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Heaven got a little bit sweeter today, when the Lord called our mother home. Della Blanche Scaff Stapleton of South Shore, Ky., died Saturday, Jan. 2, 2010, at her residence.
She was born in Scioto County, Ohio, on March 17, 1927, a daughter of the late Youel Scaff and Mary Hicks Scaff. She was the youngest of five children. Della married Troy Lee Stapleton on Dec. 29, 1943, at the courthouse in Portsmouth, Ohio. Shortly after their marriage they came to make their home in a tiny two-room house on Tram Lane in South Shore, Ky. Within a couple of years they began their family. Their home grew as the family grew. Della was a loving mother, wife, grandmother. She was a homemaker, taught her children how to work and be able to do for their families. She was a member of Emmanuel Freewill Baptist Church and was a member and supported the Rights to Life Organization.
They raised eight children of their own and six nieces and nephews and several grandchildren.
She was preceded in death on Feb. 28, 2009, by her husband of 65 years, Troy Lee Stapleton; a daughter, Rosemary; a son Gary Lee; a son-in-law Bill Munn; two sisters, Stella and Lottie Scaff; and two brothers, David and Robert Scaff.
She will be greatly missed by her children and their families, Suzanne Munn of South Shore, Ky., Jesse and Marsha Stapleton of South Shore, Ky., Linda and Earl Ruggles of Troutville, Va., Troy Richard and Trisha Stapleton of South Shore, Ky., Rita and Elbert Timberlake of South Shore, Ky., Edward and Leta Stapleton of Bradner, Ohio; and her grandchildren, Billy and Sue Ellen, Gary Lee and Amanda, Jesse, Kathy and Melissa, Amie Catherine, Brandi, Della Faye, Charles, Leon, Amber and Jeff. She will also be sadly missed by Larry, Jim, Terry (Kathy), Stella (Butch), Bobby (Joan) Mallory and several great-grandchildren.
Family and friends may call at the Roberson Funeral Home in South Shore, Ky., Tuesday from 5 until 8 p.m. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Emmanuel Freewill Baptist Church on Shultz Road in South Shore, Ky. Visitation on Wednesday will be one hour before the services at the church, with Mike Dowdy officiating.
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