Sadie Stafford

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One of Casey County's most beloved and admired women, Sadie Lucille Edwards Stafford, passed away Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013. She was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer Stafford and son Gary Elmer Stafford. Mrs. Stafford was born Nov. 7, 1920, the daughter of Wallace and Adna Edwards. She is survived by her daughters, Katherine Sue Rubarts (and Gene) and Martha Carol Wilkinson, former First Lady (and the late Gov. Wallace); and her daughter-in-law, Paulette Foster Stafford. Her grandchildren include K. Michelle Rubarts, Carol R. Christ (and Rodney), Wallace Glenn Wilkinson Jr., Andrew Stafford Wilkinson (and Nadine), Sara E. Abbey (and Jay), and Myra K. Stafford (and Stephen). Her great-grandchildren include Grayson and Colton Christ, Katherine and Elizabeth Wathen, and Christopher, Abbey and Melina Wilkinson. Her brother, Warren Edwards (and Delores) and family reside in Mt. Washington. During most of her adult life, she and Elmer owned and operated a farm and a general store at Ky. 49/Ky.1547 which doubled as a social center for the Steels Knob community. Later, she spent several years working with her friends at Nell's flower shop. Her family, friends and church were the love of her life. She was warmly referred to as "Ms. Lucille" and was a lifelong member of Atwood Chapel United Methodist Church. She served in administration, president of women's club and active in Sunday school for years. She took pride that her great-great-grandfather, Mr. George Washington Atwood, deeded the land for the church in 1889 and was named in his honor. She enjoyed the years that Gov. Wilkinson was in Frankfort. She and her friends were included in many social and political events over the four-year term. The governor referred to the group as the "Golden Girls." Dimple McAnelly, Atha Atwood and Nell Bass made almost every trip to Frankfort. As part of Martha's army, she received her GED as well. The family wishes to thank all from Northpoint Lexington Health Care Center for their loving care and attention. Also many thanks to all her friends in Casey County for their prayers, thoughts and visits. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to the Building Fund for Atwood Chapel. Atwood Chapel UMC, 7544 Ky. 49, Liberty, KY 42539. Attn: Bobby Atwood. Services were held at Atwood Chapel UMC Oct. 1, officiated by Bro. Ed Parton. Burial was at Tapscott Cemetery. Arrangements made by Bartle Funeral Home.
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Published in The Casey County News on Oct. 2, 2013