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Mountain Scene: Women of Washington Street in Service

When I say, “service” you say…………. ? Look up the word and many definitions will surface. My favorite definition is “service: the contribution to the welfare of others”. Service is everywhere in our daily lives, yet it takes ritual and social pressure for many of us to acknowledge, appreciate and demonstrate gratitude for so many who contribute to our welfare.

Well, yes, many situations call for “tips”. Some of us struggle over “When, Why and How much?” Sometimes people are paid for service and get ignored yet their M.O. every workday is to “contribute to the welfare of others”.

Then there’s armed service, public service, volunteer service, political service, self-service, etc.

Washington Street and our Greenbrier Valley Community exemplify, celebrate and take “SERVICE” to a whole new level. The appropriate response is, “Thank you!”

Louise Peltier and Becky Tipton are Aides at our beautiful Greenbrier County Library on the hill.

Other women who serve all of us at the library are: Ann Farr (Director), Christy Carver ( Assistant Director) and Aides, Joyce LaRue, Donna Kellison, Debbie Montgomery, and Rebecca Boone




Lewisburg United Methodist Women

This group of women serves our greater community in extraordinary and very necessary ways. They provide for all of us by caring for those in need and making service an active lifestyle. So much gratitude! President Jeanie Wyatt.  Vice-President Barbara Shiley. Secretary Suzanne Criddle Treasurer Karen Anderson.

Pictured above: Jeanie Wyatt, Brenda Spencer, Linda Spencer, Jenny Curry, Sheryl Hulmes, Claudia Harris

Pictured left: Sherry Brown, Becky Hinzman, Georgia Hayes, Eleanor Porterfield, Marguerite Wyatt, Judy Humphreys, Suzanne Criddle


Cathey Crowell Sawyer, producing artistic director. Cathey is in her 27th season as Producing Artistic Director of Greenbrier Valley Theatre. She is an innovator, icon and a Greenbrier Valley treasure. Her determination and talent have graced our community theater for well over two decades!







The Child and Youth Advocacy Center provides guidance, protection, and help to children and families affected by abuse. Just one of so many organizations serving women, children and families in our town





Lynn Creamer, Carnegie Hall, is currently Artistic Director. She has held positions at the Hall for almost 20 years serving the community. Women rule at Carnegie Hall as you can see by the staff directory.

Sara Crickenberger is the Executive Director. Anne Bowling is Development Director. Ivy Cohernour is the Database Manager and Rental Coordinator. Tammy Janz is Finance Officer. Ali Johnston is Marketing Director. Jessica Shayan is the Development Associate. Leah Trent is Education Director. Kiersten White is a Preserve WV Americorps Member.

Great gratitude to all these women for keeping the arts alive in the Greenbrier Valley!



Arri Clark, server and barback at Stardust Cafe. Arri is one of the many women who serve beverages, food and smiles on Washington Street.








Toni Ogden is the Curator and Education Director of Greenbrier Historical Society & North House Museum. She is currently the Interim Executive Director and works alongside Carolyn Strealy, Finance Officer





Shannon Patrick-Beatty, Lewisburg City Recorder, Judge for America in Bloom serves our community in many ways.

“As the Lewisburg in Bloom Coordinator, I help coordinate the beautification efforts downtown with the Garden Clubs, Lewisburg in Bloom, the Merchants Association and The City of Lewisburg.”

– Shannon Patrick-Beatty

Shannon is also a vendor at the Lewisburg Farmers Market with Sensorium Herbals, her private business. Many in the community benefit from her medicinal skills.


Greenbrier Valley Convention & Visitor’s Center

These lovely ladies are here to inform you and visitors about where, what and how to enjoy our beautiful town and county. Pay them a visit!

Mary Cole Deitz- Visitors Center Manager, Delilah Dixon-Office Manager, Maudee Montgomery-Information Specialist




– Diana Hunt, HashtagWV #103. July 2018.

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