Eldora Jean Sickler
FRANKLIN — Eldora Jean Sickler, 90, of Franklin, went peacefully to be with the Lord on Saturday, May 11, 2013. She was a loving mother, sister, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. She was fondly known as Grandma Doie by her loved ones.
She was born June 14, 1922, the daughter of Wilber and Ruth (Knapp) Slawson. She married the love of her life, Edward J. Sickler on July 27, 1940, at the Meredith Inn in Meridale.
Eldora was a homemaker for several years as she lovingly raised her six children and assisted on the dairy farm that Edward operated for over 35 years. She then worked at Franklin Central School as a teacher’s aide and later helped Edward with the running of Edward Sickler Memorials.
Eldora was a devoted wife and adored all of her family members. She enjoyed making special Christmas crafts and gifts for all of her loved ones through the years. She treasured her time spent with family, knitting, reading and listening to her gospel music. Eldora was a generous woman who was always looking out for those in need. She made many donations to charitable organizations and her empathy toward others was appreciated by all who knew her and loved her.
Eldora was a long-time member of the United Methodist Church of Franklin where she served as a Sunday school teacher for many years. She was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and Leaders Class.
She is survived by three sons and a daughter, James E. (Ruth) Sickler of Franklin, Robert S. (Mary) Sickler of Florida, Daniel P. (Betsy) Sickler of Oneonta and Kathryn Sickler (William) Nolf of Hickory, North Carolina; 23 grandchildren; 40 great grandchildren; and a brother, Wilber Slawson of Maryville, Tenn.
She was predeceased by her husband, Edward J. Sickler; two sons, Richard J. Sickler and David A. Sickler; a grandson, Rodney A. Nolf; an infant grandson, Michael S. Sickler; infant great-grandchildren, Christian M. Miller, Tyler J. Sickler and Maykenzie E. Dutcher; and a daughter-in-law, Rita M. Yeary Sickler.
Funeral services will take place on Thursday, May 16 at 11 a.m. at the United Methodist Church, Franklin, with Rev. John Hill officiating. Calling hours will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, May 15, also at the church in Franklin.
Burial will follow the services in the Ouleout Valley Cemetery, Franklin.
Contributions are asked to be made to the organization of your choice in memory of Eldora Jean Sickler.
Condolences may be left for the family online at www.macarthurfh.com. Arrangements are by the MacArthur Funeral Home of Delhi.