JOHNSON – Grace Leila Kilgore, 96, died Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at the Stanton County Hospital in Johnson.
She was born June 22, 1918 to Willard Wallace and Cora Grace (Deal) Lindsay in Mulberry.
She married Leon Kilgore on May 7, 1943, in Joplin, Mo. He survives.
She grew up in Thayer and graduated from Thayer High School.
After graduation, Grace graduated from Pittsburg Teachers College.
She taught in a one-room school in Neosho and Wilson counties.
She taught school in Johnson, was the custodian of the Stanton County Courthouse, and worked at Clark’s Jack & Jill Grocery Store.
She was active at the Stanton County Senior Center, and enjoyed painting, singing, ceramics and crafts.
She was known as a great cook, especially her pies.
She was a member of the Fields Memorial Wesleyan Church, taught Sunday school, was in the women’s group, and did extensive missions work.
Survivors also include her children: Lawrence Kilgore and wife, Kim, New River, Ariz., Leila Hurlburt and husband, Jerry, Johnson, LaDonna Cheatham and husband, Tony, McPherson, and Leonal Kilgore and wife, Joanna, Wichita; brother, Eugene Lindsay, Houston, Texas; ten grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; sister; and five brothers.
• Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. on Thursday, August 28, 2014 at the Fields Memorial Wesleyan Church in Johnson with the Reverend Kurt Rovenstine presiding.
Burial will follow at the Stanton County Cemetery in Johnson.
Friends may call Wednesday at Garnand Funeral Home in Johnson from 2 to 8 p.m. with family present from 5 to 8 p.m.
Memorial contributions for missions may be given to the Fields Memorial Wesleyan Church in care of Garnand Funeral Home, PO Box 715, Johnson, Kansas 67855.