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Betty Kilby
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Betty Adele Summers Kilby died at home on November 9, 2017. She was born to Harry Lee and Emma Lee Gentry Summers on June 08, 1929 in North Wilkesboro, NC. On December 25, 1949, she married Andrew Lomax (Bud) Kilby. She was a member of First Baptist Church in North Wilkesboro, NC.

Mrs. Kilby was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Jean Beasley, and her beloved brother, Charles Summers.

A graduate of North Wilkesboro High School, Mrs. Kilby attended Lees-McRae College. Prior to her marriage, she worked for attorney Larry Moore where she delighted in keeping the records for the Flashers semi-pro baseball team.

After her marriage, Betty devoted her life to Bud and their three children, Andrew L. Kilby, Jr. (Mary), John Kilby (Phyllis), and Betty Ann Kilby Foster. Serving as chef, chauffeur, and homemaker, she made caring for her family her first priority. She cooked from scratch, and her macaroni and cheese surpassed belief.

In addition to their children, she is survived by six grandchildren, Jenni Foster Roope, Elisha Kilby Jernigan, Beau Foster, Sarah Kilby Munson, Anne Kilby, John Kilby, Jr., and five great grandchildren, each of whom love and cherish her for the stories she read and told and the memories she made for them each time they visited. She is also survived by her sisters, Dot Summers Deal and Rita Summers Foster, and her brothers, Harry Summers and Bill Summers, along with numerous nieces, nephews, and her faithful and loving dog, Roscoe. Her family was her life, and she always enjoyed her time spent among her relatives.

As a girl Betty was Presbyterian, but became a Baptist after her marriage. For thirty years, she taught the 3 year-olds in Sunday School at the First Baptist Church of North Wilkesboro. An ardent reader, she truly appreciated the library for the enjoyment it brought her. She was one of the first volunteers with the Ladies’ Auxiliary at Wilkes General Hospital, sewing her own pink smock to wear when she worked. She served as one of the first Chairwomen of the organization and continued to volunteer for many years. In later years, her passion became painting and she developed a true talent with watercolor. However, her greatest joy may have been the time she and Bud spent relaxing at Myrtle Beach for several weeks each year, watching the waves roll in from sun up to sunset, enjoying the company of friends they made through the years.

A private family service is planned with the Reverend Stevan A. Snipes, close family friend, officiating.

The extraordinary services of Hospice cannot be overstated and the family wishes to thank all those involved in our mother’s care for your genuine understanding, kindness, support, and care throughout the time of our mother’s illness. We are simply so glad to have had you all there.

The family requests no food. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Wilkes Library Endowment Fund, 215 Tenth St., North Wilkesboro, NC, 28659.


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