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Amy Francis McIntyre Stafford, 85, of Berkeley Springs, W.Va., formerly of Ashland, died Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, in The Berkeley Springs Center.
She was born April 2, 1932, in Kansas City, Mo., the daughter of the late Andrew Cornelius Sr. and Henrietta Lewen McIntyre. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two children, Dan Andrew Stafford and Mary Helen Conn-Smith.
Amy was a member of First Christian Church in Ashland. She was a graduate of Ashland High School where she played in the 1948 Inaugural Parade in Washington, D.C. She participated in community bands in Huntington, W.Va., Ceredo, W.Va., Springfield, Ohio, and the State of New Jersey.
Amy earned her Bachelor of Art's degree in Music from Marshall University in Huntington. Amy taught instrumental marching bands at Rockhill Junior High School, Worthington High School, Holy Family Middle School in Ashland, Winfield Middle School in West Virginia and Jamaica Girls School in Montego Bay, Jamaica.
She liked natural healing, self-help and comedy. Amy loved live symphony, orchestral performances, reading mysteries and horror, and sewing, where she made many Easter outfits for all her children. She was a music union member.
Amy is survived by her children, Sherry Stafford-Loeb of Berkeley Springs, Melody Lynn Martin of Nyssa, Ore., Jan Morris Stafford of Tennessee and Valerie Kay Rice of Catlettsburg; 10 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services and interment in New Highland Cemetery in Hamilton, Mo., will be private.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to your local high school band.
Helsley-Johnson Funeral Home & Cremation Center in Berkeley Springs, W.Va. is in charge of arrangements.
Condolences may be sent to helsleyjohnsonfh.com.
Published on December 11, 2017
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