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Mary J. Donihe

Big Stone Gap, Va.-Mary J. Donihe, 79, of the Olinger community, passed away on Saturday, November 5, 2022, at Heritage Hall Healthcare in Wise, Va.
She was a nurse, seamstress and homemaker for her whole life.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Raymond and Alice Thacker of the Blackwood community of Wise County, Va.; her first husband Gene VanHook; four sisters and three brothers, including her twin, Nina Kilgore.
Surviving are her husband, Everett “Bud” Donihe, of the home; two children, Kim Fisher (John), Mechanicsville, Va. and Dale VanHook, Dayton, Oh.; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews; and three sibilings.
She’ll be deeply missed by all who knew her.
The family will receive friends 5:00pm – 7:00pm on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2022, at Gilliam Funeral Home, 618 Wood Ave., W., Big Stone Gap. The service will follow at 7:00pm with Rev. Bruce Brewer officiating.
A graveside service will be held at 12:00pm on Thursday at Powell Valley Memorial Gardens. The family and friends will meet at the funeral home by 11:20am Thursday to go in procession to the cemetery.
Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.
Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the Donihe family.
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