Ebbert, Elizabeth

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Elizabeth (Rhea) Ebbert, CLU., died on December 4, 2008, in Blacksburg, Va. Rhea was born and raised in Wheeling, W.Va. and moved to Charleston, W.Va. in 1949 where she retired from the Travelers Insurance Co. in 1983 as Marketing Coordinator. She moved to Blacksburg in 1992. Rhea was preceded in death by her parents, Lawrence and Elizabeth Fahey Ebbert. Her fiance, Lewis Carlile, died in 1948. She was also preceded in death by four sisters, Genevieve Ehni, Margaret Ebbert, Mary Floto and Angela Harris; and a special niece, Peggy Marshall. Rhea is survived by her brother, Larry Ebbert and his wife, Ann, of Plantation, Fla.; three sisters, Madelyn Wanstreet, of Blacksburg, Va., Eileen Helfer and her husband, Bob, of Wheeling, W.Va., and Dolores Gribben and her husband, Bob, of Christiansburg, Va.; a special niece, Susan Likins, of Wheeling, W.Va.; 20 other nieces and nephews; 45 greatnieces and nephews; and 18 great-great-nieces and nephews. Rhea was a devout Catholic all her life and recently was a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church, in Christiansburg, Va. She loved to travel and enjoyed keeping in touch with her many friends and relatives on their birthdays. Rhea was the first female to achieve the Chartered Life Underwriter certification in the State of West Virginia. She served in many leading capacities in the Regional and National Association of Insurance Women and was the West Virginia State and Regional Director of the Catholic Daughters of America. At Rhea’s request, there will be no memorial. She would like her family and friends to just remember her in their prayers. Interment will be at the convenience of the family at Mount Calvery Cemetery, Wheeling W.Va.