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Daisy Belle (Wortman) Cather

Daisy Belle (Wortman) Cather was born in 1877 in Dunbar, Fayette County, PA, the daughter of Ross and Hester Ann (Minerd) Wortman. The family name also has occasionally been spelled "Workman." 

Daisy Belle married William Jasper Cather (1872-1954). He was the son of Jasper M. and Virginia (Phillips) Cather and a native of Piedmont, Mineral County, WV.

The Cathers had at least four children -- Mabel Robison, William Roscoe Cather, John Raymond Cather and Nellie Johnson.

Bird's eye view of Keyser, from Queen's Point

The family resided for many years in Keyser, Mineral County. William was a conductor with the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, and a member of the Railway Conductors of America. He also held a membership in the David Lodge of the Masons. William ultimately retired from the railroad, and spent his final years residing in their home at 35 Spring Street. 

William passed away at the age of 82 on Dec. 16, 1954. The Mineral Daily News Tribune reported that he was survived by eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. After the funeral, held at the First Methodist Church, he was laid to rest at the Queens Point Cemetery. 

Daisy outlived her husband by 11 years, and endured congestive heart failure and heart fibrillation. She also suffered the deaths of her adult sons William (in 1956) and John (1962).

She died at the age of 88, in June 1965, at the home of her married daughter Millie Johnson in Parkersburg, Wood County, WV. An obituary in her hometown newspaper, the Connellsville Daily Courier, noted that she was "a native of Dunbar" and was survived by eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. 

~ Daughter Mabel (Cather) Robison ~

Daughter Mabel Cather married (?) Robison. 

Circa 1954-1965, they lived in Keyser. 

~ Son William Roscoe Cather ~

Son William Roscoe Cather (1907- ? ) was born on March 16, 1907 in Maryland. During World War II, he served in the United States Armed Forces.  

He married Violet Juanita Maynor on Jan. 22, 1934, when he was age 27, and she 22. His residence at the time was Mineral County, and hers' as Mullens, Wyoming County, WV. She was the daughter of J.T. and Carrie E. Maynor, of Fayette County, WV. 

Later, William and Violet divorced.

William was a teacher, and resided in Keyser in 1954, at 36 Spring Street. 

Suffering from the same ailment which felled his mother, William endured congestive heart failure and hardening of the arteries. He died of their effects in the Veterans Administration Center in Martinsburg, Berkeley County, WV at the age of 49, on July 9, 1956. He was laid to rest in Keyser Cemetery.

~ Son John Raymond Cather ~

Son John Raymond Cather was born on Sept. 20, 1914, in Keyser. 

He made his home in 1954 in Keyser. 

Afflicted with cancer of the esophagus, John died at the age of 47 on April 8, 1962. 

~ Daughter Nellie (Cather) Johnson ~

Daughter Nellie Cather is believed to have married Dr. George H. Johnson. They had seven children -- Dr. William Zane Johnson, Jewell Dye, Jerome Johnson, Robert Johnson, Mickey Johnson, Barbara Shockowitz and Carolyn Somerville.

They resided in Parkersburg, Wood County, WV in 1954-1965, where George maintained his medical practice. 

Daughter Jewell Johnson (1926-2008) married (?) Dye. They resided in Louisville, KY, and had three sons -- Dr. Larry Dye, Dr. Bruce Dye and Barry Dye. Jewell was retired from Southern Central Bell Telephone Company, and a member of CAW, The Pioneers and Cloverleaf Baptist Church. Jewell passed away at the age of 82, in Louisville, on June 15, 2008. Following a funeral at her church in Louisville, she was laid to rest in Evergreen Cemetery North in Parkersburg. Her obituary was published in the Parkersburg News and Sentinel

Son Dr. William Zane Johnson (?). 

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