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Obituary - Leona Kirby



Leona Catherine Richey Kirby, 88, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017, at Catawba Regional Hospice in Newton, North Carolina.

 

She was born the daughter of the late Clyde Eugene Richey and Floy Jeanette Beal Richey, March 11, 1929, in Catawba County. Leona was a lifelong member of Fellowship Advent Christian Church in Bethlehem. She worked for many years at Singer Sewing in Hickory where she was an award winning sales person. Leona and her late husband, Floyd, owned and operated Clayton Marcus Cafeteria for many years. She spent 25 years showing horses with her family across North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. Leona and Floyd also ran Tip-Top Stables together.

In her later years, Leona worked with Wike's Cleaners where she did alterations and was an excellent seamstress. Leona also enjoyed listening to Bluegrass music and attending auctions with her daughters for many years.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd Avery Kirby. Those left to cherish her memory include her daughters, Sharon Norris and husband, Rick of Bethlehem, Deana Kirby and husband, Paul Sizemore of Hickory; grandchildren, Amy McManus, Paige Sapp, and Chad Craig; great-grandchildren, Allison Jones, Melea Sapp, Katie Morgan, and Emma Morgan.

A funeral service was held Friday, Nov. 3, at Fellowship Advent Christian Church. 

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