was a graduate of Garden Spot High School and earned an Associate’s Business Degree from Brandywine College in Wilmington, DE. She worked for Hess’ Department Store in Lancaster and was co-owner and operator of Churchtown Supply Co., a family owned business, from 1975 until the present.

Her most important job was raising her two sons.

She enjoyed counted cross stitch, sewing, and traveling with her family and friends. She enjoyed sunrise walks along the beach and collecting seashells.

She was an active volunteer in her community including the P.T.O., Boy Scouts of America, New Holland Swim Team, and the Churchtown Historical Society. She was a member of the Churchtown United Methodist Church where she formerly taught Vacation Bible School.

The most important thing in her life was her family and friends, especially her three grandchildren, Sophia, David and Ryan.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband, Barry R. Ault and her two sons, Jesse R. married to Amanda (Greene) Ault, Montross, and Jacob R. married to Amy (Chandler) Ault, Leola.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 19 at 2 p.m. at the Churchtown United Methodist Church, 2170 Main St., Churchtown with the Rev. Robert Pope officiating. The family will receive friends at the church on Saturday from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Private interment will be in the United Methodist Cemetery of Churchtown. Kindly omit flowers. If desired, memorials may be sent to, Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, 750 East Pratt Street, Suite 1700, Baltimore, Md. 21202. Please make checks payable to Johns Hopkins University and include “In memory of Nancy Ault” in the memo, or to the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, Attn: Donor Services, P.O. Box 650309, Dallas, TX 75265-0309.  The Groff-High Funeral Home, New Holland is in charge of arrangements.  Online condolences may be posted at www.groffeckenroth.com.


Ruth Jenkins Behl, 83, of Waldorf, MD, passed away  June 28, 2014. She was the widow of Allen Earl Behl, a retired bookkeeper at CVS Pharmacy and a member of Rappahannock Baptist Church.  She is survived by her daughter, Karen B. Armstrong (Joey) of Richmond, Texas; three grandchildren, Dana Madden (Mike), Joseph Armstrong and Ian Armstrong and three great-grandchildren, Savannah, Emery and Grayson; her brother, Allen Jenkins (Mollie) of Warsaw; sisters, Elsie Hanger, Warsaw, Margaret Wiley, Dover, PA, Erma Mae Hysell, Waldorf, MD and Verna Lee Bateman, Prince Frederick, MD and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at Rappahannock Baptist Church with Pastor Wade Wilkins officiating.  Interment was in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were Joe Armstrong, Ian Armstrong, Ray Hysel, Kenny Hysel, Gary Jenkins, Allen Jenkins, Thomas Jenkins and Andrew Duke.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to Rappahannock Baptist Church Building Fund, PO Box 991, Montross, VA 22520.

Online condolences may be made at www.welchfuneralhomeva.com.


Julia Blanche Conley, 68, of Montross, passed away on June 27, 2014.  She was a retired plumber and the widow of Jackie Conley.  She is survived by a son, Johnny Conley of Stafford, Va.; a daughter, Faye Conley and husband Edward Tutor of Montross; brothers, Kenneth Peltzer (Angie), Bill Peltzer (Emma) and  Bobby Peltzer (Faith) all of Lancaster, Pa.; sisters, Janice Wagner, Linda Carr (Jim) and Nancy Smith (Bill); four grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, July 1 at Welch Funeral Home, Montross Chapel, with Pastor Brent Vickery officiating. Interment was private.

Memorial contributions may be made to Julia B. Conley Fund, c/o Welch Funeral Home, 17546 Kings Highway, Montross, Va. 22520.

Online condolences may be made at www.welchfuneralhomeva.com.


William Oliver Johnson Sr. passed away June 3, 2014 at Westmoreland Rehabilitation and Healthcare Facility. He was born April 21, 1925 in Westmoreland County to Daniel and Lula Johnson.

He was educated in Westmoreland Public Schools and joined Grant¹s Hill Baptist Church at an early age.

He was predeceased by his wife Mary R. Johnson and his son, William O. Johnson Jr.  Surviving are a brother, Levy Johnson; two daughters, Mary Cross of Montross and Hazel Jackson (Charles) of Suitland, Md.; a son, Vernon Johnson (Paulette Jackson) of Montross; eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; a daughter-in-law, Carole Johnson; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held June 14 at Grants Hill Baptist Church, Leedstown. Interment services were held at the church cemetery.

Services of Comfort and Trust provided by the Berry O. Waddy Funeral Home.


Edward Ames Rich passed away June 28, 2014. He was born June 8, 1928 to Carrie Newman Rich in Montross, Westmoreland County.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Carrie Newman Rich; his wife, Lucretia “Pat” Rich, and children, Edward Warren Rich and Wanda F. Smith.

Eddie was educated in Westmoreland County schools.

Eddie moved to Washington, D.C. when he was 16 seeking employment opportunities. He held various jobs including Paul Hubbard’s House, which was renamed Hogates and worked in fleet maintenance at Howard Concrete for 30 years. He returned to Westmoreland County in February 2010.

Surviving are his son, Dennis (Rose); daughter-in-law, Gloria Rich; four grandchildren; one sister, Nell Rich; 11 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held July 7 at Jerusalem Baptist Church. Rev. Darryl E. Fisher officiated. Interment was held Tuesday, July 8 at Washington National Cemetery, Suitland, Md.

Funeral services entrusted to the Weldon-Fisher Funeral Home.