Stephens, Alta Skiles

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Alta Skiles Stephens, 97, of Eggleston Rd., Pearisburg, VA went to be with the Lord on Monday, November 30, 2020 at The Willows at Warm Hearth in Blacksburg, VA. Mrs. Stephens was born on April 17, 1923 in Lancaster County, PA and was a daughter of the late Amos Paul Skiles and Elsie McGinnis Skiles.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Herman Bailey Stephens, one sister, Marian E. Myer and one brother, Clair Andrew Skiles.

Mrs. Stephens was a member of the Green Valley United Methodist Church in Eggleston for 74 years and served as pianist for the church until she was 95. She was an avid walker and enjoyed exercising at the Giles Wellness Center until she moved to Warm Hearth in 2018. After raising her children, she worked as a teacher’s aide for the Giles County School System. Her special treat for her grandchildren was a jar full of her homemade chocolate chip cookies.

She is survived by four sons, Glenn H. Stephens (Georgie) of Wilmington, NC, Gary G. Stephens (Abbie) of Staffordsville, Mark A. Stephens (Angela) of Pearisburg, Keith A. Stephens (Michelle) of Staffordsville, two daughters, Donna S. Collins of Pulaski, Lois E. Stephens of Blacksburg, fifteen grandchildren, fourteen great grandchildren and six great great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 2:00pm at the Givens Funeral Chapel in Pearisburg, VA with the Rev. Kim Goddard officiating with burial following in the Birchlawn Burial Park in Pearisburg, VA. The family will receive friends from 1 – 2pm at the funeral home. We will be observing COVID-19 precautions, please wear a mask and observe social distancing.

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