Audra Jean Stokes, 61, of Paducah, left this earth to assure her place with our Lord and Savior at 11:26 a.m. Tuesday, February 26, 2013, surrounded by family.
Jean was a selfless person who spent countless hours helping others and personified the heart of Christ. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. She enjoyed quiet reading time, shopping, spending time with her family, and her greatest joy was spending time with her grandkids who affectionately called her “MeMe”.
Jean was a member of Rosary Chapel and attended Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church. She graduated Draughon’s Business College and afterwards assumed a 42 year career with the United States Enrichment Corporation, where she formed many lifelong friendships.
She is survived by her husband of 26 years, Weldon Stokes; two sons, James Jernigan (Evette) of Paducah and Antonio Stokes (Carmen) of Farmington Hills, Mich.; one daughter, Tracie Mathews (Larry) of Smyrna, Tenn.; seven grandchildren, Austin Mayes, Jaylen and Alexis Jernigan, of Paducah, Aniyah and Eden Stokes of Farmington Hills, Mich.; and Kaleb and Kristian Mathews of Smyrna, Tenn.; three sisters, Beulah Morris and Yvonne Crowdus, both of Paducah, and Pam Smith of Columbia, S.C.; one brother, Joseph Smith Jr. of Paducah; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Joe and Bertha Mae Tharpe Smith; and one sister, Barbara Smith.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 2, 2013, at Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. Calvin R. Cole Sr. officiating. Entombment will be at Maplelawn Park Cemetery.
Friends may call after 12:30 p.m. Saturday, March 2, 2013, at the church.
Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to: American Cancer Society, 3140 Parisa Drive, Paducah, KY 42001.
Pettus-Rowland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.