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April 26, 1926 ~ May 27, 2013
Rayma C. Atkinson Schwartz died at her son's home, just a short distance from where she grew up, on May 27, 2013.
She was born Rayma LaQue Casdorph on April 26, 1926, in Charleston, West Virginia. She was the daughter of John Ohley Casdorph and Etta Lamoreaux Casdorph, and was one of seven children. She was preceded in death by her parents and four of her brothers - John, Caleb, Charlie and Jim. She is survived by her sister, Louise McLaughlin of Charleston, West Virginia, her brother, Oscar Casdorph of Mesa, Arizona, and the following close relatives: Ruthanna Casdorph of Charleston, West Virginia, Kenneth Atkinson of Sandy, Utah, and Glen and Arbutus Pennington of Charleston, West Virginia.
Rayma married David L. Atkinson on June 9, 1945. Rayma devoted her time to her husband and raising their five sons - John, Kenneth (Ned), Steven, Doug and Mark. She is survived by all of her sons and their wives - Sara, Donna, Julia, Christie and Dawn, 24 grandchildren, 47 great-grandchildren, and numerous other friends and relatives. She was also preceded in death by a great-grandchild.
Rayma and David also formed a business partnership. Together, they created several construction and land development companies which resulted in the construction of over 500 homes and numerous subdivisions in the Kanawha Valley, including the Rolling Hills, Laurel Meadows, Shadybrook, and Woodbridge subdivisions.
David preceded her in death on May 16, 1996.
Rayma was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and generously gave of her time and talents in church service. She held numerous positions in the church and supported her husband and children throughout her life in various church callings.
Rayma was particularly passionate about genealogy work and researching the history of the Casdorph family. She wrote and published a book "The Casdorphs-
From Hamburg to the Kanawha Valley" in 1996, which traces the Casdorph family history from 1625 to 1995. She also compiled genealogical data on nearly 50,000 individuals.
On May 14, 2005, Rayma married Douglas E. Schwartz, and they spent eight wonderful years together. She is survived by Douglas and his two daughters, Karen Harmon and Christin Watson.
The family wishes to express its appreciation to the exceptional care given to Rayma by Emily Strickland and several personal caregivers who attended to her needs.
Friends may call on Friday, May 31, 2013, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Wilson Funeral Home. The funeral service will be held Saturday, June 1, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Chapel in Pocatalico, West Virginia, with Bishop John Leithead officiating. Burial will take place at Floral Hills in Pocatalico, West Virginia.
Online guestbook may be accessed at
Wilson Funeral Home, Charleston is in charge of the arrangements.
Published in Salt Lake Tribune on May 31, 2013
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