Midkiff, Eula Ellen

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amem_victorian.jpgEula Ellen Midkiff, 67, of Floyd, Va., went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, July 9, 2008, following a courageous year long battle with brain cancer. She died peacefully at home surrounded by her family.

Eula Ellen was born in Floyd on September 28, 1940, and was the daughter of the late James Edgar and Glennis Duncan DeHart. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James Lee Midkiff. Known as a mama, grandma, memaw, and sissy, she was a loving and devoted mother and grandmother, as well as a trusted friend and companion to many. Her list of close friends is far too long to acknowledge.

She touched many lives during her lifetime, especially as a caregiver to over 130 children during her 34 years of home daycare. She provided a loving, safe environment for each child, treating them individually with nurturing love and guidance. In addition, she was a longtime, faithful member of Floyd Baptist Church where she took particular joy in the loving fellowship within her Sunday School class.

Left to cherish many wonderful memories are three sons and daughters-in-law, Randal and Diane Midkiff, Ronnie and Joyce Midkiff, and Larry and Jennifer Midkiff, all of Floyd; one daughter and son-in-law, Stacy and Bryant Thompson, of Floyd; four handsome grandsons in which she took much pride, Jeremy Midkiff, of London, England, Bradley Midkiff, Bryce Thompson and Brent Thompson, all of Floyd; one sister and brother-in-law, Connie and Reif Bond, of Indian Valley; two sisters-in-law, Barbara Testerman and husband, Mike, of Hillsville, and Maggie Shelton and husband, Herbert, of Salem; two nephews, Chris Bond and wife, Kim, and Kenny Shelton; three nieces, Lisa Bolt and husband, William, Sheena Quesenberry and husband, Brandon, and Darlene Wolfe and husband, Rick; six great-nieces and great-nephews, Alena and Ryne Bond, Laila Bolt, Carli and Tanner Quesenberry, and Jake Shelton; one uncle, Charles Duncan and wife, Shirley; a special cousin, Bonnie Wray; and a devoted caregiver, Delta Sowers.

The family is thankful for her sister, Connie, who took care of mama. Special thanks to Carilion Hospice of New River Valley as well as everyone for the many acts of kindness and the tremendous outpouring of support during her illness.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 12, 2008, at Gardner Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Davis Holladay officiating. Interment will follow at Jacksonville Cemetery.

Friends may call after 1 p.m. on Friday, July 11, 2008, at Gardner Funeral Home where the family will be from 6 until 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Carilion Hospice of New River Valley, the American Cancer Society, or Floyd Baptist Church. Arrangements are being handled by Gardner Funeral Home, Floyd.

“I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:7