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.
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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.
Online memories and condolences may be shared at harmerfuneralhome.com.
A service of Harmer Funeral Home, Shinnston.