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March 23, 2013

Shirley Veneiva Stafford Smith

CAMBRIDGE SPRINGS — Shirley Veneiva Stafford Smith, 74, a resident of 19948 Skeltontown Road, Cambridge Springs, died at her home on Friday, March 22, 2013, after battling leukemia for the past four months having been diagnosed in December of 2012.

She was surrounded by her loving husband, John, and her five daughters.

Born on Dec. 12, 1938, on the family farm located on Skeltontown Road, Cussewago Township, she was the daughter of the late Veneiva G. Osborn Stafford and Gerald Lee (Bill) Stafford.

She is survived by her husband, John Smith Jr., whom she married on July 13, 1959; and five daughters, Debra JoAnn Applebee and her husband, Roy, of Venango, Bonita (Bonnie) Sue Felton and her husband, Randy, of Cambridge Springs, Lori Ann Terrill and her longtime friend, Michael McLean, of Malvern, Ohio, Kellie Lynn Schroat and her husband, James, of Venango, and Jodi Lee McLaughlin and her husband, John, of Cambridge Springs.

Also surviving are 13 grandchildren, Shannon Willey, Jimmy Applebee, Jay Felton, Randi Felton, Kayla Terrill, Chance Terrill, Dustin, Schroat, Jordan Schroat, Dakota Schroat, Luke Ebright, Jacob Ebright, Joshua Ebright and Emma Veneiva McLaughlin; 11 great-grandchildren; a sister, Joyce Merchant of Erie; and three brothers, Harry Stafford of Cambridge Springs, Edwin Stafford of Cambridge Springs, and Richard Stafford and his wife, Nancy, of Edinboro.

Included are many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Shirley was preceded in death by a brother, Gerald M. Stafford, and a sister, Luella Olynik.

Shirley worked at Edinboro University for Chartwells Co. for the past 29 years. She was adored by her co-workers, professors and many loving college students. She had previously worked at Foam Plastic Plant in Cambridge Springs and also as a custodian at Cambridge Springs High School.

In her free time, she enjoyed being with her daughters and grandchildren. Shirley was a very loving and giving lady. She was a loving wife and an amazing mother, grandmother, home maker, sister, aunt and a friend to many. She loved her family and was a strong and generous lady who would do anything for anyone. She had a warm smile and a kind heart. Shirley will be sadly missed by her family and many friends.

Friends may call at Van Matre Family Funeral Home in Cambridge Springs on Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.

The funeral will be held there on Tuesday at 11 a.m., with the Rev. Brian Riddle, pastor of St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church of Drakes Mills, officiating.

Interment will be in Venango Cemetery.

To send condolences, please visit vanmatrefuneralhome.com.

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