Estella Verniadean Sanford Paugh, 94, of Fairmont, went to celebrate Christmas in heaven with Jesus on Dec. 23, 2017.
She was born in Wheeling, on Oct. 25, 1923. Vernie, as she preferred to be called, was the daughter of the late Emma Brown and Gail Barb.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Albert Lloyd Sanford, and her second husband, Willard F. Paugh.
Vernie was a faithful loving mother, a Christian and servant for the Lord. She was a pianist and organist. She played for local churches in Fairmont for many years. She was a certified minister and used her talents as a volunteer in area nursing homes in music, songs, testimony and prayer.
She and her friend, Barbara Love, were known as the "Sunshine Sisters." Vernie loved her ministry for the Lord; she served as a youth leader and Sunday school teacher as well.
Vernie is survived by five living children and preceded in death by one son deceased, Carolyn and Cecil Shaffer, Albert L. "Bud" and Shirley Sanford, Patricia A. Carpenter and her late husband Ernest, David A. Sanford and Sherry, Lonnie E. and Gwen Sanford, with Aaron S. Sanford deceased; 14 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren and a few great-great-great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, husbands and son and son-in-law, she was preceded in death by one sister, Williadean Lawson and her husband Revered Gene Lawson; one infant brother; one nephew, William "Bill" Lawson; one niece, Carol Crites; one grandson, Steven Shaffer; one set of twin great-grandsons; one granddaughter; several aunts, uncles, great-nieces and cousins.
A very special thank you to Dr. G. Patel for his wonderful care and advice through the years and to his staff for the excellent care given with love for our mother during the past few years. Thank you and may God bless each one of you.
Family and friends will be received from 1-8 p.m. Tuesday and from 10-11 a.m. Wednesday at the Carpenter & Ford Funeral Home, 209 Merchant St., Fairmont. The funeral service will follow on Wednesday at the funeral home with Reverend Nathan Barker officiating. Interment services will follow at Mount Zion Cemetery.
Her son-in-law, Bishop Wilbur Cecil Shaffer, will be prevented from officiating at the service for health reasons.
Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.carpenterandford.com.
Published on December 23, 2017