Ethelyn Ware Fannings, 90, of Charleston, formerly of Chicago, Ill., passed away at Heartland of Charleston on Oct. 21, 2003. She was born in Lafayette, Ala., May 22, 1913, to Robert “Bob” Ware and Corrine Hawkins Ware. She attended public schools in LaFayette and Alabama State College in Montgomery, Ala. She taught in the primary schools in Chambers County, Ala., until her marriage in 1941, to Collins Fannings of Chicago. No children were born to the marriage. Ethelyn resided in Chicago for 56 years until she moved to Charleston in 1997. She was preceded in death by her parents, spouse and brothers, John Marcus Ware and Robert Ware Jr.; sisters, Hattie Dell Ware Fannings and Izetta Ware Matthews; brothers-in-law, Virgil Matthews and Raymond Fannings; nephews, John Marcus Ware Jr. and Raymond Ware Fannings; nieces Barbara Ware and Eugenie Ware Lorrain. She is survived by her nephew, Virgil E. Matthews of Charleston, who lived with her and her husband from the age of 14 in 1943 until he moved to Charleston in 1954; nieces, Izetta Karp of Long Beach, Calif., and Shirley McFatridge Matthews of Charleston; grandnephews, Brian K. Matthews of Charleston, Michael A. Matthews and wife, Patricia of Columbus, Ohio, Oliver Karp of Woodland Hills, Calif., Stefan Karp of Van Nuys, Calif., and Jeffrey Fannings of Chicago; grandnieces, Deborah Matthews of Nashville, Tenn., Emily Fannings and Janet Fannings Gray of Chicago; and the children of Janet Gray, Jeffrey Fannings, Stefan Karp and Brian Matthews. Her special friend, Doris Gosten of Chicago, also survives her. She will be fondly remembered by family and friends. There will be no service. At her request, her body was donated to the Human Gift Registry at West Virginia University Medical School, Morgantown, W.Va. The family would like to extend thanks to all who assisted Ethelyn during her stays at Quarry Manor, Arthur B. Hodges Nursing Home and Heartland.
Source: Charleston Gazette (WV) – Friday, October 24, 2003