The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


October 3, 2012

Obituaries — Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012



Katherine Hancock Shiflet

UNION — Katherine “Kathy” Hancock Shiflet, 57, of Charleston and Union, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, September 25, 2012.

She was the daughter of Katherine

Lanier Hancock Shiflet and the late Hon. William Marion Shiflet of Union.

She was a member of the Class of 1973 of Union High School, Kathy had the privilege of being a Rotary International Exchange Student to Stockholm, Sweden her senior year in high school. Upon returning from Sweden, Kathy attended and graduated from Mary Washington College (now University) in Fredericksburg, Va., where she was a ranked tennis player for the College In the Commonwealth of Virginia. She received a master’s degree in Sociology from Virginia Tech.

Kathy had a career with the U.S. Census Bureau that spanned over 30 years. Her last position was a director in the Midwest, being part of the Detroit, Mich. office. She served as president of the Woman’s Club of Charleston, W.Va., from 2006 through 2008. Her greatest job, however, was being “the best Fairy God-Mother” ever to her beloved nieces, nephews and younger cousins.

Along with her mother, Kathy is survived by her siblings: Marian (Mollie) Shiflet O’Brien of Media, Pa., William Marion “ Bill” Shiflet II and his wife, Julie of Union, W.Va., and the Hon. Caroline L Sparks and her husband, Mark, of Union, W.Va., and her nieces and nephews, McKenzie and Buckley O’Brien of Wilmington, N.C.: Carter, Laine and Tripp Shiflet and Rebecca and Riley Sparks of Union, W.Va.

A celebration of Kathy’s life will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, October 6, 2012, at the All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Union, where Kathy was a member, with the Rev. Ben James officiating. Burial will be private.

The family will receive visitors on Friday, October 5th from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Broyles-McGuire Funeral Home in Union.

Donations may be made in Kathy’s memory to the All Saints’ Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 401, Union, WV 24983.

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