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Hovah Hall Underwood
Hovah Hall Underwood
First Lady of West Virginia

January 13, 1997 - January 15, 2001
Rachael Worby
Sandra Casber Wise

January 14, 1957 - January 16, 1961
Valerie Allen Marland
Opal Barron
Personal details
Born(1919-04-12)April 12, 1919
Grantsville, West Virginia
DiedSeptember 24, 2004(2004-09-24) (aged 85)
Charleston, West Virginia
NationalityAmerican
Known forFirst lady of West Virginia, 1957-61 & 1997-2001

Hovah Hall Underwood (April 12, 1919 - September 24, 2004) was an American from West Virginia. She was a Methodist.[1][2] She was the wife of former Governor of West Virginia Cecil H. Underwood and served as that state's First Lady 1957-1961 and 1997-2001.

Biography

Hovah Hall Underwood was born on April 12, 1919, in Grantsville, West Virginia.[1][2] During her schooling, she became an accomplished musician, playing the piano and saxophone fluently and later giving private lessons. She graduated in 1937 from Grantsville High School.[2]

She graduated with an A.B. Degree from Salem College in Salem, West Virginia, and a Certificate in Social Work from West Virginia University.[1][2] Underwood went on to teach at Grantsville Grade School, later working at a defense plant during World War II before serving ten years as a child welfare employee.[1][2]

While at Salem College, she met her future husband, Cecil H. Underwood, through her two sisters when they were classmates.[2] They were wed on July 25, 1948, at Knotts Methodist Church in Grantsville.[2]

Underwood served as first lady to her husband who was Governor of West Virginia from 1957 until 1961 and from 1997 until 2001.[3][4] She supported and assisted with a variety of causes, including Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, the Huntington Museum of Art, Marshall University Artist Series, the United Methodist Church Foundation, and America's Promise.[1][2] She was a member of various organizations, including Daughters of the American Revolution, Governor's Mansion Preservation Foundation, West Virginia Symphony League and the American Association of Social Workers.[1][2]

She died on September 24, 2004,[5][2] aged 85, from complications of a stroke.[6] Her body was donated to Marshall University's Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine.[7]

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f White, Mary. "Hovah H. Underwood Children's Home". Children's Home Society of West Virginia.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Hova Underwood". Calhoun Chronicle. September 24, 2004.
  3. ^ "Cecil Harland Underwood". West Virginia Archives and History. 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-10-09.
  4. ^ "West Virginia's First Ladies," West Virginia Division of Culture and History, June 2007.
  5. ^ Kabler, Phil (November 25, 2008). "Former Gov. Underwood dead". Charleston Gazette. Archived from the original on December 6, 2008.
  6. ^ "West Virginia mourns Underwood". Herald-Dispatch. November 24, 2008.
  7. ^ "W.Va. pays tribute to Underwood". Associated Press. December 1, 2008.
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Valerie Allen Marland
First Lady of West Virginia
1957-1961
Succeeded by
Opal Wilcox Barron
Preceded by
Rachael Worby
First Lady of West Virginia
1997-2001
Succeeded by
Sandra Casber Wise

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