Emma Jean Stickley, age 80, of Purgitsville, WV passed away peacefully while receiving care at Winchester Medical Center on Wednesday, April 3, 2019. Emma was born on August 27, 1938 to the late Harry and Hazel (Arnold) Keister.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John Kenneth Stickley, on January 22, 2009. Also preceding her in death were her two brothers, Kermit and Robert “Bob” Keister. Emma was the last surviving member of her immediate family.
Emma was a 1956 graduate of Romney High School. She was previously employed at Coffman Fisher and Western Auto in Romney, WV for many years. She also worked part-time at the Junction Post Office. The joy of her life was providing care and love for her “kids”, Carol, Justin, Susan, Tara, Brandon, Logan, and Darian. Emma greeted everyone with a smile and her sense of humor was contagious. She will be remembered for her caring heart and compassion for others. Emma truly never met a stranger and became an instant friend to those she encountered.
Emma was a member of the Mt. Olive United Methodist Church, where she was the former treasurer, member of the choir, and a member of the United Methodist Women’s Organization. She was also a past poll member at the Mill Creek Ruritan Club and past member of the former Purgitsville Homemakers Club.
Surviving are her two sons and their wives, Kenneth and Ellen Stickley and Gregory and Maggie Stickley. Also surviving are her grandchildren, Justin Stickley and significant other Melissa Davy; Brandon Stickley and wife Samantha; Logan Stickley and significant other Sabrina Snyder; and Darian Hamilton and husband Austin. Also surviving is one great grandson, Maddox, and another great grandson expected any day, Rhett Douglas Stickley. She is also survived by her brother and sisters-in-law: Daphne Fletcher; Michael Stickley and wife Elaine; Gene Stickley and wife Fran; Sharon High and husband Tom; and Joyce Mauck and husband Jim. She was known as “Aunt Emma” to numerous nieces and nephews who she loved very much. Emma is also survived by her two fur babies and guardian angels, Homer and Precious.
Friends will be received on Friday, April 5, 2019 from 4-8 PM at Shaffer Funeral Home in Romney. Services will be conducted at the funeral home on Saturday, April 6, 2019 at 11:00 AM, with the family receiving friends at 10 AM. Officiating will be Reverend Joseph E. Gerstell and Reverend Wade Zirk. Interment will follow at Elijah High Cemetery, Purgitsville, WV.
The family requests that expressions of sympathy be made to the Mount Olive United Methodist Church ~ PO Box 471 ~ Romney, WV 26757 or to the Hampshire County Animal Control ~ 142 Twin Oak Rd. ~ Paw Paw, WV 25434
Please direct inquires to Shaffer Funeral Home, 304.822.3511