IRENE (BUCHER) GORBY
1 May 1884 - Jul 1941
Practiced under Dr. J. D. Scmhied, Wetzel County


OBITUARY - IRENE GORBY - Irene Bucher Gorby, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis P. Bucher, was born near New Martinsville, West Virginia, May 1, 1884. Her education was limited to what she received from short terms of rural schools. The last one attended was Fluharty Run. - At the age of eighteen she began training as a nurse in the old Wetzel County Hospital, under the direction of the late Dr. J. D. Schmied. In reiterating her early experiences she frequently referred to the strenuous hours of work, when in cases of emergencies and epidemics, she would work for four or five days and nights, relaxing only an hour or two each day. She continued nursing until 1908, when she was married to J. H. Gorby, who had recently been appointed superintendent of the New Martinsville schools, and with the exception of one year resided in New Martinsville the remainder of her life. Mrs. Gorby found pleasure in attending different school activities with Mr. Gorby. - As a child, she learned to cook, bake and sew, and through extensive reading and careful practice became highly skilled in these household arts. She thoroughly enjoyed working with a enw recipe, or an untried pattern in crochet, tatting or knitting. A hobby of hers was sewing draperies, slip covers, cushions and dine embroidery. Anything she made was as perfectly finished as possible, and she was very generous in using her talents and time for others. - Childless herself, Mrs. Gorby was a lover of children, and was loved by them. For their first foot wear, scores of babies wore booties made by her. She was unusually happy when she did an act of kindness or gave service for others. Not only did she spread her happiness to children, but older folk as well, whether it was taking some flowers, a plant or something she had made. AShe always had time to enjoy a morning chat with her different neighbors. ZBirthday anniversaries of her relatives and friends did not pass her notice. She shared in others' sorrow as well as happiness. - Mrs. Gorby was a very extensive reader in such fields as health, nature study, history and general literature. She had a very retaining memory and scanned carefully current magazines and the daily paper. She could discuss intelligently the proceedings of the United States Congress, and was following the World War in detail. It was her belief that the United States should assist England, both for the safety of our country and the moral problem involved, and never doubted for a moment that the Allies will not win.



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