Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home
Irene Ray Stocker, 101, passed away Sunday, August 11, 2013.
She was born Feb. 24, 1912, at Newby, Ky., the daughter of the late Lewis Wilbert and Sarah Elizabeth Whittaker Ray.
She graduated from Newby High School in 1931 and was a member of the Newby Baptist Church.
She married Elmer Ray Stocker in 1933, and he preceded her in death on Feb. 13, 2000. They were farmers, and Irene enjoyed being a homemaker and raising her family. She was an excellent cook, loved gardening and canning and raising flowers.
She was a salesperson for Blair Products for approximately 50 years. She truly loved selling because she enjoyed talking and being with people. She lived in the heart of Kirksville for nearly 30 years, and they operated a country store close to Kirksville for a short time.
She loved life, her family, friends and neighbors.
Survivors include: four children, Vernon Gipson Stocker (Joyce), Jean Bucher (Harold), Carlton Stocker (Lottie) and Darrell Stocker (Kathy), all of Madison County; 10 grandchildren, Donnie Stocker, Ray Stocker, Sherry Thiele, Beth Johnson, Shelly Stocker, Tim Stocker, Trina Robinson, Tara Bucher, Mark Stocker, Kim Stocker; 12 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by two sisters, Daisy Johnson and Allie Johnson.
Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Wednesday, August 14, 2013, at Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home with Bro. Scott Guiley and Bro. Gary Maynard officiating. Burial will follow in Jones Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home.
Pallbearers will be Ray Stocker, Tim Stocker, Mark Stocker, Wesley Stocker, Jordan Cruse, Logan Cruse, Dustin Sweet and Don Stocker.
Granddaughters and great-granddaughters will serve as honorary pallbearers.