On Sept. 10, Betty Ralston retired as leader of the Ronceverte Presbyterian Church Women’s Circle (a study and service group) after 50 years of service. Rev. Stephen Baldwin recognized her ministry on behalf of the congregation during worship, praising her for her service and dedication.
At a reception afterwards, Baldwin presented Ralston with a certificate of appreciation, yellow roses, and a gift certificate to the Edgarton Café from her Circle members. Her daughters Phyllis Allen and Kathy McMahan (as well as husband Mike) attended along with the congregation.
Ralston was born in Youngstown, OH, and lived there until her family moved to Ronceverte in 1952. As a member of Ronceverte Presbyterian Church ever since, she has been a deacon, elder, choir member, Sunday School teacher, liturgist, head usher, treasurer of the Circle and Circle leader. She said the only thing she hasn’t done in the church is preach. When asked why not at her reception, she said, “Because I want all these people to stay in the church!”
In addition to her church activities, Ralston participates in a bowling league, volunteers and assists her neighbors on a daily basis. She worked 29 years at the First National Bank and remains active in the Ronceverte Women’s Club and the Friends of the Ronceverte Library.
Carolyn Bryant will now assume leadership of the Circle. At the reception she thanked Ralston for her leadership and invited her to give a speech. Ralston told those in attendance, “If there was anything going on at church, I didn’t miss it. I love my church family.”
Ronceverte Presbyterian Church is located at 261 Locust Street in Ronceverte. They belong to the Presbyterian Church (USA) and hold worship at 11 a.m. on Sundays. For more information, visit www.RoncevertePres.org or call 304-647-4400.