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Violet Riley

Violet " Bunky " Riley

Sunday, July 30th, 1961 - Sunday, May 12th, 2019
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Violet Marie (Gifford) Riley, " Bunky " 57, of Gypsy, WV, went home to be with her Lord on May 12, 2019. She was preceded in death by her father, Laud Alfred Gifford, Sr. She is survived by her loving daughter, Justina DiAvee Riley of Gypsy, WV; mother, Florence V. Gifford of Gypsy, WV; brothers, Laud A. Gifford, Jr of Gypsy, WV and Robert L. (Michele) Gifford of Shinnston, WV; sister, Darlene V. (Rodney) Thompson of Unionville, VA; nieces, Dawn Shears (Bobby Riffle); Desirae (Russ) Greathouse; nephews, John Wall (Erin Trautner); Shaun (Rikki) Gifford; Zach Gifford (Candie Jones); great nieces, Byrnna Greathouse; Hailey Gifford; Emilia Gifford; great nephews, Isaiah Greathouse; Derek Gifford; Thomas Gifford; Alex Gifford; Skylar Gifford; Hunter Shears and Logan Riffle.
Bunky was a graduate of Lincoln High School Class of 1979. She attended and graduated from the Clarksburg Beauty Academy. She worked for a short time at a beauty shop in Shinnston. She then enrolled in CNA training and worked at Heartland Nursing Home. Bunky took classes offered by the Department of Human Services for Child Care and helped raise her grandchildren. She later accepted a job at Gabriel Brothers (Gabe’s), where she worked until she had to retire due to medical reasons.
The first food pantry in Shinnston started when Bunky had opened her heart to help the need to many families in our community. Bunky loved to make you laugh and she could take the corniest joke and tell it and you would be rolling in tears laughing. She always said she wanted to go to college to be a professional clown.
Bunky loved children, she had become very close to Kimberly (Blake) Mitchell (at the time) and her two children Joseph and Anna. So much so that they called her “Nan” and the name stuck. Several of the children in the neighborhood, including her great nieces and nephews call her this.
Bunky was a member of the Shinnston Theta Rho Girls Club. Through this club she traveled to Spring Assemblies, Summer Camp and Fall Conference. She met people from across the country who has remained lifetime friends. Bunky was a longtime member of the Gypsy community and member of the Gypsy Community Church. She enjoyed participating in the Youth Fellowship as well as all of the other church activities while she was able. She was baptized through the church and dedicated her daughter after she was born in the church.
In honoring her wishes, she will be cremated at Harmer Funeral Home and a ‘Celebration of Life’ will be held at the Spelter VFD, Sunday, May 19, 2019 at 12:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to cover funeral costs which can be sent to Florence Gifford at PO Box 45 Gypsy, WV 26361.
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    Sunday, May 19th, 2019 | 12:00pm
    Sunday, May 19th, 2019 12:00pm
    Spelter Fire
    55 B Street
    Meadowbrook, WV 26404
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Elaine Satterfield

Posted at 04:47pm
Bunky was a very special and loving young lady I met in High School and we rode the same bus to school. Even though she was younger then me she would always be joking, laughing, and smiling all the way to and from school. Her smile and laughter made you smile. Gypsy has lost a pillar of the neighborhood and she will be missed by all who knew her. She is celebrating a pain free homecoming in Heaven. My Prayers are with you all. See you later, Bunky enjoy your new life.
Elaine Satterfield

Gina Boorse Fowler

Posted at 12:43am
I remember always feeling the love she shared when I would come from Pa to visit my relatives. Prayers and condolences to everyone.


Posted at 09:47pm
I was deeply saddened by the news of Bunky’s passing. It’s hard for me to remember a time when I didn’t know her. She was always there when Junior and I were just relaxing on the front porch swing, desperately wanting to be part of her big brother’s group of friends. She was kind and loving, and she made everyone smile.
My thoughts and prayers are with her family and close friends. May you rest gently in the loving embrace of God’s grace.

Tracy Joseph

Posted at 10:11am
She was always a great friend and kind to others. When me husband passed away there wasnt a day go by that she didnt check on my or have a kind word of encouragement from her to make me smile. God has gain a wonderful angel. I am so sorry for the familys loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Rest in peace Bunky and give my husband a big hug I am sure u will

Laura Kerby Myers

Posted at 09:31pm
I was in Theta Rho Girls Club with her and since I was a couple years younger she would pal around with me on trips and I always felt protected, she was a friend to look up too and good hearted person.

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