Margaret J. "Peggy" Stokes, 93, formerly of 78 Bates Road, passed away Saturday (March 17, 2012) at the Bradford Ecumenical Home.
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Born March 16, 1919, in Bradford, she was a daughter of the late Martin L. and Jennie Paton Lewis. On Oct. 27, 1960, in the First Baptist Church, she married Charles W. Stokes Jr., who died June 14, 2004.
Mrs. Stokes was a 1937 graduate of Bradford Area High School. She was a Christian and member of the First Baptist Church since 1929. She was on the Cradle Roll and participated in many church activities throughout her life.
In later years, she became very interested in photography. Besides taking pictures of scenery and animals, she took pictures of church personnel and the children of the church. She donated many albums portraying life and history of the church and church activities to the church library.
She served several years in the Community Outreach Program and 12 years on the Election Board in Foster Township, 3rd Voting District.
Mrs. Stokes worked as a bookkeeper and secretary at various companies in Bradford.
Surviving are four nieces, Phyllis Dalton of Smethport, Carolyn Maynard of Mount Jewett, Margaret Ann Mathis of California and Virginia Hopkins of Bradford; several grand- and great-grand nieces and nephews; and her "adopted family," a son-in-law, Leroy Weiss of Bellevue, Ohio, three "grandchildren" and five "great-grandchildren."
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by one brother, Floyd Lewis; two sisters, Minerva (Lewis) Burrell and Mabel Lewis; and her "daughter," Barbara Weiss.
Family will receive friends from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc., 372 East Main St. Friends will be received again in the First Baptist Church Thursday from 10 to 11 a.m., at which time funeral and committal services will be held with the Rev. Leon Canfield, pastor of the First Baptist Church, officiating. Burial will be in McKean Memorial Park, Lafayette.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc.
Memorials, if desired, may be made to the First Baptist Church, 71 Congress St., Bradford, PA 16701.
Online condolences may be made at www.hollenbeckcahill.com
Published in The Bradford Era from Mar. 20 to Mar. 26, 2012