Lily Joy Stemple

Posted: Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Juneau resident Lily Joy Stemple died June 23, 2010. She was 82 years old.

Lily was born in Colorado Springs, Colo. on February 26, 1928 to Geneva Adalaid Ming and George Harvey Ming of Kansas City, Kan. Her father was a carpenter by trade but was also a Pentecostal minister for 20 years. Her mother was a devoted pastor's wife. In this environment she learned about God and grew to love Him more as time went on.

Lily spent most of her life in Colorado Springs, which included completing her education and employment. She was a waitress for many years and made a good living because of her courteous and friendly manner towards customers. She later worked for Denver Airlines as a hostess, a job which she later retired from.

Lily enjoyed family gatherings and picnics, loved to ride horses and even dressed as a 'cow-girl'. Her other interests were water skiing, at which she was very good, and square dancing.

Toward the end of her life, she is remembered for loving God very much, whom she served from a young age. She recognized Glacier Valley Church of God as her family, and her faith grew stronger and stronger before entering the kingdom of Heaven.

Lily is preceded in death by siblings Ralph, David, George, Paul and Edith; and daughter, Mary Darlene Sharpnack.

She is survived by her only living sister, Mary Ming Stewart; son, Richard Lee Dutson and wife Margaret T. Osborne Dutson, of Juneau; and grand-daughter, Kristen Joy Dutson, of Juneau.

Other adopted family members are Agnes and George Davis and family, of Juneau, Sherri Bratton and family, of Samammish, Wash., Charlotte Francis Dick, of Juneau, Elizabeth Sosa-Flores and family, of Juneau, and Debra Gwen Peterson, of Juneau.

A memorial service for Lily's life was held Monday at the Glacier Valley Church of God.

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