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         Born Hovah Hall April 12, 1919 in Grantsville, the daughter of the late Roche C. and Docia Betts Hall. Her compassion and concern for others led her to earn an AB Degree from Salem College and a degree in Social Work from West Virginia University. Mrs. Underwood taught at Grantsville Grade School and she served 10 years as a child welfare worker in northern West Virginia counties. Her early career in social work, in which she actively helped foster children, fueled her interest in programs for early intervention, for children removed from their homes and for after-school activities.
         She actively supported and worked a variety of children's causes such as Starting Points, a network of neighborhood resource centers for parents of young children, she was on the board of Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Cammack Children's Center, Huntington Museum of Art, Marshall University Artist Series, the United Methodist Foundation, and America's Promise. She was a member of United Methodist Women, Charleston Garden Club, Governor's Mansion Preservation Foundation, Daughters of the
American Revolution, Delta Kappa Gamma Society, Kanawha County Republican Women, West Virginia Republican Women, Charleston Women's Club, West Virginia Symphony League, Hadassah of Charleston, Breast Cancer Awareness, Kids Count, American Association of Social Workers and was an avid supporter of Women's Day at the Legislature.
         The qualities which most endure are the memories people leave behind, and she will long be remembered as a person who, while being tiny in stature was mighty in spirit, gracious and intelligent, supportive and caring of her family and husband, yet not afraid to state her own opinion, a person of wonderful humor and possessing a great love of life.
It is for these reasons and more that we seek to create this living memorial for all time. Long after each of us move on from this life...

         ...The Hovah H. Underwood Children's Home will be a beacon, a guiding light for children who have lost their way.

Sponsoring a room like the one above is a good way to leave a lasting memorial to a loved one.
How you can help?
         Donations are being accepted in memory of the late First Lady. These donations will be used to pay down the debt incurred in the construction of the Children’s Home.
         You can sponsor one of sevenbedrooms, the living room, the children’s study, the muti-purpose room, the kitchen, reception area and many more.          Each sponsorship comes with a plaque designating that room in memory of your loved one or after yourself.

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