Wanda Shelton Funk Stoker lost a hard fought and courageous battle with cancer Oct. 5, 2013, at Pulaski Health and Rehab Center. She was born Jan. 29, 1948 in Marion to the late John and Sarah Shelton. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a sister and brother-in-law, Charlotte and Jack Greer of Siler City, N.C., and brother-in-law, Ralph Johnson of Chilhowie. Two brothers, Willis Shelton of Cochranville, Pa., and Stanley Shelton of Sacramento, Calif., also died before her. Her father-in-law, Clive Stoker, of Sparta, N.C., preceded her in death.
Survivors include her husband, Gwyn Stoker, of Pulaski, her sons Mark Funk of Pulaski, and Joshua Stoker and wife, Colleen, of Christiansburg. She is also survived by the love of her life, her granddaughter, Kerrigan Stoker of Christiansburg. Also surviving is Colleen’s brother, Kyle Curran of Radford.
Surviving sisters and brothers include Blana Johnson of Chilhowie; Violet Carter and husband Phil of Cedar City, Utah; Jeanne Freeman and husband Richard of Asheville, N.C.; J. C. Shelton and wife, Libby, of Naples, Fla; and Don Shelton and wife, Joyce, of Cloverdale. Also surviving are her sisters-in-law, Sue Shelton of Debary, Fla. and Ann Shelton of Sacramento, Calif. She is survived by her husband’s sisters, Sandra Jova and husband Clarence of Chapel Hill, N.C.; Susan Thomas and husband Ken of Sparta, N.C.; and Julia Leigh Whatmore and husband, Jim, of Asheville, N.C. as well as her mother-in-law Doris Stoker of Sparta, N.C.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Robert (Bobby) Funk, of Groseclose, who died in an automobile accident. She was also predeceased by Bobby’s parents, Claude and Gladys Funk, sister, Louise Catron, brother, Marvin Funk, and sister-in-law Nancy Funk, all of Groseclose. She is survived by Bobby’s sister, Ann Whisman, and husband, Bob, of Marion; Bobby’s brother, Jimmy Funk, of Marion; brother-in-law, Clarence Catron, and wife, Janie, of Marion.
Wanda was known in Pulaski and around the New River Valley as the “cake lady.” She designed and created hundreds of wedding, birthday, and special occasion cakes for over 20 years. Her cakes and baked goods were truly handmade works of art and tasted as good as they looked.
She was a kind, caring, funny, witty woman. She dearly loved children and would do anything to see that any child she met was appreciated and cared for. All of the other children in her sons’ classes called her the best “class mom.” She always made costumes for school plays or other special occasions and baked “goodies” throughout the school year. Many of her cake customers told her their celebration wasn’t complete if they didn’t have a “Wanda cake.”
Wanda will be cherished and dearly missed by her many friends and family. Her whole life was spent caring for others. A special lady has left us.
The family would like to thank Dr. McCoy, Dr. Brooks, Dr. Ojomo, and Karen Scalf-Benham of the Blue Ridge Cancer Center for their kindness and care of Wanda. A special thank you to the second floor nursing staff at LewisGale Hospital-Montgomery and to all of the nursing staff at Pulaski Health and Rehab.
The family will receive friends at Stevens Funeral Home of Pulaski Wednesday, Oct. 9, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, at Stevens Funeral Home. Graveside burial services will be held at 4 p.m. Oct. 10 at Glade Valley Presbyterian Church, Glade Valley, N.C.