Alberta Maxine Corwin Gruver, 103, passed away Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013.
Born March 12, 1909, in Dayton, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Gussie and Raymond Corwin.
Mrs. Gruver, affectionately known as "Bert," was active in partnership with her husband in ministries serving United Brethren Evangelical United Brethren Churches (UB/EUB) in Virginia and West Virginia. During her extremely active life, Mrs. Gruver served the church community on a local denominational, as well as state and national multidenominational levels.
Though not one to expect accolades or acknowledgment for her service, Mrs. Gruver was excited to be invited and participate in the United Nations Church Center, in which she studied with women from around the world. She was invited by President John F. Kennedy to participate in discussions at the White House addressing the civil rights issues facing the country. She was presented with the Certificate of Merit for Distinguished Service by the West Virginia Council of Churches in 1986.
After retiring with her husband in Shepherdstown, W.Va., she became active in the Baltimore-Washington United Methodist Conference, volunteered for Friends of Reeders Nursing Home in Boonsboro, Md., and was active in migrant ministries in Virginia and West Virginia.
She enjoyed cooking, teaching arts and crafts, caning chairs, upholstering furniture, being a PASS volunteer, helping at C-Cap and sewing. She loved traveling, being with family and swimming well into her 80s. She encouraged others to stay active, work with their hands as much as possible and to read.
She is survived by her daughter, Joan Roach and husband, Doug, of Martinsburg, W.Va.; her son, Jacob Gruver and wife, Carol, of Falling Waters, W.Va.; eight grandchildren, Dana Smiles and husband, Bob, Stan Roach and wife, Sarah, Steve Roach and wife, Tina, Scott Roach and wife, Linda, Terry Rotunda and husband, Joe, David Gruver and wife, Michele, Paula Browning and husband, Buck, and Rene Prichard; great-grandchildren, Bobby, David, Shannon, Sammie, Crystal, Josiah, Jason, Matt, Marlina, Anthony, Alec, Maggie, Maria, Molly, Brittany, Emma, Madelyn and Sarah; and great-great-grandchildren, including Alivia and Shiloh.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. J Paul Gruver, in 1983. Also preceding her in death were her brothers, Bob, Ken and Bill Corwin.
Alberta donated her body to West Virginia University's Human Gift Registry for medical research.
A memorial service will be Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, at 1 p.m. at Otterbein United Methodist Church, Martinsburg.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to United Methodist Committee on Relief, P.O. Box 9068, New York, NY 10087 or onIine at www.UMCOR.org. Donations can also be made to a charity of choice.