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By Staff | Dec 14, 2012

Jeanne Hancock Dodson, 88, died Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012 in Shepherdstown.

Born Aug. 7, 1924 in Fort Worth, Tex., , Jeanne was a life-long entertainer, who had a rewarding career as a dancer, actress and radio personality.

A graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Manhattan, she appeared in many stage productions in New York and in her native Texas. As a dancer, Jeanne toured the East Coast with the company she founded with Johnny Conrad. After returning to Texas, she co-hosted a radio program on KXOL in Fort Worth, where in 1948 she won a Billboard Music Award for her writing on the radio show, “Pianorama.” She later hosted a popular morning radio program for KGTN in Georgetown, Tex.

In her later years, Jeanne found her passion for volunteer work and was actively involved in promoting and preserving the history of the West. As volunteer director of the Chisholm Trail Museum in Waurika, OK, she was named “Volunteer of the Decade” by the state of Oklahoma and was honored with two Department of Human Service State Volunteer Awards.

Jeanne is survived by her son, John Dodson; daughters Mary (Tib) Campise, Sally McKee and Laura Melton; seven grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held December 21 at 11:00 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Shepherdstown. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the ASPCA or to Public Television.

Arrangements are by the Giffin Funeral Home in Capon Bridge, WV.

To sign the online guest book please visit www.giffinfuneralhome.com