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Kelly, Clara Virginia - Belmont  
Sr. Clara Virginia Kelly BELMONT - Sister Clara Virginia Kelly died on January 23, 2015, in the Marian Canter at Sacred Heart Convent, Belmont, following a brief illness. Sister was a native of Spencer, the second daughter born to Clara and Walter Kelly. Her first association with the Sisters of Mercy was attending Sacred Heart Elementary School in Salisbury. Little was it known that this would prove to be only the beginning of a long-time relationship with the Sisters. After graduating from Dreher High School in Columbia, SC, Sister Clara Virginia entered Mercy School of Nursing, Charlotte, where she simultaneously earned a Nursing Degree and an Associate in Applied Science from Sacred Heart College, Belmont. She worked for two years as an RN at Mercy Hospital when she decided to enter the Community of the Sisters of Mercy. Always eager to improve herself in her nursing skills she earned a BS in Nursing from Mount Mercy College, Pittsburgh, PA. She returned to Asheville where she served as Nursing Supervisor at St. Joseph Hospital. It was in this capacity that her gifts for innovation, creativity and teaching began to manifest themselves. She very quickly became involved in the establishment of Coronary and Intensive Care Units at the hospital and made provision for the necessary advanced training of nursing personnel. While at St. Joseph she began to demonstrate administrative skills as she assisted in the planning of a new St. Joseph Hospital. She also served on the hospital's Board of Directors for thirteen years. During this time Sister Clara Virginia earned a certificate as a Family Nurse Practitioner at UNC-Asheville. This field of nursing provided many new opportunities for service in the health care system. Sister had a passion to alleviate the pain and suffering of patients and to do all that she could to improve the care they received. She realized that the level of care that was administered by caregivers was directly related to their preparation in specific fields. This understanding led her to assume a position in the Department of Geriatrics at East Carolina School of Medicine. In this role she was involved in coordinating several training programs: Family Medicine Residents, the Home Visiting Program, the Geriatric Evaluation Clinic, and the Nursing Home Program. In 1994 Sister Clara Virginia moved to Florida where she served as a nurse practitioner in several clinics, rehabilitation centers and long-term care facilities. She worked for eleven years as a nurse practitioner at Consulate Health Care in Melbourne, Florida. In 2011 after retiring from Consulate Health Care she learned of the opening a new clinic the Space Coast Volunteers in Medicine Clinic in Viera, Florida, and her passion for serving the poor and the sick led her to join this group. She served as Medical Director of the clinic until her health began to fail. During her fifty-nine years as a Sister of Mercy, Sister Clara Virginia's ministries focused on nursing, healthcare and education. Her dedicated service reflected her commitment to advocating for the sick, poor and elderly. Sister Clara Virginia is survived by her sister Frances Jane Johnson and several nephews. Wake and visitation will be 7 PM, Monday, January 26 at Sacred Heart Convent, Belmont. A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 AM, Tuesday, January 27, at Sacred Heart Convent, Belmont. Memorials may be directed to Sisters of Mercy, 101 Mercy Drive, Belmont, NC 28012, or Space Coast Volunteers in Medicine, 2555 Judge Fran Jamaison Way, Viera, FL 32940. Arrangements entrusted with McLean Funeral Directors, Belmont.
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Published in Charlotte Observer on Jan. 25, 2015
Kesterson, Jefferson T. - Black Mountain  
Rev. Jefferson T. Kesterson BLACK MOUNTAIN - Rev. Jefferson T. Kesterson, 86, of Black Mountain, died on Saturday, January 24, 2015, at Givens Highland Farms Retirement Community. A native of Knoxville, TN, Rev. Kesterson was a son of the late Charles and Bess Raines Kesterson. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Marilynn Poole Kesterson. Rev. Kesterson pastored at numerous churches around the Southeast, including Church of the Covenant, in Greensboro, West Asheville Presbyterian Church, in Asheville, and Thomasboro Presbyterian Church, in Charlotte, from which he retired. In his spare time, Rev. Kesterson loved tinkering with and collecting watches. He enjoyed disassembling and reassembling them and even designed and built a few of his own. Rev. Kesterson is survived by his daughters, Lynn Kesterson-Townes and husband Stephen A., of Los Angeles, CA, and Kim Kesterson-Trone, of Greensboro; and grandchildren, Taylor Townes and Olivia Trone. A graveside service for Rev. Kesterson was on Monday at Green Hills Cemetery, Asheville. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Parkinson's Disease Foundation, 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509, New York, NY 10018 The online register is available at www.grocefuneralhome.com .
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Published in Charlotte Observer on Jan. 27, 2015
Killinger, Maphry - Charlotte  
Maphry Johnson Killinger "Mae" CHARLOTTE - Maphry "Mae" Johnson Killinger, age 83, died peacefully on January 27, 2015, surrounded by her family. She was preceded in death by her father, Arnold Johnson; mother, Jessie Johnson; and two sisters, Myra Johnson Christie and Mary Johnson Canipe. Survivors include son, Brian Christie and wife, Allyson Taylor; son, Tim Christie and wife, Kristen; four grandsons, Jeff, Tyler, Ryan and Colt Christie; and two nieces, Karen Soblotne and Denise Temple. Mae was born in Avery County on March 5, 1931. She graduated from Cranberry High School in 1948. Mae was a strong-willed woman who helped raise two boys and did everything her own way. She was an accomplished hair stylist for over 60 years. Mae loved to travel and explore the world. She had traveled to most of the US, Europe, Hong Kong, China and Japan. She lived in Detroit, MI for 15 years and Bradenton, FL for two years. Mae had resided in Charlotte for over 40 years. The family will receive friends 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Saturday, January 31st at Wilson Funeral & Cremation Service. She was a mountain girl at heart and will be laid to rest privately at Yellow Mountain Cemetery in Avery County with her parents, and sister. Mae was loved by many and the world was a better place with her in it. She will be greatly missed. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care, 1420 East 7th Street, Charlotte, NC 28204. Arrangements by Wilson Funeral and Cremation Service, 5301 Albemarle Road, Charlotte, NC 28212 (704-568-2106). Condolences may be offered at www.wilsonfuneralservices.com .
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Published in Charlotte Observer on Jan. 28, 2015
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