Wilma Hodge Obaugh
Widow of William “Bill” Obaugh, Wilma stands as the matriarch of the family and the senior most staff member of the funeral home.
Born July 31, 1928 in Highland County, she is the daughter of the late George Henry and Camilla (Hupman) Hodge. She is a graduate of the former Andrew Lewis High School in Salem and attended Mary Baldwin College.
She was married January 29, 1949 to William G. “Bill” Obaugh, who preceded her in death January 1, 1996. Wilma has four children G.W., Brent, and Kyle Obaugh all of McDowell and Donna (Obaugh) Ashby of Staunton. Wilma is also a grandmother of ten and great-grandmother of ten (soon to be eleven).
She is a member of the United Methodist Women and the McDowell United Methodist Church, where she has faithfully served as pianist for 45 years.
Wilma began her service alongside her husband in 1966, after the passing of Roy G. Obaugh. From that point on, she assumed a vast majority of the clerical and managerial responsibilities of the business and continued to do so for the next thirty-two years. At present Wilma is enjoying her partial-retirement from the funeral home and spends much of her time visiting with family and friends. Still, even in retirement, she continues to provide hairdressing, administrative council, and ensures daily that the funeral home continues to meet the bar she set and maintained throughout her career.