November 18, 2004
202 W. Maple Street Willard OH 44890 11/21/2004 14:00:00
Willard, Ohio 11/22/2004 11:00:00
Juanita Elizabeth (Keene) Kilgore, age 86, passed away on Thursday, November 18, 2004 in Willard Mercy Hospital after a sudden illness. She was born on May 28, 1918 in Elkhorn City, Kentucky to the late John and Daisy (Shepherd) Keene and had been a resident of Willard most of his life. She was a graduate of Floyd County High School and attended Berea College both in Kentucky. She retired from MTD Industries after 28 years. She was a proud member of the Willard Church of the Nazarene and very active in church activities. She loved to read scriptures in church on Sunday morning and sang hymns accompanied by her daughter, Dana Schultz, on the keyboard. Juanita always sat in the “Amen” Corner every Sunday she attended church. She loved to cook and sew, often giving away little homemade gifts to family, friends and even her doctor. All who appreciated her perky spirit loved her.
Juanita is survived by five sons, Lindsey (Hannah) Kilgore of Georgia, Ellis Kilgore of Arizona, Timothy (Kathy) Kilgore of Willard, David (Sandy) Kilgore of Attica and James Barkley (Shirley) Merritt of Florida; three daughters, Marie (John) Fields of Florida, Fadanna (John) Schultz of Willard and Patricia (Clifford) Schultz of Willard. She was also blessed with 31 grandchildren, 32 great grandchildren and 20 great great grandchildren. One sister, Virginia (Bob) Butler of Arizona and a step son, Rodney Kilgore of Kentucky also survives.
She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 60 years, Kelly C. Kilgore on December 30, 2002; her parents; a sister, Mildred Wheeler; and a daughter, Elizabeth Kilgore, a granddaughter, Vieneta Osborne, and a stepdaughter, Mildred Risner.
Friends may call at the Secor Funeral Home in Willard on Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 PM. Funeral services will be held at the Church of the Nazarene on Monday at 11:00 AM with Pastor Robert “Doc” Burrows officiating. Burial will follow at the Maple Grove Cemetery in New Haven, Ohio. Memorial expressions can be made to the Church of the Nazarene or the Willard Mercy Building Fund in lieu of flowers.