Ventrice O. ‘Odetta’ Roy, 90


Ventrice O. “Odetta” Roy, 90, of Georgetown, Del., passed away and transitioned from this life to her heavenly home on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, at Beebe Healthcare in Lewes, Del. She was born on June 18, 1927, in Pungoteague, Va., to the late Jessie Ewell Nock and Margaret Nock.

Roy received her education in the Accomack County (Va.) Public School system. She gave her life to Christ at an early age. Years later, she relocated from Denton, Md., to Millsboro, Del., where she became an active member at Friendship United Methodist Church. Known as the “Mother of the Church,” she served as the president of Friendship’s Senior Choir, communion steward and a member of the Women of Wisdom (WOW) ministry.

Roy was employed in the 1970s at Seaview Department Store in Fenwick Island, Del., as a seamstress. After her retirement, Roy continued her sewing as a hobby, for family and friends. Her greatest joy was taking care of her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. She also enjoyed spending time with family and friends.

Roy was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph H. Roy; two sons, Louis J. Sturgis and Allen J. Sturgis; six sisters, Lottie, Gertrude, Katie, Winnie, Dorothy and Hennie; a daughter-in-law, Judy K. Sturgis; a granddaughter, LouJean Sturgis; and a cousin, Mary Francis.

Left to cherish her memories are a son, Donald L. Sturgis of Selbyville, Del.; an adopted grandson, Kevin Sturgis and his wife, Fedessia, of Hurlock, Md.; two sisters, Shirley Johnson and Clementine Baines; two daughters-in-law, Shirley Sturgis of Houston, Texas, and Vonda Sturgis of Snow Hill, Md.; two brothers-in-law; Elwood Roy of Greenwood, Md., and Bobby Roy of New Jersey; 10 grandchildren, Donald Sturgis Jr. and his spouse, Shawn, Mona Purnell and her husband, William, Beverly Blake and her husband, Quincy, Keith Sturgis and his wife, Tykeisha, Rodney Fisher and his wife, Veronica, Marie Welch and her spouse, Warnie, of Houston, Robin Jackson of Houston, Sterling Chandler of Selbyville, Terrance Chandler of Selbyville and Pat Johnson of Millsboro; and a host of great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, relatives and special friends.

Services were scheduled for Dec. 9, 2017, at St. John 2nd Baptist Church in Millsboro, Del.