Kathleen Faye Waters Stilwell

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SIDNEY - "Come home," Jesus said, "Come home." So on Feb. 20, 2013, at 12:10 p.m. Kathleen Faye Waters Stilwell, after 73 years of life with her beloved family and friends, heeded God's call and went to sleep, leaving her earthly family and friends and the sting of death behind. Her spirit immediately entered heaven and she opened her eyes to the new life that her personal Savior, Jesus Christ, had planned for her.
She was born on Oct. 12, 1939, in a small coal mining town in Cucumber, West Virginia to Everett and Desda Oma (Young) Waters, now deceased. Her parents later moved and she grew up in Abbs Valley, Va. near Bluefield, Va. On November 24, 1956 she married Ervin Thomas "Tuck" Stilwell who survives along with grandson, Matthew Thomas Stilwell, and loving daughter-in-law, Karen Martin Smith Stilwell, both of Muskogee, Okla.; special grandchildren, Kerri Conners and her children, Caden and Averie, and Roger and Christie Smith and their children, Jace and Ketcher all of Muskogee, Okla.; special nephew, W. Darrin Waters and his children, Payton, Selene and Racin, of Fort Loramie; siblings, Everett Waters Jr. and wife Luerinda of The Villages, Fla., Joeann Waters Standley, of Galion, and Jerry Randle Waters and wife Sue, of Iberia; sisters-in-law, Betty Stilwell and Charlotte Stilwell, of Kennett Squire, Pa. and Barbara Stilwell, of Hockessin, Del.; nieces and nephews, Deborah and Brek Wildermuth and Kirsten, of Dublin, Michael and Robin Standley, Brooke and Adison. of Wapakoneta, Gregory and Deb Standley, Morganna, Megan, and Logan, of Auburn Twp., Aaron and Jackie Waters, Emily and Sarah, of Cardington, Linda and Jeff Jacobs and their children, Sean, Joshua, Kyle, and Tyler Jacobs, of Bear, Del., Becky Stilwell of Hockessin, Del., Colin Courtney of Kennett Squire, Pa., Douglas and Cindi Stilwell, Bradley, Adam, and Lindsey, of Hockessin, Del., Keith and Melissa Stilwell and Amanda, of Smyrna, Del., Scott and Kathie Stilwell, Stephanie and Chris, of Middletown, Del., and Darrell Levi Stilwell of Bear, Del.
She was preceded in death by two children, Thomas Alan Stilwell and Patricia Ann Stilwell, three brothers-in-law, Simon Jerry Standley, Raymond Lee Stilwell and Donald Prentice Stilwell, and two sisters-in-law, Dorothy Stilwell and Janet Louise Stilwell Waters.
Kathleen's parents (her father being a coal miner) were firm believers in God. They took their four children to the Abbs Valley Baptist Church, where they grew up, and she accepted Christ as her Savior. She sang in the choir and was active in that church until she graduated from Pocahontas High School, Pocahontas, Va., in 1957. Now a ghost coal mining town, the school closed its educational doors in 2008 for lack of students. She later attended Edison Community College in Piqua.
When her husband finished his two year tour of duty with the U.S. Army at Fort Gordon, Ga. they moved to Sidney in 1959 and he returned to his former job at the Copeland Corp. She worked at The Spot Restaurant, and later at the now demolished, Johnson Restaurant & Bowling Alley, while the bowling alley, attached to the restaurant, was under construction until the early '60s. While the children were growing up, she also did reupholster work and sewing out of the family home. In August 1976 she was employed by the Hardin-Houston School Board as a school bus driver, working 30 years before retiring in 2006. In the early 1960's she became an active member of Grace Baptist Church. With a strong love for children she helped in Bible School and later became a second/third grade teacher in Sunday school. She also hosted Bible studies in her home. Breast cancer struck her in August 1998. With that thorn-in-the-flesh she spent the rest of her life in and out of chemotherapy/radiation treatments, loving the Lord and trying to live a happy productive life.
Funeral services will be held Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Cromes Funeral Home, 302 S. Main Ave, Sidney, with Pastor James Alter officiating. Burial will follow at Shelby Memory Gardens in Sidney.
The family will receive friends on Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. at the funeral home.
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Published in Sidney Daily News on Feb. 21, 2013
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