Dorothy Eileen “Pat” (Hatcher) Wesley
Dorothy Eileen “Pat” (Hatcher) Wesley, 94, of Belmont, Ohio, passed over Sunday, August 8, 2021 in Wheeling, WV with family by her side. She was born at Chestnut Level, near Belmont, Ohio on September 14, 1926 to the late Louis E and Mildred V (White) Hatcher.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sons, John Gregory Wesley & Richard Kelly Wesley, a Granddaughter Heather Dawn Wesley, Great Granddaughter Chyra Lynn McGuire, daughter-in-law Bonnie K. Vermillion, husbands Homer L Vermillion & Robert L Wesley, four brothers and a sister.
She is survived by daughter Robyn L Castello, sons Harold L “Rusty” Vermillion, and Robert Michael Vermillion, grandchildren Matthew (Stacy) Castello, Danielle (Adam) Hamrick, Stacy (Roy) Smith, Robert Vermillion, Brett Vermillion, and Cody Wesley; great-grandchildren Luke, Peyton, and Kennedy Castello, Haley, Andrew, and Conner Smith, Rhett and Everlee Hamrick, three sisters, and her loving, 4-legged companion Tiki.
Pat was well known around Horse people having been a member of the Belmont County Saddle Club for many years. She raised, broke, and sold many pleasure horses to families throughout the area. She was a skilled rider and a fierce competitor in the contest ring having acquired a wall full of trophies and ribbons for her efforts. She made many hundreds of friends while traveling throughout the tristate area to enjoy numerous, extended trail rides that she and her children routinely participated in. Her love of horses was passed on to her children who were always ringside during her many barrel race contests. She loved sharing stories about sleeping in the barn with her children next to her while watching over a mare in anticipation of the pending birth of a foal. These were truly special and magical moments for them all. Her greatest pleasure was derived from her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren visiting her. A noisy and busy house was music to her ears.
Pat also enjoyed gardening and sharing her fresh produce with family, friends, neighbors, and especially families in need. Her generosity also extended to gathering clothing that her children had outgrown and quietly passing it on to families desperately in need. With family, she recently began discussing the many times out-of-work men would stop for a handout of food and water while passing by on foot along route 40 before the interstate was built. After a while, these poor souls became known, even by her children, as they learned that Pat was indeed a very generous woman who never denied a request for food or water during some of the more difficult years in the 1950s and 1960s. She joked that her house must be marked somehow by these men since her home was a regular stop for them during warm weather months.
Pat worked many jobs from the time she was a young girl; from processing chickens in a small Belmont business, to working for the Department of Transportation maintaining traveler’s rest stops along old US Route 40 and successfully operating her own trucking company moving coal throughout the region. She was extremely gifted intellectually and encouraged her children and grandchildren to never stop learning; which in turn, propelled many of them into college and successful careers.
Pat’s family would like to thank the following people and organizations: Jim and Sue Patron for assisting the family during this time and especially for the kindness they have shown to our family over the years, the Nurses, Aids, and staff at Liza’s Place for their kindness and professional assistance, and especially Dr. Robert J Fanning, Jr. who treated our mother with tremendous personal care, great patience and understanding. In honoring Pat’s wishes, a memorial service will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family.
For those wishing to honor Pat’s life, they may do so by donating to the Breaking Free Therapeutic Riding Center. An organization that empowers individuals with diverse challenges through unique equine-assisted therapeutic experiences. More information may be obtained by visiting: https://breakingfreeriding.org.
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