Emma Jean Stickley

August 27, 1938 - April 3, 2019

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




Jamie Kidwell April 4, 2019

7 condolences for “Emma Jean Stickley”

  1. She was a very special lady …I always loved seeing her come in Dollar General,
    She was loved by all she met…
    She will be missed .
    RIP Emma.. ♥

  2. We both dearly loved Emma Jean. She was a friend to everyone, and always there to help. Mom (Louise) loved to talk to her, so now they are chatting with each other and enjoying the beauty of Heaven, with so many other loved ones there. 2 months to the day separated their deaths. It is hard to adjust to the death of our moms, but I know they are with God now, and no sickness, or pain….only happiness forever. We will see them soon. God bless the family, and give you peace.
    Trudy & Boyd Trenton

  3. Emma Jean was a one of a kind lady, loved to joke around n have fun, so caring for lots people over her lifetime, very active in her church, loved her Lord n all her family n she will be missed by so many friends n loved ones! My thought’s & prayer’s are with each one of you’s at this time n the days ahead!

  4. Prayers for the family. Emma Jean is a long time friend of my(Mayhew)family. She will be remembered with love and kindness. Emma Jean was a sister-in-law to my sister. She will be missed by many. RIP Emma Jean

  5. Thoughts and prayers for all of Emma Jean’s family. What a kind, caring lady she was! Very courageous and positive! My dad ( Herman Biser) and Johnny were best buddies way back in the day! Though we will be away, we are thinking of and keeping all in our prayers. “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted!”

  6. In going through pictures, we saw many pictures of your mom. Thank you so much for your note. Emma so enjoyed connecting with you on a daily basis. Please keep our family in your continued prayers.

  7. Emma Jean, Was the only cousin I had left in my family,even tho it’s been awhile since I had seen her we lived miles apart,we kept in touch over the phone and had many good laughs.I sure will miss her.I know she is at peace now and no pain. Much love goes out to her family. Eleanor “Moe” & Son Tom.

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