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Britny Nicole Pavan

December 21, 1984 — August 18, 2023

Britny Nicole Pavan of Moorefield, WV went home to be with her Lord Jesus on Friday August 18th at 9:00 a.m., quietly in her home, surrounded by her family and her beloved dog Bella.

How do you sum up the life of a young woman who was loved so much by everyone who knew her?

From the moment that Britny was born, it was obvious that God had created a very special child, whose life would touch the lives of others in a far reaching and impacting way.  Britny's life was filled with doctors appointments, surgeries and rehabilitation facilities.  Her family finally stopped counting the surgeries she endured at 80+.  These came about  as a result of Britny being born with Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus.   She had multiple shunts implanted and endured frequent seizures.  Every day she dealt with the effects of having a colostomy, a  feeding tube, a urostomy and the need of braces and a walker for mobility.  This was due to the paralysis caused by the Spina Bifida. Towards the end, she used a wheelchair and then became confined to her bed.  Regardless, she always tried to keep a smile on her face, which many people have have shared that they remember most about Britny.

One of the very last things that Britny said to her mom and step-dad was that none of these things mattered to her, if, as a result of the pain and suffering, someone would be able to see Jesus through her attitude and her actions, and that she would be able to encourage someone else who was sick or hurting.  She would seek out other children in the hospital to try to help, and one time, even taught another little girl how to perform a very important procedure that both girls had to go through multiple times daily.  She helped to change the little girls life that day, as well as the life of her mother.  That was just one of the many ways that Britny tried to reach out.

The doctors and nurses who knew Britny were continually amazed by her determination to keep fighting no matter what.  Many times, they tried to prepare. Britny and her parents for her inevitable passing, with which Britny would kindly remind them that  "she was going nowhere until it was God's time for her to go"!

Britny loved all of her family fiercely, including her little chihuahua Bella Rose, who was the light of her life, and who also had a wardrobe of clothing that would rival any woman's closet.

She loved music and singing hymns about her Lord Jesus.  Many of her evenings were spent with her Grandmother Haines, listening to gospel singers, and Britny would have every word committed to memory.

Britny was able to take her "dream trip" to Walt Disney World, due to the kind and selfless efforts of the staff of the "Make A Wish Foundation".  While there, she was able to meet her favorite princess, Cinderella, who made Britny feel like she was the "real princess".  We are so thankful to the people at Make a Wish for their kindness and generosity!

Britny attended Moorefield Elementary and Moorefield High School, where she graduated.  Her very favorite teacher was Mrs. Maddie Vance her 3rd grade teacher.  She also loved Mr. Hukill who homeschooled her for a long period of time.  

Britny had many friends who loved her and treated her kindly throughout her school years.   Sometimes if people don't understand a disability they can be fearful to get too close.  We are so thankful for each one of you who included Britny as one of your friends and made her feel like she was no different.

Britny's most beloved friends were Jennifer Sions and Kimberly Bridwell, who remained her treasured friends her whole life.

Britny's favorite accomplishment in her life was her ability to take a position at Walmart, in Moorefield, as a Greeter.  There was nothing that Britny loved more than meeting new people and sending a smile their way.  She was so proud of this accomplishment in her life, and we will always be thankful and appreciative to all of her kind friends at Walmart who made her feel welcomed, loved and safe.

Britny was preceded in death by her grandfather Larry Haines of Romney, her grandparents Glenn and Avelene Bergdoll of Moorefield, grandfather, Jerry Spelbring of Indiana and grandfather, Stanley Vetter of Moorefield.

Britny is survived by her mother, Carla Bergdoll and step-father Rick Bergdoll, father Jeff Pavan and step-mother Gail Pavan, grandmother, Carolyn Haines, who lived with and helped care for Britny for many years, grandmother Phyllis Spelbring of Indiana and grandmother Delores Vetter of Moorefield.  Britny's step-brother Nathan Bergdoll was a special light in her life as was his wife Kirstie and their son Cooper Dice Bergdoll, Britny's nephew.  Her aunt Marcy Shore of North Carolina held a very special place in her heart, and shared her love of mining for gemstones, and her uncle Larry Haines Jr. and wife Glenda of North Carolina who also shared special memories  both at the beach and at her home.  Her aunt Glenda Bishoff and husband Roger made Britny's beach dreams happen every year, and she loved them so much for that. Britny had a special love for her Uncle Nick Bishoff, wife Jennifer and son Seth Bishoff who gifted her with her  dearly loved purple teddy bear, "Seth Bear" who was by Britny's side through countless surgeries.  Britny's cousins Amy Shore, Jenny Shore, Christiana Shore and Micah Shore all of Tennessee, were some of the brightest lights in her life and the time and memories spent with them were some of the most special in her life.

Also a special part of Britny's life were memories of time spent with uncle David Spelbring and wife aunt Sandy and their children Jessica Jacob, Wesley and 

Alexa, as well as her aunt Jean Delph, Uncle Earl Delph and cousins Joshua, Adam and Breanna.

Britny had a countless list of relatives and loved ones and we pray that none have been omitted.

The impact of the life that Britny lived is both profound and far reaching, and she leaves behind a legacy of faith, strength, determination and love.  She is with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ now, completely whole, and walking for the very first time on streets of gold.

Funeral Services will be conducted 1:00 PM Tuesday, August 22, 2023, at the Fraley Funeral Home Chapel, 107 Washington Street with Pastor Rick Bergdoll officiant. Interment will follow in the Olivet Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 11:00 AM until time of service on Tuesday.

Copyright © 2023 Fraley Funeral Home, LLC.

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