Nettie Ola “Peggy” Griffith Stanford, 99, of Cleveland passed away Thursday, April 20, 2017.
She was born in Clem, MS, on May 12, 1917, and moved to the Mississippi Delta in 1936. She was a member of Skene Baptist Church.
She is preceded in death by her husband of 65 years Carl Thomas “Buddy” Stanford; her son Thomas Gerald Stanford; her mother and father Susan Ella Grffith and John Clifton Griffith; 6 brothers; and 4 sisters.
She is survived by sons Bobby C. Stanford and wife Sylvia, Rickie A. Stanford and wife Betty Lou; daughter-in-law Tollie Stanford; daughter Brenda S. Bounds and husband Randy; one sister, Ann Frazier; 11 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; 3 great-great grandchildren and many special nieces and nephews.
She loved being outside. As long as she was able, she had a garden filled with enough vegetables to share with the community. She loved growing beautiful flowers and having them used in arrangements at her church. Finding and planting various varieties of day lilies became a fun challenge over the years and then sharing those unique colors with family and friends gave her great joy. Her favorite hymn was “In The Garden” because that is where she felt a special closeness to God and truly enjoyed His beautiful world. She enjoyed cooking and was an excellent cook.
The family wishes to thank the staff at Indywood Personal Care for their love and care during the past six years and especially to Grace Hospice and the ladies who gave around the clock care during the past several months.
Visitation was from 10–11 a.m. Monday, April 24, 2017, at Skene Baptist Church with a Celebration of Life service immediately following. Interment was at New Cleveland Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Chris Stanford, Chris Litton, Rick Stanford, Gene Barger, Billy Bland Stanford, Kevin Bounds, Scott Bounds and Patrick Fontaine.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Skene Baptist Church 2174 Hwy 446 Boyle, MS 38730, Gideons International PO Box 1314 Cleveland, MS 38732 or Grace Hospice 316 N Davis Ave # C Cleveland, MS 38732.
Cleveland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online guest register may be viewed and signed at www.clevelandfuneralhome.net.