The Fort Belleville Cemetery in Belleville, WV will be cared for with help from a new endowment fund created at the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation (PACF) by the late Mary Flinn Seligman.
Mary grew up in Belleville, WV, graduated from Parkersburg
High School, and trained at St. Joseph Hospital School of Nursing as a
registered nurse. She proudly served during World War II as a Navy nurse
holding the rank of lieutenant and earning the Victory Medal, American Campaign
Medal, and the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal. Mary worked as a nurse
throughout her life at various hospitals and retired as the Plant Nurse from
the O. Ames Company. After retirement she served her community in various
ways, on the Belpre Tree Commission and for Washington Community Action.
At 80 she was thrilled to accept a job (and loved the uniform) at the Wayne
National Forest Visitor Center. Mary enjoyed knitting hats to sell and
raise money for Fort Belleville Cemetery, a Civil War era cemetery she adopted
and maintained in Belleville, WV.
Mary passed away, at the age of 100, on November 22,
2021. In her estate plans, she left a generous gift to create a support
fund for the Fort Belleville Cemetery. In addition, in lieu of flowers,
she asked friends and family to donate to her fund. Her gift created the
Fort Belleville Cemetery Support Fund, which will make an annual distribution
for the preservation and maintenance of the cemetery.
Persons who wish to make a charitable gift to the Fort
Belleville Cemetery Support Fund can mail a check (payable to the PACF with
fund name on memo line) to PACF, PO Box 1762, Parkersburg, WV 26101-1762 or
Other forms of donation may be made by calling the Foundation’s office at