DANVILLE — Marcella P. “Sally” Mickley, 73, of 28763 Mickley Road, Danville, left this earth to be with our Heavenly Father on March 5, 2011, following a brave battle with heart disease.
Sally was born Dec. 13, 1937. She was the daughter of Alva F. and Pearl F. Didinger. She graduated from Glenmont High School where she was active as a varsity cheerleader, band member, class valedictorian and Football Homecoming Queen. She married her husband, Floyd A. Mickley, in 1956. They would have celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary on April 14 of this year.
They were the proud parents of 11 children, Marsha (Lyle) Lyons, Rose Mickley, Patty Mickley, Pauline Mickley, Keith (Sherri) Mickley, Scott (Pam) Mickley, Gerard Mickley, Gary (Andrea) Mickley, Richard (Suzanne) Mickley, Frank Mickley and Russell (Heidi) Mickley. She is also survived by 14 grandchildren, Toni Lyons, Ryan Sapp, and Julie, Brad, Eric, Jon (Jessica), Clayton, Amanda, Paige, Daniel, Hannah, Tyler, Joey and Kadence Mickley; four great-grandchildren, Levi and Landon Lyons, Charley and Kari Mickley; her four sisters, Anita (James) Carpenter, Leora (James) Weigand, Wanda (Roger) Kriner and Alfretta (Robert) Mohn; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
She was a member of the St. Luke Catholic Church for 57 years and was active in the St. Luke’s PCCW Group. She was a retired postal mail carrier and spent her life helping her husband work on the family farm. She once said that the crop they were best at raising was “kids.”
She was happiest when surrounded by her family. She will always be remembered for her happy smile, kind words of encouragement and sense of humor. She loved to plant flowers, feed the birds, ride around the farm with Floyd on their golf cart and they always took the family dog everywhere they went.
She loved to collect things and she also loved to attend ballgames and horse shows to support her kids and grandkids. It was not uncommon for Sally and Floyd to attend three or even four ballgames in one day.
She truly was the “World’s Best Mom” and is now certainly one of Heaven’s best and brightest angels. As her earthbound children shed tears of goodbye, her heavenly children welcome her home to the Kingdom of God with shouts of great joy.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Paul and Robert (Carol) Didinger; and four children, Gerard, Pauline, Frank and Richard Mickley.
A funeral Mass will be held Tuesday, March 8, at 11 a.m. at the St. Luke Catholic Church in Danville, with the Rev. Father F. Richard Snoke officiating. Burial will follow in St. Luke Cemetery. Calling hours will be held at the church today from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m., and one hour prior to the funeral service on Tuesday. The Fischer Funeral Home in Danville is handling arrangements; www.fischerfuneralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to The Danville Athletic Boosters, c/o KSB Bank, P.O. Box 50, Danville, OH 43014.