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Wadesboro - Mrs. Kate Hill Mabry, 93, passed away peacefully on Monday, December 18, 2017, at the Olive Branch Family Care Home in Marshville, N.C.
Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Thursday at Calvary Episcopal Church with Rev. Tim Hushion officiating. Burial will follow in the Bennett Family Cemetery. The family will greet friends prior to the service beginning at 9:30 AM in the church.
Kate was born in Anson County on December 20, 1923, a daughter of the late Benjamin Risden Hill and Nezzie Smith Hill.
She graduated from Wadesboro High School and went on to work as a seamstress for several garment manufacturers for over 42 years. But Kate was perhaps best known for her next 22 years spent as a Wal-Mart greeter. Every local Wal-Mart shopper knew Kate by name and she knew many of them by their names as well.
Survivors include a daughter, Katrenia M. Davis (David) of Peachland; a son, Risden Mabry (Cynthia) of Peachland; a daughter-in-law, Sandra Mabry of Peachland; four grandchildren, Kristina Forbes, Lenelle White (Joel), Candice Mabry (Travis), and Leah Mabry; and four great-grandchildren, David Forbes, Craig Forbes, Luke White and Bennett Robertson. Also surviving is her very special companion and dance partner, Frank Ratliff; and her extra close caregivers/friends Mary Stover, and Randy and Rhonda Carpenter.
Kate was preceded in death by her husband, Luke Mabry; and son, Rod Mabry.
Memorials may be made to the Olive Branch Family Care Home, PO Box 250, Marshville, NC 28103; or to Calvary Episcopal Church, Lawn Maintenance, 308 E. Wade St., Wadesboro, NC 28170.
Leavitt Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.leavittfh.com.
Published on December 21, 2017
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