Funeral services for Emily Maria Stickney will be at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, at First Assembly of God Church with Pastor Dan Holden officiating.
Burial will follow in Mount Pisgah Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012, at Gillette Memorial Chapel.
God took one of his angels home. On Nov. 30, 2012, Emily (Jaramillo) Stickney, 77, went home to her Lord and Saviour. She passed away at Close to Home Hospice surrounded by her family.
She was born in Cerro, N.M., on Sept. 6, 1935, to Adon and Celina (Archuletta) Jaramillo. She was the fourth of nine children. Her family later moved to Spotted Horse, near Gillette, where she attended school. She graduated in 1954 from Campbell County High School. She also took nurses aid training and was employed by Pioneer Manor.
She met her husband, Howard Ralph Stickney, and they married on July 19, 1952. They were married for 34 years until his death in 1986. They had two children together, Linda and Julie. That wasn’t enough for Emily. Her great love was children, and she took many nieces and nephews into her home.
When her sister Mary passed in 1979, she loved and cared for her children: Cheali, Lisa, and Claudia. She did the same for her niece Jannie, after her brother Joe died in 1971. She also cared for many other nieces and nephews.
Once they were grown, she became a foster parent. She did this for 26 years and received an award in 1999 for her years of service. She had a special gift with all children but especially those most in need physically or mentally, so that is who they would send to her safe and loving arms.
She was a member of the First Assembly of God and brought the children up to love and know our Saviour Jesus Christ.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Stickney; her parents, Adon and Celina; her brother, Joe; sisters, Rose, Mabel and Mary; niece, Lisa McCue, whom she cared for until her passing April 4, 2010; and one great-great-grandchild.
She is survived by her daughters, Linda (Sam) Trujillo and Julie (Duane) Lavallie of Gillette; seven grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; her nieces, Cheali Jaramillo of Gillette, Claudia Iacovetto, whom she also raised; several nieces and nephews; her sister Vivian Balgheim of Gillette; and brothers, Leroy Jaramillo, of South Carolina, Floyd of Riverton, and Adon Jr., of Thayne.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her name to Gillette Memorial Chapel.