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February 24, 2014

ETHA ALTIZER Etha Stalnaker Altizer, also know as E., Nana and Grand Nana, left her earthly cares behind on February 24, 2014, surrounded by family and friends. She was born March 25, 1937 in Alleghany County to Gideon and Elsie Ryder Stalnaker. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by the father of her children, Herman D. "Buzzy" Altizer; two brothers, Charles Stalnaker and Lewis Stalnaker and a sister Jeraldine Farley. Etha was employed for 23 years as a CNA for the former C & O Hospital in Clifton Forge and retired form Alleghany Regional Hospital. Surviving are her children, a son Douglas W. Altizer and his wife Barbara of Clifton Forge; two daughters, Julie L. Altizer and her partner Paula Lindsay of Buena Vista and Susan M. Altizer of Covington. Susie along with her son, Ian , lived with and provided special care for their mother and grandmother. Other grandchildren are Doug Altizer, Jr. and his wife, Heidi of Covington and Mary Beth Altizer of Charlottesville; Great Grandchildren, Hunter Higgins; Gage Higgins; Emma Allen and Mackenlee Altizer ; one brother, Whitey Stalnaker of Clifton Forge; three sisters, Opal Powell of Clifton Forge; Maxine Lockhart of Lynchburg and Frances Johnson of Gloucester and several cousins, including Betty Ryder May of New Hope. Etha was blessed by several dear friends, Lou Hubble of Covington and James "Cheese " Smith of Covington; care takers, Heather Boone Roberts ,Marsha Griffith and Heather Clark. In keeping with her wishes, her body has been cremated. Memorial Information The family suggests that memorial donations in Etha's name may be made to Mountain Regional Hospice, P.O. Box 637, Clifton Forge, VA 24422.
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