Martha E. Stanlely, age 83, formerly of Penn Ave., Greenville, passed away Sunday, August 12, 2018 in St. Paul's. 

She was born in Cochranton, PA on November 29, 1934 to Ralph and Freda A. (Flaugh) Oakes.  She was a 1952 graduate of Pymatuning Joint High School in Jamestown and had been employed as a sales clerk at Walmart in Meadville for 18 years. 

Martha was a member of Christian Assembly Church, Greenville and had been a former member of Gospel Tabernacle in Saegertown. She had previously been in charge of the Seagertown Food Pantry and had volunteered for Meadville and Cambridge Springs Food Pantry's and for the Seagertown Angel Food Ministries. She was a member of American Legion Post #140, Greenville, had been a past volunteer with Southern Care Hospice and she enjoyed riding horses. 

Martha had served as a Corporal in the U.S. Army stationed in Japan during the Korean Conflict. 

She is survived by two daughters, Barbara Roth of Orange Park, FL, and Amy Frantz and her husband Harry of Greenville, two sons, William L. “Billy” Stanley, Jr. of Greenville and Jeffrey O. Stanley and his wife Faye of Slidel, LA, and seven grandchildren, step grandchildren, step great-grandchildren, step great great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Alton Oakes and Gerald Flemming, and a daughter-in-law, Cyndi.

Memorial contributions may be made to Christian Assembly Church, 111 Main St., Greenville, PA 16125 or to American Legion Post #140, 278 Main St., Greenville, PA 16125.



  1. Kim Hyde (White) Kim Hyde (White)
    August 14, 2018    

    So very sorry for your loss,she was a wonderful lady

  2. Melanie Thompson Melanie Thompson
    August 14, 2018    

    A gracious, lovely lady who inspired all those she met. Martha lived her faith and encouraged others to do the same through her words and actions. She was a woman to respect and admire and she will be missed by all those who knew her. My deepest and most heartfelt prayers for her family. Melanie

  3. Boni Hamilton Boni Hamilton
    August 14, 2018    

    Billy and Amy, How bittersweet must be your grief — you know your mother’s ultimate destination is glory, yet your hearts ache with your own loss. Amy, I had never noticed how you carry your mother’s smile! My condolences to you both and your extended family. May you feel peace.

  4. Linda Johnston Linda Johnston
    August 14, 2018    

    So very sorry for your loss she was a very special lady. Always had a smile on her face when you seen her, will miss her a lot prayers for the family love

  5. Anonymous Anonymous
    August 14, 2018    

    To all of you my friends. Growing up together was a lot of great times . Billy, Barb, Jeff and Amy, you are forever in my thoughts and prayers. Your Mom was a sweet lady and you all showed her love in you. My deepest sadness is shared with you all. Much love and prayers, Cindy Marini Stefanovsky.

  6. Rhonda Chriswell (Barber) Rhonda Chriswell (Barber)
    August 14, 2018    

    I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you in this time.

  7. Michelle Demmler DePree Michelle Demmler DePree
    August 15, 2018    

    Sending my deepest sympathy to all of you, Mrs. Stanley was our bus driver for many years, and one tough lady with a beautiful smile…every morning when we climbed up those big bus steps..there it was with a good morning everyday, many memories of her. She didn’t take any of the ruckus on the bus that’s for sure, don’t know how those bus drivers do it….she was such a lovely and gracious woman, so very sorry to hear of her passing, may she rest in peace now and cherish her memory. The hardest thing in the world losing your mother, she’ll live on in you.

  8. Fred (Alton, Jr.) and LeAnn Oakes Fred (Alton, Jr.) and LeAnn Oakes
    August 15, 2018    

    Our hearts and prayers go out to the Stanley family. Your mom was quiet, strong, loving, non-judgemental and kind. She has been an inspiration to many, including (me) us. I thank the Lord for her being my aunt, and look forward to the day when we will all be together again, in heaven.

    God bless,

    Fred and LeAnn

  9. Dane & Betty Mincer Dane & Betty Mincer
    August 15, 2018    

    Our deepest sympathies go out to you Billy and the rest of your family members.
    I have been keeping tabs on your mom’s health through Mindy and saying a prayer for her, for healing in whatever form God would make it. Because sometimes we know that the healing we need is to pass on to be with Him for Eternity where we are in no more pain and suffering. And we were also praying for you for the strength that only comes from God.
    Thinking of you during this fime.

  10. Rodney L. Joslin SFC Retired Rodney L. Joslin SFC Retired
    August 16, 2018    

    To the Stanley Family;;; Martha was a very caring lady. She loved her Military background and would show it whenever she could. I know she loved putting that uniform on an showing respect for USA and military. She loved people and being around people. Sorry that I did not find out in time to pay my respect but I do have a lot of respect for that wonderful lady. I do have the family in Prayers

  11. Elaine Anthony Talbot Elaine Anthony Talbot
    August 20, 2018    

    To Martha’s family

    I was sad to learn of your mother’s passing. We have been friends for decades and the memories I have are so comforting. I pray each of you will find God’s comfort during these coming days, weeks, months. Martha was a lovely sweet person, very caring. Thank God for the “blessed hope” we have in knowing where she is now, and that we will be reunited once again in eternity. My love and prayers are with you.

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