Kathy Whittington

Kathreen Ann “Kathy” Whittington, 65, of Grayson, passed from this life on Wednesday, June 6, at her residence following a courageous battle with cancer, surrounded by her loving family. She was born September 16, 1952 in Jena to the union of her parents, James McGraw and Mary Louise Beckham McGraw. Kathy was a loving soul that always had a smile upon her face. She went above and beyond to make sure everyone around her had what they needed and then some. She was a very artistic talented woman in her love of crafting. She loved to visit garage sales and search out that one special piece. She loved flower gardening and loved to feed and watch her hummingbirds from every window. To know her was to love her. Memorial services were held at 3 p.m., Saturday, June 9, at the chapel of Riser Funeral Home in Columbia. She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Rita Jordan; her brother, Edgar McGraw; and her in-laws, Owen C. “Pete” Whittington and Lurlene Strickland Whittington. Left to cherish her memory are her husband of 44 years, Jimmy Whittington; two daughters, Christy Whittington and Jennifer “Jenny” Gibson and husband Andy; one granddaughter, Heather Montgomery and fiance, Eric; one great-grandson, Addison Gannon Stryker Olden; two sisters, Angela Hill and husband Bill and Diane Hollindshead; two brothers, Joe Smith and wife Ann and Charles Smith and wife Theresa; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other family members. The family requests donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or Cancer Foundation League.com.

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