She was born Nov. 2, 1934, in Prestonsburg, Ky., to Mellis and Mollie Barnett.
Katherine met and married the love of her life, Kelsie Kilgore. She was a homemaker and took care of many of her family members. She loved to cook her favorite fried chicken and chicken and dumplings.
She had 12 children and took care of four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She was known by many as "Granny" and "Aunt" but to her children she was known as "Mom."
Surviving are her children, Benny (Carolyn) Kilgore of Lima, Danny Kilgore of Willard, Christine (Bo) Hoskins of Galion, Freddie (Laura) Kilgore of Grayson, Ky., Gary Kilgore of Willard, Kenny Kilgore of Willard, Ricky Kilgore of Willard, Rose Pugh of Willard, Kevin Kilgore of Crestline, and Keith (Lisa) Kilgore of Willard; brothers, Junior (Wilda) Barnett of Shiloh, Lonnie (Phyllis) Barnett of Mount Gilead and Thurman (Debbie) Barnett of Whiteford, Pa.; sister, Lonie Jones of Tennessee; five half brothers and sisters; 23 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren, with one on the way. She also leaves behind various nieces, nephews and cousins as well as friends.
Katherine was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son, Eddie Kilgore; daughter, Betty Kilgore; brother, Johnny Barnett; and sister, Cassie Rice.
Family and friends may visit 5-9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, at Living Truth Community Church, 631 S. Main St., Willard. Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, at the church. Pastor David Lee Montgomery will officiate, burial will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery, New Haven.
Memorial contributions may be made to the family.
Katherine's family would like to extend a thank you to Comfort Care for their services and Pastor's Greg Griffith, David Lee Montgomery, Buddy Walters and Betty Ichols.
Condolences may be shared with the family at secorfuneralhomes.com.