PRINCETON Aretha was born May 8, 1913 to Virgie and Joseph White in a small country cottage near Elgood, West Virginia. She was the fifth of nine children. Her journey on this earth ended Saturday, July 8, 2017.
Aretha is preceded in death by her husband Cecil Croy who passed away July 30, 1993, her son Gary who died September 14, 2006, her mother Virgie, father Joseph and all five brothers, Alpha, Arlo, Arberdeen, Arnold and Argil and
one sister Audessa Thompson.
She is survived by two sisters Allilee Davis of Newnan, Georgia and Alma Conner of Speedway, West Virginia.
She is survived by her daughter Imogene Farley and son-in-law Hale of Oakhurst, California. She leaves five grandchildren Beverly McCann and husband Dave, Cynthia Farley, Christopher Farley and wife Betty, Annette Croy and Michael Croy, and 10 great grandchildren.
Aretha married Cecil Croy in 1932 when she was 19 years. They began their married life in the house where Aretha was born and spent her early childhood.
In the early years Aretha, Cecil and their two children Imogene and Gary, lived near Elgood. While living there Aretha was active in the Elgood Church and community. She belonged to The Farm Women's Club and often volunteered to help with the school's hot lunch program. When the family moved to Princeton in 1948 she quickly became a member of Kee Street Methodist Church. Aretha was involved in teaching Sunday School for many years. She also served on various committees and was active in the Ruth Byrd Circle. She attended Kee Street Church for 65 plus years and considered herself a member even when she could no longer attend.
Aretha worked at GCMurphy's first as a counter person, then later as a buyer. She worked there for 23 years. She also often worked at the election polls, all the while raising a family, attending a large vegetable garden and preserving the harvest. Aretha loved to watch things grow. She planted and tended a garden until she was 96 years old.
In the summer of her 96th year she realized she could no longer continue to live alone. She made the decision to move to California to live with her daughter, Imogene, and son-in-law, Hale. Aretha was loved and well respected by her family, friends, and neighbors. After moving to California she received many cards and phone calls from her family, friends and church family "back home " in West Virginia. This brought her so much joy. She lived with her family in California for 9 years and enjoyed frequent visits from her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Her Heavenly Father called Aretha home at the age of 104.
Funeral services to celebrate the life of Aretha Mae Croy will be celebrated at 11:00 A.M. on Monday, July 17, 2017 from the Burns Wornal Chapel of the Memorial Funeral Directory on the Athens Road in Princeton with Pastor Carl VanStavern and John Puckett officiating. Burial will follow in Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Princeton.
Friends may visit with the family from 10:00 A.M. until the service hour at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be shared with the family via www.memorialfd.com.
Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.
The Croy family is being served by the Memorial Funeral Directory and Cremation Center on the Athens Road in Princeton.
Published on  July 15, 2017