Madaline S. Shay, of West River Road, Nichols went home to be with her Lord on Wednesday, March 19, 2014. Madaline was born Feb. 2, 1927 in Elmira, N.Y., a daughter of Carl M. and Anna Rose (Smith) Sampson. She was a devoted and faithful member of the Nichols Baptist Church. Madaline touched many lives and will be missed by so many. She enjoyed spending time in her gardens, cooking, baking although her greatest pleasure was being surrounded by her family.
Madaline will be greatly missed by her loving husband of 60 years, John "Jack" Shay; her daughters and sons-in-law, Debbie and Larry Sterling, Cindy and Ron Keppler; her sons and daughters-in-law, Bill and Sandy Shay, Jim and Patti Shay; her special grandchildren, Jenny and Jon Hardin, Jessica and Rich Lambert, Dan and Catherine Shay, Julie and Joel Riley, Brad and Karyn Sterling, Justin and Heather Keppler, Kristen Keppler, Katie Shay and Adam Shay; 12 great-grandchildren; her brother-in-law, Richard "Dick" Smith; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Nancy and Bill Hay; several nieces, nephews and their families also survive. Madaline was predeceased by her twin sister, Margaret Towner; sisters, Doris Moore and Alma Smith; brothers, Donald Sampson and Warren Sampson.
Family and friends are invited to attend a period of visitation from 1-4 p.m. on Sunday, March 23 at the Sutfin Funeral Chapel, 273 S. Main St., Nichols. A funeral service and a celebration of Madaline's life will follow at 4 p.m. with Pastor Ron Park, officiating. Interment will follow in the Nichols Cemetery. Memories and condolences may be shared by visiting our website at www.sutfinfuneralchapel.com
. Those who wish may kindly consider a memorial contribution to the Nichols Baptist Church, P.O. Box 156, Nichols, NY 13812 in loving memory of Madaline S. Shay.