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Maria Stiles, 61, Hornell

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Maria Stiles – 61 – of 19 Locust Dr., Hornell, died Tuesday morning (December 12, 2023) at her home, following a courageous battle with cancer.

Born in Hornell on July 2, 1962, she was the daughter of Wesley & Rosemary (Kuhn) Hamilton.

Maria grew up in Hornell and was a graduate of St. Ann’s School (class of 1976) and later graduated from Hornell High School (class of 1980).  While in high school, she enjoyed many activities including playing flute for the HHS Band and was a member of the JV Cheerleading Team and later Varsity Cheerleading Teams.

Following high school graduation, Maria was employed for about 11 years as a sales clerk for JC Penney Clothing in Hornell.  For 23 years she served as a dental assistant for John P. Meyer DDS, retiring due to illness. She enjoyed people and loved her years working with the public.

Maria was a member of Our Lady of the Valley Parish and a communicant of St. Ann’s Church.  She was a member of the Hornell Alumni Association and a former member of the Hornell Association.  As an adult, Maria enjoyed many years of dancing for Miss Lisa’s Dance Studio. 

As country music fan, Maria and her husband, Dan, attended countless country concerts and rock & roll concerts throughout the years.  Having a deep love of family, they enjoyed many, many years of taking “beach vacations” to Myrtle Beach, SC, Florida and Virginia Beach. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, Wes & Rosemary Hamilton; her brother, John Hamilton; and her sister-in-law, Jennifer Hamilton.

On February 23, 1980, Maria was married in St. Ann’s Church to Daniel “Dan” Stiles who survives. Also surviving are her daughter, Theresa Marie (Brian Butler) Stiles of Hornell; 3 sisters, Ann (Roger) Hamilton Leclaire of Hudson Falls, NY, Patricia (Ethan) Allen of Jacksonville, NC and Christine (Don) White of New Berlin, NY; 2 brothers, Mike (Lisa) Hamilton of Alfred Station, NY and Joseph Hamilton of Charlotte, NC; many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces & nephews.

The family of Maria Stiles will receive friends on Saturday from 1:00 PM until 3:00 PM at the Dagon Funeral Home, 38 Church St., Hornell, NY.  A Funeral Service will be held at the conclusion of calling hours at 3:00 PM with Deacon Robert McCormick officiating.  Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Maria’s family request that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in her name be made to either the Hornell Humane Society, 7649 Industrial Park Road, Hornell, NY 14843 or to the Ann & Carl Myers Cancer Center, C/O Noyes Memorial Hospital, 111 Clara Barton St., Dansville, NY  14437.  Memorial forms will be available at the Dagon Funeral Home.

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