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Nila Lorraine Kilby Wassum

June 3, 1928 September 1, 2018
Nila Lorraine Kilby Wassum
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Nila Lorraine Kilby Wassum, age 90 of Wilkesboro, passed away Saturday, September 1st, 2018 at her home surrounded by family.

Nila was born June 3rd, 1928 in Lancaster County, PA to Carl Norman Kilby and Ruth Louthian Kilby. Prior to moving to North Carolina in 1971, she and her family lived in Marion, Virginia where she met the love of her life, J.T. She worked for Brunswick Corporation and was a bookkeeper for various furniture stores and a doctor’s office.
Upon moving to North Carolina, she worked in accounting for Northwestern Bank.

Nila enjoyed being involved in the community. She was an active member of Baptist Home Baptist Church for many years. She served the Lord and community through her involvement with the church library, Hospice of Wilkes, Pink Ladies for Wilkes Regional Hospital, the Mulberry Home Extension Club, and caring for neighbors, friends, and family. Her hobbies and interests were gardening, sewing, camping, crafting, and later in life playing games with friends at Rose Glen Village in Wilkesboro where she resided the last five years. Nothing made her happier than having her family gathered around a table full of home cooked food.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John Thomas (J.T.) Wassum, Jr. and a brother, Lake Kilby.

She is survived by two daughters, Belinda Smithey and husband, Chuck of Wilkesboro and Beverly Holton and husband, Robert of Boone, four grandchildren: Lori Holton, Kelly Holton Edwards and husband, Jeremy, Hannah Smithey Peacock and husband, Chris, and Zach Smithey and wife, Carrie. She is also survived by four great grandchildren: Kilby Edwards, Piper Peacock, Price Peacock, and Elizabeth Smithey, and her sister, June Smith of Lexington, along with many nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at 3:00 PM Wednesday, September 5th, 2018 at Reins Sturdivant Chapel with Dr. Chris Hefner officiating. A private burial will be held prior to the service. The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 PM Tuesday at Reins Sturdivant Funeral Home.

Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to Wilkes Ministry of Hope 514 Elkin Highway North Wilkesboro, NC 28659 or Samaritan’s Kitchen PO Box 1072 Wilkesboro, NC 28697.

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6:00 PM 9/4/2018 6:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 9/4/2018 8:00:00 PM
Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home

270 Armory Road
North Wilkesboro, NC 28659

Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home
270 Armory Road North Wilkesboro 28659 NC
United States





3:00 PM 9/5/2018 3:00:00 PM
Reins-Sturdiavant Chapel

270 Armory Road
North Wilkesboro, NC 28659

Reins-Sturdiavant Chapel
270 Armory Road North Wilkesboro 28659 NC
United States

Cemetery Details


Mountlawn Memorial Park Final Resting Place

Hwy 18 North
North Wilkesboro, NC 28659

Hwy 18 North North Wilkesboro 28659 NC
United States

Memorial Contribution

Samaritan's Kitchen of Wilkes

PO Box 1072
Wilkesboro, NC 28697

Wilkes Ministry of H.O.P.E.

514 Elkin Highway
North Wilkesboro, NC 28659

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