Around the House: May 17, 2020

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Mackenzie Polen — who has wanted to be a veterinarian since her grade school days — took graduation photos at her parents’ home in Cross Lanes, recently, in preparation for her graduation from veterinary school. She earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee but the current COVID crisis forced the school to cancel its graduation ceremonies, originally set for Saturday, May 16.

Amelia Shelton, 7, daughter of Joe and Natalie Shelton of Belle, has found ways to enjoy her time despite the quarantine. She played in the rain on Saturday, April 25, and also managed to ride her bike for a socially distant but fun visit with her 92-year-old great-grandmother, Betty Childers.

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Funerals for Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Adams, Mary - 1 p.m., Ohio Valley Memorial Gardens.

Bibbee, Naomi - 1:15 p.m., procession to leave O'Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Bordenet, Effie - 2 p.m., Sunset Memorial Park, South Charleston.

Dorsey, Charles - 11 a.m., Ravenswood Cemetery, Ravenswood; also streaming live, see obituary.

Evans Jr., Frank - 1 p.m., St. Timothy Lutheran Church.

Fleck, Rosia - 2 p.m., Britton Cemetery, Charleston.

Fox, Helen - 2:15 p.m., Beech Grove Cemetery, Eleanor.

Hedrick, William - 1 p.m., Wallace Memorial Cemetery, Clintonville.

Johnson, Barry - Noon, Mt. Moriah Cemetery.

Mathes, Helen - 1 p.m., Morris Funeral Home, Cowen.

McClure, Karen - 11 a.m., East Lawn Cemetery, Canvas.

Mikeal, Chelsea - 1 p.m., Hafer Funeral Home, Elkview.

Parog, Drema - Noon, Mt. Tabor Church of God, St. Albans.