Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)


January 1, 2013

Stella Confer Uhler 1914-2012

CARTER — Stella Uhler, 98, of Grayson, passed away Dec. 31, 2012, in Boyd Nursing and Rehabilitation.

Stella was born Sept. 3, 1914, at Beech Creek, Pa., the daughter of the late Laura Mapes and Burton J. Confer.

She was a loving wife and homemaker for 69 years to the love of her life, the late J. Robert (Bob) Uhler. They were inseparable until his death in 2006. She is also preceded in death by a sister, Evelyn Schnell; and a granddaughter, Lori J. Stidham Saunders.

Stella was a graduate of Lock Haven High School in Lock Haven, Pa., and Maison Frederick Beauty School in Pittsburgh, Pa.

She was owner and operator of Jay’s Beauty Shop for several years until the birth of her daughter.

Stella was a member of Bagby Memorial United Methodist Church where she taught an adult Sunday school class for 40 years, was a member of the United Methodist Women, Choir, and Administrative Board.  

Stella was an accomplished seamstress from a very young age creating suits, sport coats, dresses and many other items for her family.  She also loved to knit and made beautiful sweaters for her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren as well as for gifts. She also loved to read and play games.

She is survived by a son, J. Robert Uhler II, of North Andover, Mass.; a daughter, Tina (Boots) Stidham of Grayson; five grandchildren, Susan Sills, Jeff and Matt Uhler, Scott and Marty Stidham; seven great-grandchildren, Whitney, Tanner, Code, and Shelby Stidham, Sutton and Gavin Saunders and Grayson Uhler.

The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, January 3, at Bagby Memorial United Methodist Church in Grayson, Susan L. Elkow and Fred Wiles, pastors. Burial will follow in East Carter County Memory Gardens.

Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the church.  

Memorial contributions may be made to the Bagby Memorial United Methodist Church, 201 N. Hord Street, Grayson, KY  41143.

Online condolences may be made at sparksfh.com.

Sparks Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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