Alma (Eileen) Pursley McKee, 98, of Mineral Wells WV, formerly of Millstone WV, passed away peacefully at the home of her daughter Donna, on April 8, 2021.|
She was born on August 13, 1922, to Deering C. Pursley and Opal Anna McConnell Pursley of Spencer, WV. She was a member of the Albert's Chapel UMC, Sand Ridge, WV. Eileen graduated from Spencer High School in 1943. After graduation, she worked for the Quarter Master Corps in Washington, D.C. during World War II and was a member of the Quarter Master Band, marching behind President F. D. Roosevelt's casket in 1945. After the war, she returned to Spencer to work at the Depue Hospital, where she met her husband Arcoe E. McKee of Millstone WV (deceased). Eileen loved to travel with her daughters. She loved camping and long car rides on back roads of West Virginia. Her first plane ride was at the age of 79 to Las Vegas, NV, with her daughters, a trip she often talked about. Her other travels include New Orleans, LA, Chicago, IL, Seattle WA, and many trips to Florida to visit her sister Louise and family.
Eileen was an accomplished seamstress, winning a few Blue and Red Ribbon awards for quilting, sewing, and embroidering. She made several wedding dresses for family and friends. Loving to give embroidered pillowcases and handmade baby quilts as gifts. She also enjoyed hosting family reunions for the McKee/Ball family and the Pursley/Radabaugh family. There was always lots of good food, laughter, and good times had by all who came.
Arcoe and Eileen were married on March 28, 1948, together they had three daughters surviving, Anna Lou Wilson (Charles) of Parkersburg WV, Lynda Sue Milliron (Keith) of Big Springs WV, and Donna Lea Owens (Charles) of Mineral Wells WV; and special daughter Carlene Frederick and family of Nobe WV.
Also surviving are six grandchildren and their spouses: Leanna Wilson, Lenora Lyons, Steven Milliron (Jenny), Lisa Byers (Shane), Angela Eileen Edman (Austin), Melynda Reese (Michael); 16 great-grandchildren: Alayna Dowler (Cynthia Washabaugh), Christa Lyons, Katelyn Fletcher (Stephen), Ryan, Jenna, and Kasey Milliron, Mykala (Brandon Franco), Jakob, and Blake Summers, Laiken Byers, Grant and Jackson Edman, Riley and Zoey Reese; and three great-great-grandchildren: Ashlynn, Kaleb, and Skylar Fletcher, and Baby Boy Franco.
In addition to her parents and husband, she is preceded in death by two sisters Louise Jaynes and Iris Ruth Simmons, and two brothers Haden Pursley and Robert Pursley (in infancy).
Her daughters would like to thank Housecalls and Housecalls Hospice for their loving care of their mother, it was greatly appreciated. Eileen will be remembered as a bright shining light by her family and many friends.
Eileen's family requests that, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to Sand Ridge Albert's Chapel Church.
A funeral service will be held at Stump Funeral Home & Cremation, Inc., Arnoldsburg WV, on Wednesday, April 14, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. David Weaver officiating. Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. until time of service. Interment will be in Sand Ridge Cemetery.
Due to COVID-19, masks and social distancing are required.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to Sand Ridge Albert's Chapel Church.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com