ROSBURG — Esther Geraldine “Gerry” Stanley, died April 1, 2016, leaving us at the age of 82. Gerry was born Nov. 26, 1933, in Rosburg to Frank and Elizabeth Silvola. She lived a full and happy life.
Gerry had the utmost respect and concern for others and always put someone else’s needs before her own. She taught her children the true values of life with her everyday cheerful attitude and the strength to handle even the toughest of situations.
She loved reading, baking, gardening and was well known for her beautiful handcrafts. She gathered and collected plants, rocks, driftwood and shells from every road trip she made.
Gerry was an avid Seahawks fan and also never missed watching the Kentucky Derby on TV which she began scrapbooking in 1948.
She married Marshall V. Stanley in 1949 and raised her family of four children at Miller Point in Rosburg.
She worked for Bumble Bee Packing, Milton York Candy Co., and Jessie’s Ilwaco Fish. She also tended bar for the Naselle Timber Room.
She was preceded in death by her sister, JoAnn Richard and a son, Jon Stanley.
She is survived by her brother, Nate Silvola of Portland; a son, Mike Stanley (Jeanne) of Grays River; her daughters, Gail Magnuson of Naselle and Tracy Ammer (Mark) of Rosburg; nine grandchildren, six great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephew, cousins and friends and her cat, Queenie.
She has left this earth but will forever remain in our hearts.
A celebration of life will be held on Sunday, April 24 at 1 p.m. at her home property on Miller Point in Rosburg. Refreshments will be served.