Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 28, 2011, at Slater United Methodist Church with Rev. David L. Duncan officiating. Burial will be in Slater City Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Don Boyd, Spencer Thut, Patrick Brigman, Jan Salmon, Tyler Smith and Ryan Smith. Honorary pallbearers will be J.I. Akeman, Joe Staton, Leo Galloway, Charles Berlekamp and Don Stouffer. Visitation will be from 2 until 4 p.m. Sunday, March 27, 2011, at the church. Memorials are suggested to Big Bend Retreat or Akeman-McBurney Medical Clinic in care of Weiker Funeral Home in Slater.
Born Jan. 13, 1921, in Saline County, she was the daughter of the late Charley R. and Myrtis Brightwell Lewellen. On April 14, 1978, she married William M. (Bill) Kilgore who preceded her in death on Oct. 14, 2010. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Slater. She attended High Hill Elementary School, and was a 1938 graduate of Slater High School. She worked at Darby Hotel, Hummer Flour Mill and Hurt's Dry Good Store in Slater. In 1949, she began a 59-year career at State Bank of Slater, retiring on April 18, 2008, as vice-president. She had served as treasurer of the City of Slater and the Slater School District. She was a member and long-time secretary/treasurer of Slater Chamber of Commerce. She was a member and past-President of the American Legion Auxilliary and Slater Business & Professional Women. She was also a member of the 401 Couples' Club.
She is survived by one son, Larry Mullins of Lee's Summit; one daughter, Karen Smith of Marshall; one step-daughter, Scherry Salmon of Independence; two grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; seven step-great-grandchildren; one sister, Mary Catherine Kemper of Sweet Springs; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Alissa Lehman.