Sylvia Ann Stackable, a longtime resident of Miami, passed from this life into heaven on Jan. 4, 2008. She was 85. She had recently moved to Siloam Springs, Ark.
She was born in 1922 in Muskogee to James William Shumake and Annie Ruth (Bowlin) Shumake. She later moved with her family to Tulsa, where she eventually met Jim Stackable while attending Boston Ave. Methodist Church. They were married in the Rose Chapel in 1947.
In 1950, they moved to Miami where they raised their four children. Sylvia loved being married to Jim and being a mother and grandmother.
Along with her family responsibilities, she became active in the First United Methodist Church, the Gideons Auxiliary, PEO, hospital volunteer work and served for a time as coordinator of the Salvation Army in the Miami area.
Sylvia truly enjoyed life. She had a beautiful singing voice and played the piano by ear. She loved dancing, china painting and telling good jokes. She had a special place in her heart for animals and could seldom turn away a stray cat or dog. Sylvia's family and friends will truly miss her beautiful smile, her gentleness and kindness to others, her witty sense of humor, her intelligence and her giving heart.
Sylvia was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Jim.
She is survived by her two daughters, Cindy Leach and husband Ken of Siloam Springs and Marilyn Bell and husband the Rev. Fr. Seraphim of Walla Walla, Wash.; her two sons, Andy Stackable and wife Wendy of Hurst, Texas, and David Stackable and wife Ellen of Tulsa, one sister, Molly Ann Ward of Dell City, Okla.; two sisters-in-law, Kathryn Howard of Fort Smith, Ark., and Ruth McCalmont of Lebanon, Mo., 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
What a comfort to know that Sylvia is now in God's presence where there is fullness of joy!
A memorial service to remember and celebrate Sylvia's life will be held at First United Methodist Church in Miami at 2 p.m. Jan. 26.