2017-11-08 / Obituaries

Vanita Margurette Staley, 99

Vanita Margurette Staley, age 99 formally of Eminence, went to be with the Lord November 1, 2017.

Vanita was born August 29, 1918 in Martinsville, Indiana to the late Paul C. and Ruth P. (Rosenbalm) Johnson. She married Ivel B. Staley September 7, 1935 and he preceded her in death on January 22, 2000.

Vanita moved to Eminence from Indianapolis with her parents at the age of six and spent the rest of her life in the Eminence community. A member of the Eminence Baptist Church, she served in various offices, was a junior class Sunday school teacher and was clerk of the church for many years. She also served as clerk of the Whitelick American Baptist Association. In recent years, she had attended First Baptist Church in Plainfield and was active in the work of American Baptist Women. Mrs. Staley was a 50-year member, past Worthy Matron and past Secretary of Eminence Chapter #546 O.E.S. She was council Treasurer of the Martinsville Bethel of Job’s Daughters when her daughters were active in that organization.

Mrs. Staley had traveled with her husband in all 50 states and 17 countries.

She is survived by her son, Gary Staley; daughter, Sandra Shuler; brother, Nick Johnson; six grandchildren, Kathy Jeffries Stroempl, Jeff Shuler, Dan Shuler, Mike Shuler, Joshua Staley, Jaymes Staley; five great-grandchildren, Zachary Shuler, Carson Shuler, Elyse Staley, Taryn Staley, Adrian Staley.

She is also preceded in death by husband, Ivel Staley; daughter, Sherrill Jeffries; grandson, Allen Jeffries; and brother, Ray Johnson.

Vanita wanted to give special thanks to Rosalie, Jim and Sarah Bolton for their loving assistance to her and Ivel in their older years.

Graveside services for Vanita will be held at 2 p.m. November 11, 2017 at Stilesville Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., with an Eastern Star Service at 1 p.m. at Whitaker Funeral Home Cloverdale, Indiana.

Condolences can be sent to the family at: cds@whitakerfuneralhome.net.

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