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Marion Irene (Simpson) Sheeley passed away on Monday, July 18, 2016 at Golden Hill in Kingston, NY. She was 89 years old. She was the daughter of Burton and Mary Elizabeth (Bell) Simpson; born on April 11, 1927 in Valhalla, NY (Westchester Co.)
She went to a one room schoolhouse in Patukunk, across the street from her parent’s house now known as the Town of Rochester Court House.
Marion loved to dance, sing and enjoy life. She was a dancer in her husband Daniel’s band (The Oak Ridge Rambler’s) performing at many of the bungalow colonies and hotels in Sullivan and Ulster Counties doing the tap jig. Marion worked at Schrade Cutlery in Ellenville during the mid 40’s and later in 1959 she started working for her parents at the gas station and general store known to many as the Hi-Way Store in Leurenkill until her father’s death in 1974. Marion had also worked in several departments at the Ellenville Community Hospital in 1980.
She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Ellenville since 1964 where she taught Sunday school for at least 20 years, was the children’s choir director, sang in the adult choir and served as a board member. Later in life Marion began attending services at the Federated Church of Kerhonkson where she also sang in the Joyful Noise choir. Marion had served as the president for the United Methodist Church Women’s group for about 4 years. She was a member of the Sullivan County Choral Group until 2004.
On February 14, 1949 she married Daniel Arthur Sheeley Jr. “Doc”. Together they raised three daughters, Patricia, Valerie and Cathy.
To remember Marion is to remember “Life is very short, live life to the fullest and enjoy each day God has given us.”
Marion is survived by her daughters, Patricia and her husband George H. Legg of Accord, NY, Valerie Mitchell of Napanoch, NY and Cathy and her husband Clifford Z. Wicks of Accord, NY; 11 grandchildren, Ivan (Skip) and Lori Legg of Oswego, NY, Daniel and Donette Legg of Goldsboro, NC, Mary Cook of Bessemer, PA, Jennifer and Freddie Dvorak of Deltona, FL, Ilene Roger of Accord, NY, Shannon Lucero of Hollywood, FL, Eugene Castro of Napanoch, NY, Shawn and Dawn Castro of Ohio, Melissa Hickey of Kerhonkson, NY, Keith Wicks of Stillwater, OK and Cherity Wicks of Ellenville, NY; 21 great grandchildren; 5 great-great grandchildren; a daughter by love Sherry Feldman of FL, a brother Ernest Simpson of MS as well as many extended family members, cousins, nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and her husband Daniel who passed away in 1996, Marion was predeceased by her sisters Beverly Ann Simpson Forman and Emma Walker.
Visiting hours will be held from 7-9 pm on Wednesday, July 20th at Humiston Funeral Home, 30 42nd St. Kerhonkson. A celebration of her life will be held on Thursday at 11 am at the Federated Church of Kerhonkson. Burial will follow at Pine Bush Cemetery.
The family asks in lieu of flowers please send donations in Marion’s name to the Federated Church of Kerhonkson.
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
7:00 - 9:00pm (Eastern time)
Humiston Funeral Home, Inc.
Thursday, July 21, 2016
Starts at 11:00am (Eastern time)
Federated Church of Kerhonkson
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