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Saturday July 9th, 2022
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Dr. Retha Mae Kilpatrick

Dr. Retha Mae Hoover Kilpatrick, age 86, passed away, Thursday, June 30, 2022 while under the care of Four Seasons Hospice at Harris Regional Hospital. Born February 4, 1936 in Lamar MO, she was the daughter of the late Oliver and Laura (Perrin) Hoover.

Dr. Kilpatrick will be fondly remembered as a respected professor in the School of Business at Western Carolina University. She was especially dedicated to business education, helping to produce future educators. Teaching was not just her career, it was her calling. She always said, “You’ll never fully know your impact as a teacher, but on those rare occasions that you do, it makes the time of not knowing worth it.

She was the devoted wife of her two late husbands, Dr. Joel Fred Kilpatrick and William Gries whose companionship she cherished. She was also a devoted mother, grandmother, baby sister, and friend. Her family meant everything to her. Nothing gave her more joy than making summer trips to Fort Scott, KS, to visit her sisters, brothers, nieces, and nephews. She will be dearly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing her, her kindness, and her generosity.

She is survived by her son Joel Kilpatrick and his wife Krissy of Lewis Center OH; daughter Jennifer Ogren and her husband Chad of Cary, NC; her sister Marie Marshall age 95 of Fort Scott, KS; her grandchildren Jessica, Jacob, Julie, and Lola along with over five generations of nieces and nephews around the country.

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I am fortunate that Dr. Kilpatrick was my teacher and mentor. She inspired me to attend graduate school at her Alma Mater - the University of Georgia - and to pursue a career in higher education. She was a remarkable educator and person.

Thom Brooks Jul 12 2022 3:26 PM

I house cleaned for Retha for several years. She was such a sweet lady to work for, enjoyed our talks. I loved her peaceful waterfall, and how she lit up when one of her children called. Rest In Peace, friend.

Mary Sue Anders Jul 10 2022 8:04 PM

She was a wonderful teacher. I remember her class well at WCU.

Boyd Sossamon Jul 9 2022 7:22 PM

Sorry I can't be with you all today, but I'm with you in spirit. Mama, Faye, loved your mom like a sister.

Mary Gillespie Armstead Jul 9 2022 9:25 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Dr. Retha Kilpatrick

Rev Dennis Burrell and Evelyn Jul 7 2022 6:22 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Dr. Retha Kilpatrick

Tammy Smathers Jul 7 2022 10:08 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Dr. Retha Kilpatrick

Faye Deitz Jul 6 2022 5:47 PM

My life was fuller having Aunt Retha in my life. I will miss her so much.

Marc Marshall Jul 6 2022 11:04 AM

She was a wonderful lady and educator. I am so sorry for your loss.

Teresa Hooper Jul 5 2022 7:47 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Dr. Retha Kilpatrick

Norma and Mike Clayton Jul 5 2022 3:07 PM

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