Marion Dove Werth, 82, of New Bern, N.C. and formerly of Riverside, died June 30, 2011 at the Carolina East Medical Center in the company of her husband, John, and daughter, Mary.
Ms. Werth was born in Hamilton, Ohio, on April 3, 1929 to Dean R. and Mary Rees Dove. She graduated from Hamilton High School, and Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
During her senior year at Miami, she established a 12-grade art department for the schools in West Alexandria, Ohio and after graduation, headed the art departments for the schools of West Carrollton, Ohio.
She later became a partner in a retail needlework business and then turned her favorite hobby into a wholesale needlework design business, which she operated for 24 years.
Ms. Werth created more than 100 cross-stitch designs, including her favorites, a series of Dayton, Ohio landmarks. The Werths raised their family in Riverside, where Ms. Werth was a member of the Infant Welfare Society of Chicago, the Frederick Law Olmsted Society, American Field Service, Riverside Garden Club and the Riverside Presbyterian Church. After moving to North Carolina, she was a member of the Cape Lookout Power & Sail Squadron in New Bern.
She was preceded in death by her son, Stephen. Survivors include her husband of 60 years, John; her daughter, Mary M. (Mark) Borckardt of Allen, Texas; her daughter-in-law, Joni Werth of Dawsonville, Ga.; her grandchildren, Mathew, Melissa and Michelle Borckardt, Nicole Adkins and Jennifer Campbell; and four great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held July 6 at 2 p.m. at Swart & Wolfe Funeral Home, 207 E. Central Ave. in West Carrollton, Ohio, followed by burial at Evergreen Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice in Marion Werth’s memory.