Hulda M. Vest


Hulda M. Vest, 87, of Shady Spring, passed away at home on July 1, 2019, after a lengthy illness.
Born February 22, 1932 at Blue Jay, Hulda was daughter of the late Herbert and Clarice McKinney Smith. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Josh Vest, son-in-law Chris Meadows, siblings Gladys Olsen, Betty Osborne, Orville "Sonny" Smith and Tommy Smith.
Hulda was a 1959 graduate of the Raleigh County Vocational School of Practical Nursing. She retired from Raleigh General Hospital in 1994, after spending most of her career in the emergency room and the final few years in outpatient surgery. Her calling of caring is her greatest legacy; she was always trying to help others.
Some called her Granny, a few called her Huldie - she was fine with either as long as you didn't call her by her middle name. Which, coincidently, will be omitted from this since she never liked it anyway! Known as the "Pie Lady", she was famous for the fried pies she made and sold at Fridays in the Park and many other Uptown events.
She loved the color red, yard sales, Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy, Mary Kay and Dennis the Menace! Her virtue was not patience, as she was always in a hurry and expected the same of others! Hulda was a member of Perry Memorial United Methodist Church, where she enjoyed helping in the Easter egg factory, rummage sales and many other ministries.
Survivors include son, Howard Vest and wife Karen, of Beckley; daughter and caregiver, Ruth Vest Meadows of Shady Spring; grandchildren, Christy Meadows, Amanda Ashley and husband Marty, JJ Meadows and wife Aimee; great-grandchildren, Sarah and Daniel Harvey, Jaxon and Addison Meadows all of Shady Spring; step-grandchildren, Lisa Withrow and husband Keith, Brittany Doss and husband James; step-great-grandchildren, Elly Withrow, Bryson and Layton Doss, all of Beckley; siblings, Tim Smith, Joe Smith, Vivian Skaggs, Francis Hart and Marilyn Waterbeck; special neighbors, Paul and Linda Prince and Ron and Mel Farley; special friend, Susie Ferrabee and her very faithful and loving companion, Buddy. A host of cousins, nieces, nephews and dear friends also survive.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 6, 2019 at Rose and Quesenberry Shady Spring Chapel with Pastor Russ Jordan officiating. Visitation will begin at 11 a.m. until service time at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens at Prosperity.
Pallbearers will be Marty Ashley, Daniel Harvey, JJ and Jaxon Meadows, CH Mitchell, Jerry Skaggs and Ron Farley.
The family would like to extend sincere gratitude to caregivers Carrie Cole and Jamie Wills and to Hospice of Southern West Virginia, especially Nurse Kassi Fix. Your care and compassion made a difficult time easier for all of us.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Christie H. Meadows Family Memorial Scholarship, C/O Beckley Area Foundation, 129 Main Street, Suite 301, Beckley, WV 25801 or Hospice of Southern West Virginia.
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Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Shady Spring Chapel, Shady Spring, WV.
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Don and Patricia Cree
Jul 03, 2019
Hulda was a special lady. She was the mother and granny of our sisters in Christ Ruth and Amanda. We remember her fried pies from picnics we attended at Amanda's house.
To Ruth, Amanda, Christy and JJ: Know that we are remembering your loved one and praying for the Lord to comfort you all with His great love and promises. May the love of Jesus bring you all comfort, strength and peace during this difficult time. Don & Pat