Age: 82 Address: Pensacola Community in Yancey County, North Carolina Date of Death: Sunday, August 18, 2013 Arrangements: Yancey Funeral Service
Details: Kathleen H. Rathburn, age 81, of Pensacola, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, August 18th, 2013 surrounded by her loving family. Kathleen Higgins Rathburn was a daughter of the late Vince and Pearl McIntosh Higgins and the wife of the late Robert Rathburn, who passed away in 1986. She was also preceded in death by one brother, Clayborn Higgins and two sisters: Pauline Allen and Imajean Bowlin.
She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great grandmother. She loved her family and devoted her life to them and to the Lord. She was very loving and cared for everyone. She loved to cook and do embroidering also watching and feeding birds and loved her flowers.
Surviving are her four daughters: Wanda Berry (husband, Ted), Janice Ray, Ponda Burnette (husband, Pudgy) and Pam Banks all of Burnsville; six grandchildren: Karen Street, Randy Berry, Randy Ray, Tonya Buchanan, Melissa Goggans, Jessica Lynn Crain and Howard Ray; four great-grandchildren: Jason Woody, Amber Stafford, Charlie Berry and Trinidy Stoiber; two great-great grandchildren: Cambria Woody and Dixie Lee Stafford and one on the way. She had many nieces and nephews that she loved very much.
Funeral services will be held at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, August 20th in the Chapel of Yancey Funeral Services. Pastor Randall Robinson will officiate. The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. prior to the funeral service at the funeral home. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday in the Eddie McMahan Cemetery. Pallbearers will be: Randy Ray, Randy Berry, Howard Ray, Charles Hughes, Rickey Allen and Nolan Harris.
A special thank you to her Pastor, Randall Robinson, who visited her weekly, she loved him dearly. Also the family would like to thank Brookside and Hospice of Yancey County for their loving care. To send online condolences, please visit the website: www.yanceyfuneralservice.com.