Sherley Emke Smith, 78, of Cherry Creek, N.Y. passed away Aug. 17, 2012, at home surrounded by her family.
She was a charter member of Pine Valley Veterans of Foreign Wars, life member and past president.
Daughter of Herman and Gertrude Wilcox Emke.
Sherley is survived by her beloved husband of 58 years, Melvin Smith; daughters: Debora Smith (Monty) Meabon of Elling-ton, N.Y., and Melinda Smith Bigg of Summer-ville, S.C.; niece (daughter) Cynthia (Dan) Nocero; half-sister, Rebecca Emke Pollino; stepsisters: Von-cile Mamon and Loveda Snyder; grandchildren: Pamela (Ralph) Shearer, Joshua (Jennifer) Meabon, Trisha Meabon, David Meabon and Jason (Tanya) Meabon, Julia Bigg (Richard) Padgett, Micah (Mellissa) Bigg and Amber, Ashlyn and Alexa Meabon; great-grandchildren: Sierra and Bob Shearer, Joshua, Madison and Daniel Meabon, Tyler and Cory Meabon and Lily Harkins, Andrew and Alison Padgett and William and Joseph Bigg; and many nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death be-sides her parents are baby daughter, Patricia; sisters: Florence Emke, Wilma Hal-lett and Kathleen Lewis; brother, Herbert Emke; grandson, Monie Meabon; and beloved son-in-law William Bigg.
There will be no view-ing. In keeping with her generous nature her body will be donated to State University of New York at Buffalo school of medicine and bio-medical school.
My mother was a stay at home mom. She was always there for us in times of hap-piness or despair. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She took her Grandchildren with her everywhere. When she and my father came to visit me in South Carolina, she would bring at least one of my nieces or nephews. My mother made friends everywhere she went and children flocked to her. She will be missed by all that knew her. Your loving daughter, Melinda.
God saw you getting tired
And a cure was not to be,
So he put his arms
"Come to me".
With tearful eyes we watched you,
and saw you pass away.
Although we loved
we could not make
A golden heart
hard working hands at rest,
God broke our hearts
to prove to us
He only takes the best.