Roberta Joan Burnside Lough

Roberta Joan Burnside Lough, 86, of Kincheloe Road, Jane Lew passed away peacefully, at 10:42 p.m., on Wednesday, June 7, 2017, in the comfort of her daughter’s home, with loving family by her side. They extend their deepest gratitude and appreciation to WV Hospice for their support and compassionate care, as Joan slipped into the twilight as a result of Alzheimer’s.

She was born in Kincheloe on July 5, 1930, a daughter of the late Ernest Robert Burnside and Lela Grace Halterman Burnside.

On February 2, 1948, she married Francis Junior Lough and they celebrated 68 years of marriage before his passing on December 24, 2016. They spent each morning reading daily devotionals together, and looked forward to this special time together.

Her witty, loving spirit will be carried on by her seven children: Cathy Donnellan of Jane Lew, Sheri Jacobs and husband, Dave, of Jane Lew, David Lough and wife, Florence, of Clarksburg, Robin Everitt and husband, Bill, of Jane Lew, Brian Lough and wife, Dianne, of Jane Lew, Kevin Lough and wife, Mary, of Fairmont, and Steven Lough and wife, Carla, of Fairmont; eleven grandchildren: Joy Dean, Jamie and Chad Jacobs, Chuck and Joe Lough, Amanda Barclay and Autumn Miller, Shasta Lough, Jacob and Caleb Lough, and Kayla Lough; 21 great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and her beloved cat, Precious, who was always by her side.

In addition to her parents and husband, she will be reunited in Heaven with her siblings: Robert Gene Burnside, Ernest Ray Burnside, and Ruth Gregory.

Joan worked as an administrative clerk at the United Hospital Center for 11 years. With a smile and wit that lit up a room, she especially enjoyed the sing-a-longs at family gatherings, and writing poetry, with her favorite being, “Day & Life of a Dutiful Wife.” She was a fabulous cook and everyone will miss her giant cookies and homemade rolls. Her grandchildren were the light of her life, and she treasured every moment spent rocking them to sleep. Joan lived a life built upon a strong foundation of faith and devotion, and she was a member of the Church of Christ in Clarksburg.

Friends and family will gather at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Rd. in Jane Lew, from 4-8 p.m., on Monday, June 12, 2017. Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, at Pat Boyle Funeral Home Chapel with Evangelist Perry Henegar and Evangelist Darrell Henderson officiating. Interment will follow in the WV National Cemetery in Grafton.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 1299 Pineview Drive, Morgantown, WV 26505, or visit

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