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Stella Alberta Miles Poff, age 99, died Saturday, February 17, 2018 at the Bluefield Regional Hospital.
Stella was preceded in death by her parents Asa and Sarah Miles of Keystone, West Virginia, husband ?Edward B. Poff of Bluewell, and most recently her sister Elva Miles Lockhart of Bluefield, Virginia. All of ?her other siblings passed in prior years. Surviving is her close friend Doloros "Boots" Poff of Bluewell, ?WV and many nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews, great-great nieces and nephews. She ?leaves behind many friends in her home community of Bluewell, as well as her church friends from ?Bluewell United Methodist Church where she was an active member and served as church treasurer for ?many years.
Stella was born in McDowell County, West Virginia on August 4, 1918. She attended school in McDowell ?County and later was employed in the Keystone, West Virginia branch of the telephone company where ?she served as an operator. She then worked for GC Murphy in the business office in Northfork, West ?Virginia. She made lifelong friends at both the phone company and at Murphy's, and always enjoyed her ?friends' cards and visits.
One of her favorite pastimes was family dinners and what her nieces who lived locally called their ?adventures. She enjoyed car trips and looking at pictures of family. She was a long time collector of salt ?and pepper shakers and glassware, and most who knew her always thought of bringing her back a ?souvenir when travelling to add to her collection.
Stella was appreciated by her community and church for her loyalty and steadfastness. Her family ?cherished her sincere interest in their lives, her dry sense of humor, and her storytelling of days gone by, ?including her great amusement and pride in one of her nephews summarizing what he learned in church ?one Sunday by loudly proclaiming, "Let brotherly love continue!" It became one of her favorite verses ?(Hebrews 13:1).
Family will receive friends at 10:00 a.m. with the service to follow at 11:00 a.m. at the Cravens-Shires Funeral ?Home in Bluewell, West Virginia on Tuesday, February 20th, 2018. Pastor Melissa White will be ?officiating. Entombment will follow at the Woodlawn Mausoleum in Bluewell.
The family is accepting online condolences at www.cravens-shires.com.
The family would like to thank the staff at Westwood Center in Bluefield, Virginia for their care of Stella in the last three weeks of her life.
Published on February 18, 2018
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