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Claire Abolin

Claire Keebaugh Abolin, 95, passed away on July 9, 2021 after a long battle with dementia. The family would like to thank the Memory Care staff and associates of Commonwealth Senior Living Center in Abingdon, VA for their love and care over the last two years. Their excellent daily care and care during the pandemic were exemplary and much appreciated.

Claire was born on October 29, 1925 to Clive C. and Mary Louise (Bahr) Keebaugh in the family home in Sumner, Ohio.

She was a 1942 graduate of Olive-Orange High School. Claire worked at Philip Sporn for Appalachian Power, a division of AEP and retired from there.

Claire enjoyed traveling with her husband Ted, and after his death with her brother Marvin and his family. She was a member of the YWCA in Bristol VA where she enjoyed playing bridge.

Claire is preceded in death by her husband: T.W. (Ted) Abolin; parents: Clive and Mary Louise Keebaugh; her step-daughter: Debbie Goff of Charleston, WV.  

She is survived by her step-children: Nancy Abolin Dunst of Charleston, WV, Craig Roberts Abolin and wife Cynthia Lisa Abolin of Eastsound, WA,  Linda Abolin Perez of Palmyra, VA, and Celeste Rutherford of Lebanon, VA.  She is also survived by her step-grandchildren: Christina Vickers of Charlotte, NC, Jennifer L. Yeaw of Durham, NC, William M. Rutherford and wife Ashley of Midland, NC; and a step great granddaughter Chelsie Crider of Charlotte, NC. Additionally, she is survived by her brother: Marvin Keebaugh and his wife Marjorie of Reedsville, OH, two nieces: Debbi Keebaugh Buck of Ludowici, GA and Tonya (Rick Harker) Keebaugh Balser of Reedsville, OH. She had six great nieces, a great nephew and nine great-great nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 13, in the Ketron Memorial Gardens Mausoleum Chapel with Pastor Randy Cross officiating. Visitation is 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Lebanon Life Saving Crew, 60 S. Church St, Lebanon, VA 24266 or the T.W. (Ted) Abolin Scholarship at the SWCC Educational Foundation, Inc., PO Box 1101 Richlands, VA 24641.

Expressions of sympathy can be made on our Combs-Hess Funeral Service Facebook page. Combs – Hess Funeral Service, 291 Highway 71 Fincastle Road, Lebanon, VA 24266 (276) 889-4444 is serving the Abolin family.


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