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Dorothy ‘Dottie’ Anne (Byard) Thomas, 70, of Wheeling, WV, died Friday August 26, 2022 at Trinity West Hospital, Steubenville, OH.

She was born on January 1, 1952, the daughter of the late William and Alice May (Nesbitt) Byard.

Dottie retired as director of the Ohio County Public Library after 25 years. She was a graduate of the old West Liberty State College, where she received degrees in English and history and earned her master’s degree in library science from the University of Pittsburgh. Her love of reading was immeasurable, she was an animal lover, devoted herself to many different charities and was a dedicated member of St Vincent de Paul Catholic Church where she served for many years as as a member of the RCIA team. She shared her unwavering faith and incredible biblical knowledge with those studying Catholicism with the intention of joining the Catholic Church.

Our hearts are heavy with the loss of our most generous mother, grandmother and friend, she was loved by so many. She was the embodiment of a life lived in the image of Christ, may the light of her life shine upon us all.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her two brothers, Bruce and Drew Naylor and her grandson, Carson Thomas.

Surviving are his children, Jennifer (Steve) Riedel, Benjamin Thomas, Luke (Ashley) Thomas and Andrew (Oksana) Thomas, all of Wheeling; sisters, Nance Phillips of Ohio and Sue Sanders of Arizona and eight grandchildren, Sarah Riedel, Josie Riedel, Isaac Riedel, Isabelle Thomas, Abby Thomas, Emily Thomas, Olivia Thomas and Ian Thomas, all of Wheeling.

Friends will be received on Wednesday, August 31, 2022 at Altmeyer Funeral Home, Wheeling Chapel, 1400 Eoff Street, from 6-8 p.m.

The Christian funeral mass will take place on Thursday, September 1, 2022 at 10:30 a.m. at the Saint-Vincent de Paul Catholic Church with Mgr. Paul Hudock as celebrant.

Interment will follow at Halcyon Hills Memorial Gardens, Sherrard.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church.

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