Billie Jean "Jeanie" Stafford, 56, passed peacefully into the arms of her Savior, Wednesday, June 22, 2016, while at her home, surrounded by loving family.
Born Dec. 19, 1959, in Morehead, Jeanie leaves behind her husband of 35 years, Dennis Stafford, whom she wed May 16, 1981; two sons and daughters-in-law, Bradley (Kelsie) Stafford of Morehead and Jared (Ashley) Stafford of Villa Ridge, Missouri; two daughters; Virginia Bethany Stafford and Hannah Stafford, both of Morehead; one granddaughter, Lydia Stafford; one grandson, James Stafford; her mother; and a multitude of cousins, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
She is the only child of George Ann Reeder Bailey of Morehead and the late William G. "Tuds" Bailey.
Jeanie was a 1977 graduate of Rowan County High School and 1981 graduate of Morehead State University. Always passionately involved with children's education, she taught in both public and private schools for many years. She was a former Rowan County Tilden Hogge special education teacher, preschool and day care teacher at Morehead First Church of God, director of Bath County Christian School for six years, teacher at Whitefield Academy in Louisville for four years, and returned to Rowan County Christian Academy for three years. This burning love to reach the hearts and minds of children led her far beyond the classroom. Through ministries such as Northeast KY Right to Life, Hope Pregnancy Care Center and Samaritan's Purse (Operation Christmas Child), she tirelessly fought to protect the most vulnerable among us.
An unapologetic Christian, she fervently proclaimed her faith to all that she encountered and tenderly taught it to each of her children—biological and not. She was an active member of the Morehead First Church of God throughout her life, leading and participating in children's ministries, Sunday school, Wednesday night and Sunday night programs at various times. She was a "good and faithful servant" who fought the fight and ran the race until her last earthly breath. She is now resting sweetly in the presence of Jesus Christ, her Redeemer and Friend.
A celebration of Jeanie's life will be held 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 26, 2016, at Morehead First Church of God with the Rev. Lowell Rice officiating. Interment will follow at Mt. Pisgah Cemetery with family and friends serving as pallbearers.
Family will receive friends on Saturday, June 25, 2016, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Morehead First Church of God, 576 Sunset Lane, Morehead, KY 40351.
Northcutt & Son Home for Funerals in Morehead is caring for arrangements.
View memorial tribute or sign guestbook at www.northcuttandson.com
Published on June 23, 2016