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Obituaries

May 8, 2014

Lula Mae Saikley

Lula Mae Saikley, 92, of Danville, passed away Wednesday, May 7, 2014, at Hawthorne Inn in Danville.

Lu was born Sept. 15, 1921, in Morgantown, Ky., one of six siblings born to Earl Sharer and Prince Williams Sharer.

She married G. Haven Saikley on Aug. 9, 1943, in Owensboro, Ky.

Survivors include her son, Gilbert H. (Valeria) Saikley of Danville; her daughter, Deborah Susan (Les) Bujko of Houston, Texas; grandson, Scott Saikley (Sahaja Malone-Aram) of Pasadena, Calif.; granddaughters Megan (Sean) Reed of Santa Cruz, Calif., and Lesley Renae (Abed Said) Bentley of Houston, Texas; great-grandsons, Braxton and Evan Reed and Gabriel Bentley; great-granddaughter, Sophia Said; brother, Gerald (Joyce) Sharer of Rochester, Ill.; and a special nephew, Richard “Sonny” (Patty Ann) Sharer of Des Moines, Iowa.

Lu was preceded in death by her husband, G. Haven Saikley; her daughter, Joanne Saikley LePage; brothers, Wren Sharer, Wilson Sharer and the Rev. Malcolm Rains; and sisters, Dorothy (Tom) Brown and Earline (LeVaughn) Heflin.

Lu graduated from Owensboro High School, Owensboro, Ky., in 1938 and met her future husband, G. Haven Saikley, during WWII in Louisville, Ky. As newlyweds in 1943, they resided briefly in Dayton, Ohio, and then moved to Danville in 1945. She worked for F.L. Jacobs Co. in Danville and worked as an education secretary at North Ridge Junior High School from its opening date in August 1961 until her retirement in October 1981.

Lu was an active member of First Baptist Church since 1945, serving as a Sunday School teacher and youth leader. She rarely missed a Sunday service and often attended two Sunday services. At First Baptist, she was active in the Gleaners and Golden Agers.

She also was a member of the Rose Society along with her special friend, Herb Montel. Further, she was a past president of Danville Association of Education Office Personnel, National Association of Education Office Personnel and a life member of Lakeview Medical Center Auxiliary.

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