(12/30/2002)
Leah B. Sturm, 92, of Millsboro, Delaware, formerly of Mt. Zion, WV, departed this life at 10:15 a.m. December 25, 2002, following a brief illness.

She was born June 9, 1910, the daughter of the late Howard and Arminda Anderson Brannon. On June 10, 1932, she married Otho E. Sturm, who preceded her in death on June 24, 1981. Mrs. Sturm was a homemaker and taught in a one-room school in Calhoun County in the early '30s. She was a member of the Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, Mt. Zion, and was very active in community affairs.

She is survived by three daughters, Joan Gherke (Eugene) of Millsboro, Del.; Carolyn Hatfield (Bill) of Georgetown, Del., and Debbie Moore (Glenn) of Millsboro, Del.; one son, Richard B. (Carolyn) of Weston; eight grandchildren, Lisa Groves of Millsboro, Del., Pam Ware (Denver) of French Creek, W.Va., Steve Gherke (Judy) of Millsboro, Del., Craig Sturm of Weston, Jeff Hatfield (Lisa) of Millsboro, Carrie Morton (Bryan) of Herndon, Va., Clint Moore (Jeanine) of Millsboro, Del., and Mindi Moore of Millsboro, Del.; eight great-grandchildren, Josie Buch (Larry) of Jane Lew, W.Va, Thomas Guy of Millsboro, Del., Caitlyn and Erica Sturm of Weston, Casie and Brynna Morton of Herndon, Va., Megan Gherke of Millsboro, Del., and Kaylin Hatfield of Millsboro, Del.; one sister, Birdie (Bood) Haugh of Florida; and one brother, Lenna H. Brannon of Texas; several nieces and nephews; and a host of friends.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Eula Larrison.

Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Friday at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, WV. Interment will follow in Mt. Zion Cemetery. Friends and family may call beginning 9 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.

At the request of the deceased and her family, donations may be made in Mrs. Sturm's memory to
Gumboro Fellowship Church Building Fund
Route 3 Box 217-G
Millsboro, Delaware 19966
or to Calvary Baptist Church Building Fund
318 S. DuPont Highway
Georgetown, Delaware 19947.


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