Stacey Rebecca (Rider) Whaley
Stacey Whaley, 35, of Rifle passed away peacefully at the family cabin in Hot Sulphur Springs, Colorado.Stacey was born December 10, 1975, in Glenwood Springs to Jerry W. & Beverly J. (Sanders) Rider. After graduating from Rifle High School she married Charles L. Whaley on May 21, 1995, at Rifle Falls. Stacey drove a school bus for Re-2 School District for a number of years, and cherished the friends she made there. She coached girls soccer for a couple of years and coached her own children in T-ball and soccer. She loved children, and just loved people in general. Stacey was always helping someone with whatever they had need of. She loved sports, volleyball, basketball and softball. For a time, she played softball on a summer league until a car accident left her unable to play. Stacey enjoyed hunting and camping with family and friends.Stacey’s husband and children were the most important people in her life. She loved God, and had a very deep faith. She was a member of New Creation Church of Glenwood Springs.Stacey was preceded in death by her grandfather Luke Rider; grandparents Arlene & Elmer Reader; grandfather Frank E. Sanders; and her uncles Troy Rider and Ed Sanders.She leaves behind the love of her life, husband Charles L. Whaley; her children Jake L. Whaley and Ashley Jean Rebecca Whaley; brothers Travas (Denise) Rider and Trever (Cori) Rider; foster sisters Sasha and Jennifer Ross; grandmother Flora Rider; nephews Austin, Isaac, Josiah, Malachi & Hunter; and numerous cousins and other relatives.A memorial service will be held Wednesday, November 23, at 11:00 a.m. at New Creation Church of Glenwood Springs.In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to Stacey Whaley Memorial fund at Western Rockies Federal Credit Union Online condolences at RifleFuneralHome.com.
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The Glenwood Springs-Rifle sports rivalry goes way back for GSHS baseball coach and former Demons multi-sport student-athlete Eric Nieslanik.