Addie Deem Westfall and J. Harold Westfall
Addie Deem Westfall and J. Harold Westfall

Addie Deem Westfall established this scholarship fund to recognize students who have shown an interest in and have contributed services that benefit their neighborhood or community. The fund provides support to graduating seniors from Ritchie County High School who plan to pursue post-secondary education.

Addie was born in Beatrice, WV in 1902. Her family moved to Harrisville in 1910 and resided on the property that is now the North Bend Golf Course. She graduated from Harrisville High School in 1921 and taught school the following year at Smithville. That same year she married J. Harold Westfall. They resided in Smithville until they moved to Harrisville in 1961. Harold died in 1976 and five years later Addie moved to Parkersburg. Their only child Ruth Westfall Bonnett administered the scholarship until 2001.

Many of Addie's activities were related to community services. She organized the Homemakers Club at Smithville and was county secretary for eleven years. She was county president for thirteen years. Addie served as president of the Harrisville Garden Club and was also a member of the Ritchie County DAR and DAP.

In 1948-49 she served as Grand Chief of Pythian Sisters for the state of West Virginia. Later she served as Supreme Representative for the state. She organized a camp, supported by this group, that was held at the Ritchie County 4-H grounds and attended by girls from throughout the state.

Addie was a Past Matron of the Harrisville Eastern Star and a member of the White Shrine. While living in Parkersburg, she continued to support various churches and civic organizations in Ritchie County. She is among those who purchased a light for the Ritchie County High School athletic field.

Addie hoped that by establishing this fund that the students of Ritchie County will benefit for years to come.