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Catherine (Cathy) Miles Kilminster, 85, of Canton, GA died at Northside Hospital – Cherokee on early Sunday morning, March 20, 2022 as a result of an abdominal aneurysm and resulting heart failure. She was born in Darlington, MD on August 5, 1936 to her late parents, James Miles Murphy and Angeline Hopkins (Carr) Murphy.
She is survived by her husband of 61 years of marriage, David (Dave) Taylor Kilminster, daughter Kathi (Ralph) K. Viehman and granddaughter Claire A. Viehman, all of Bluffton, SC, and niece Suzanne (Clark) E. Nickerson of Canton, GA
She was predeceased by her sister Betty (William) Sullivan of Lewes, DE and brother-in-law, Alan E. Kilminster of Ft. Collins, CO.
Cathy's interests in life were talking, working, reading, traveling, and investing money. She loved to talk to people and never met a person with whom she couldn't communicate. She worked in a myriad of jobs, staying only if they were interesting or until she learned all there was to know about the job, at which point she became bored and started looking for a new challenge. She started her first full time job the day after graduating from North Harford High School in Harford County, Maryland. She remained closely connected to her high school graduating class, serving as the contact for all class activities over the years after graduation.
Reading was a passion and she always had a stack of books to read, returning them to the library as fast as she finished them and checking out more. If there was a limit, she checked them out on Dave's account.
In 1999, she started her job of a lifetime as Office Manager with a small financial advisory firm in Hunt Valley, MD. She was the first employee of the firm, using the owner's coffee table in his living room as her desk. She loved this job as it combined her interest in people (the clients) with her interest in investing. She subscribed to a number of high-end investment advisory publications to further her knowledge of market conditions and investment advice. She stayed until she and Dave were 78 and decided that they needed to start traveling since they were not getting any younger.
After retiring, she and Dave started on a program of traveling. She had visited all fifty states in the USA. In 1975, she and Dave spent two weeks touring Greece with four friends. She and Dave also spent a week touring England, Wales, and Scotland with Dave's aunt. They traveled extensively until the Covid-19 virus halted that.
A Memorial Service will be held on April 3, 2022 at 2:00 PM at the Waleska United Methodist Church, 7340 Reinhardt College Parkway, Waleska, GA. She will be cremated and, upon Dave’s passing, their ashes will be comingled and the urn buried in the Darlington (MD) Community Cemetery in the town where she was born.
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