Doris Jean Luzader, née Bolyard | News, Sports, Jobs


Doris Jean Luzader, née Bolyard, was born December 8, 1922 to Josephine Belle (DeMoss) Bolyard and Charles Troy Bolyard of Grafton, West Virginia.

Doris Jean grew up in Grafton, attending local elementary schools and graduating from Grafton High School in 1940.

She attended First United Brethren Church (later EUB), where she met her future husband, John Frank Luzader, the son of the church’s pastor, Rev. Lois R. Luzader.

She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Salem College in 1944 and taught science and Latin at Rowlesburg High School until January 9, 1945, when she married Private 1st. John F. Luzader class on his return from the European theater of war.

Over the following years, Doris Jean and John Frank lived in Austin and San Antonio, Texas, Salem, West Virginia, Hampton and Manassas, Virginia, Sharpsburg, Maryland, Cambridge and Schuylerville, New York, and Golden, Colorado . After moving to a new community, Doris Jean became actively involved in the music ministry of the local Episcopal Church as an organist and choir director. She gave private music lessons in her homes in Virginia and Colorado giving many young people their first piano and organ instruction. She received a master’s degree in music education from American University. She taught high school science and Latin and elementary school in Virginia.

The Luzaders loved to travel and visit historic sites, especially in Europe. While living in scenic Colorado, Doris Jean became an amateur photographer.

Wherever she lived and traveled, Doris Jean was a proud West Virginia and never missed an opportunity to extol the virtues of her home state.

She and John Frank moved to Bridgeport, West Virginia in April 2005, where she resided before moving to Colonial Place in Elkins in 2015.

She was predeceased by her brothers, Charles Dana Bolyard, Roy Vance Bolyard and John Kenneth Bolyard; her sister, Opal Elizabeth Heffner; and by her husband, John Frank Luzader.

She is survived by her children, Alice C. Cade (Jay) of Woodbridge, Virginia, John CF Luzader (Lynda) of Loveland. Colorado, and David MC Luzader from Cheyenne, Wyoming; and by her grandchildren, Shannon Mills, Heather Petersen and Jennifer Luzader-Umbach.

She is also survived by eight great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, October 12, 2021, at Grace Episcopal Church in Elkins.

Interment will follow, alongside her husband, at West Virginia National Cemetery near Pruntytown, West Virginia.

Masks and social distancing are recommended for those attending the service.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Music Department at Elkins High School, 100 Kennedy Drive, Elkins, WV 26241 in memory of Ms. Luzader.

The Tomblyn Funeral Home of Elkins is in charge of the arrangements for Doris Jean Luzader.

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