Maggie O. Stanford, 86, peacefully passed away on Tuesday, December 1, 2009, after an extended illness in Fort Wayne, IN. Mrs. Stafford was born August 25, 1923, in Carroll County, MS. Having lived in Mansfield since 1982, she recently moved to Fort Wayne, IN. She retired from the Park Avenue Friendship Center for Senior Citizens. Being a faithful servant of Providence Baptist Church, Mrs. Stanford served on the Mother’s Board, Missionary Board and sang in the choir where she also was president.
She leaves to cherish her memories six daughters: Mary Johnson and Gloria Davis both of Columbus, OH, Sheila Clay of Fort Wayne, IN, Lillie Washington and Dora Hall both of Mansfield and Dorothy Norris of Toledo, OH; eight sons, Joe Stanford, Jr., Pastor Russell Mary Stanford, Darion Barbara Stanford and Jarvis Stanford all of Mansfield, Jessie Telisa Stanford of Louisville, KY, Wardell Stanford of Columbus, OH, Archie Stanford of Houston, TX and Herman Stanford of Jackson, MS; four sisters, Henrietta Mohead, Polly Sullivan and Frances Thompson all of Greenville, MS and Martha Hogan of Chicago, IL; one brother, Sam Thompson, Jr.; 63 grandchildren, 61 great grandchildren and nine great great grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews and many friends in which she made on her life’s journey. She was preceded in death by her parents, Zylphia Thompson and Willie Love; her husband, Joe Stanford, Sr.; a son, Robert Stanford; two sisters; one grandchild; one great grandchild; and one great great grandchild.
Calling hours for Mrs. Stanford will be on Thursday, December 10, 2009, at Providence Baptist Church, 112 W. 6th St., Mansfield, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. A final viewing on Friday, December 11, 2009, from 9:00-10:00 a.m. with the service beginning at 11:00 a.m. promptly. Interment will follow immediately at Mansfield Cemetery.
The family will receive guests at two locations: 27 North Main Street and 944 Woodville Road. Wappner Funeral Directors is privileged to serve the family of Maggie O. Stanford. Any cards may be sent to Jarvis Stanford, P.O. Box 5552, Mansfield, OH 44901.