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April 4, 2002

Ava Ashley

Ava Nadine Ashley, 75, of Lexington, widow of Jim Herbert Ashley, died Tuesday, March 26, 2002, at Cambridge Place.

The daughter of the late James Leonard and Demonia Church Spradlin, she was a retired Parker Seal factory employee. She was a member of the First Church of God, Lexington.

Survivors include three sons, Leonard Ashley, Versailles, Dean Ashley, Midway, and James Ashley, Highpoint, N.C.; two sisters, Mary Elva Blair, Lexington, and Celia Spradlin, Lexington; two grandchildren, Brannon Dean Ashley and James William Ashley; three step-grandchildren, Michael Charas, Jason Riddle, and Nancy Baker; three step-great grandchildren, Anna Lauren Riddle, Joshua Riddle, and Samuel Charas. Three brothers, Thomas Orald Spradlin, Shelton Edward Spradlin, and James Preston Spradlin, are deceased.

Services were conducted Friday, March 29, 2002, at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by Pastor Stan Schilffarth.

Memorials are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2312 Alexandria Drive, Lexington, KY 40504, and the Foundation for the Blind.


Robert Brandt

Robert F. Brandt, 81, of Frankfort, husband of Dorothea Burton Brandt, died Sunday, March 24, 2002, at the Frankfort Regional Medical Center.

A native of Pawtucket, R.I., he was the son of the late Robert F. and Florence W. Beckman Brandt. He was retired from the American Commercial Bargeline in Jeffersonville, Ind., as a marine engineer, and was a Naval officer in World War II. He was a member of the Propeller Club of Louisville, Sigma Chi Fraternity, and the Calvin Presbyterian Church, Louisville.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Robert F. Brandt III, Royal Oaks, Md.; a daughter, Ann Clayton Brandt, Versailles; a sister, Dorothy Bryant, Louisville; three nieces; and a nephew.

Services were conducted Thursday, March 28, 2002, at the Harrod Brothers Memorial Chapel, Frankfort, by Dr. Herman Bowers and Dr. Karl Weddle. Burial was in the Cave Hill Cemetery, Louisville.


Virginia Breeden

Virginia "Jenny" Breeden, 80, of Lexington, died Tuesday, March 26, 2002, at St. Joseph Hospice Care Center.

Born Nov. 6, 1921, she was a member of the Ashland Avenue Baptist Church, a member of American Legion Post #8, and was a U.S. Navy Wave veteran of World War II.

Survivors include a sister, Della Rae Dixon, Lexington; a brother, Bill Oliver, Beattyville; a nephew, Orville Boone, Versailles; and several other nieces and nephews.

Services were conducted Friday, March 29, 2002, at Whitehall Funeral Chapel, Lexington, by the Rev. Jeffrey Simpson. Burial was in Hillcrest Memorial Park. Casket bearers were Danny Boone, Jim Bowen, Steve Diekman, Jackie Oliver, Ronnie Oliver, and Chuck Stinnett. Honorary bearers were Jay Doyle and Bobby Dunaway.

Memorials are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass.


George Campbell

George H. Campbell, 83, of Versailles, died Thursday, March 28, 2002, at the Hospice Care Center, Lexington.

Born in Woodford County, he was the son of the late George and Myrtle Devine Campbell. He was a retired farmer and a member of the First Baptist Church.

Survivors include two sons, George Campbell Jr., Louisville, and Keith Henderson, Simpsonville; two brothers, Howard Campbell and Joe Campbell, both of Versailles; a grandson, Cory McDonald; a granddaughter, Chamika Allen; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Services were conducted Monday, April 1, 2002, at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by Lic. Lewis Johnson. Interment was at the Steele Cemetery. Casket bearers were William Campbell, Calvin Campbell, Kim Campbell, Timothy Campbell, Darryl Campbell, Jeffrey Campbell, Howard Campbell Jr., and John Johnson.


Sr. Ann Curran

Sr. Ann Curran, 80, a retired registered nurse and former director of nursing at Taylor Manor Nursing Home from 1977 to 1990, died Easter Sunday, March 31, 2002, at Taylor Manor Nursing Home, Versailles.

A Catholic nun, member of the Order of St. Joseph the Worker, she had served in India from 1947 to 1973, and had helped to found a hospital in Mokamah, India. Born in Wheeling, W. Va., she was the daughter of the late Cornelius Joseph and Anna Brown Curran.

Survivors include seven siblings, Mother Ellen Curran of Taylor Manor, Ellen Margaret Conant, Frances Teresa Larkin, Martin Curran, Cornelius Joseph Curran Jr., Joseph Anthony Curran, and Charles Curran, all of California; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A funeral mass was conducted Wednesday, April 3, 2002, at the Taylor Manor Nursing Home Chapel by Fr. Frank Sherry. Interment was in the St. Joseph Cemetery at Taylor Manor.

The Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home, Versailles, was in charge of arrangements.


Richard Holt

Richard Holt, 85, of Indialantic, Fla., formerly of Versailles, husband of Mary Isabelle "Mizzy" Seaton, died at his residence March 28, 2002, of heart failure.
A native of Versailles, he was the son of the late Dr. Joseph P. and Nora Paynter Holt. He lived here most of his life, having attended the University of Kentucky and bred and showed purebred shorthorn cattle. He was a long-time member of the Kentucky Farm Bureau, and started and chaired the Northeast Woodford Water District. He was a 48-year-member of Rotary International and 1961-62 president of the Versailles Club. He was a Kentucky Colonel, and by order of Acting Gov. Harry Lee Waterfield, "Admiral of the Big Sink and Purveyor of Fine Cattle." He was a long-time and active member of St. John's Episcopal Church.
In the 1970s, he began to spend increasingly long winters in Florida and became a permanent resident of Indialantic, Fla., in 1998. While in Florida, he was a member of the Rotary Club of Indialantic and a Paul Harris Fellow, a member of the Eau Gallie Yacht Club, and St. Sebastianís-By-The-Sea Episcopal Church. He was an avid bridge player all his life, and even met his wife at the bridge table.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Mary Kendall Holt Martin, Merritt Island, Fla., and Norah Sherwood Holt, Columbus, Ohio; a son, R. Seaton Holt of Viera, Fla.; and a granddaughter, R. Elise Holt.

Services were conducted Wednesday, April 3, 2002, at the St. Sebastianís-By-The-Sea Episcopal Church by Fr. Perry Collins and retired Fr. George Smodel. Burial will be in the Versailles Cemetery later this summer.
Memorials may be made to St. John's Episcopal Church or charity of one's choice.


Eva Kidwell

Eva Margaret Wilkins Kidwell, 91, of Lexington, widow of Dr. Louis Kidwell, died Monday, April 1, 2002, at Mayfair Manor Nursing Home.

A native of Dayton, she was the daughter of the late Albert and Amelia Newman Frey. She was a member of the East Hickman Baptist Church, and a past Woman of the Year in Mason County. She was a past worthy high priestess of the Kentucky White Shrine, and a retired member of the Seniors Volunteer Program. She retired from Enos Insurance Agency in Newport, where she was a secretary.

Survivors include a son, the Rev. Richard Wilkins, Lexington; three grandchildren, Kenneth Wilkins, Versailles, Donna Parker, Mt. Sterling, and Laura Smith, Lexington; and two great grandchildren, John Cherney, Lexington, and Cameron Parker, Mt. Sterling.

A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. today, Thursday, April 4, 2002, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Lexington.


Dorothy Maxberry

Dorothy M. Maxberry, 77, of Lexington, died Tuesday, March 26, 2002, at her residence.

A native of Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late William and Ruth Creth Maxberry. She was a member of the Main Street Baptist Church.

Survivors include a daughter, Donna Smith; six grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; an aunt, Nellie Creth; a brother, William Maxberry; an uncle, John Maxberry; and several generations of nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives. A daughter, Wanda Green; a brother, Charles Maxberry; and a sister, Elizabeth Cohen, are deceased.

Services were conducted Thursday, March 28, 2002, at the Main Street Baptist Church by Elder D.J. Ward. Burial was in the Cove Haven Cemetery.

O.L. Hughes & Sons Mortuary, Lexington, was in charge of arrangements.


Ruth Middleton

Ruth Alice Brown Middleton, 71, of Georgetown, widow of Robert Middleton, died Wednesday, March 27, 2002, at the Georgetown Community Hospital.

A native of Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late Willis Edward and Flora Garrett Brown. She was a homemaker.

Survivors include five sons, Paul Curtis Baughman, Iowa, Kenneth D. and Darrell B. Middleton, both of Georgetown, and Mark Allen and Rodney Dean Middleton, both of Sadieville; three daughters, Anita Kaye Switzer and Rita Faye Hicks, both of Sadieville, and Brenda Sue Bryant, Georgetown; nine grandchildren; two brothers, Louis and Milton Brown, both of Versailles; and two sisters, Ella Troxell, Frankfort, and Katherine Arthur, Lexington. A son, Dale Robert Middleton, a grandson, Anthony Lawrence Bryant Jr., and a brother, Eugene Brown, are deceased.

Services were conducted Saturday, March 30, 2002, at Johnsonís Funeral Home by the Rev. Alan Sutherland. Burial was in the Crestlawn Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Randy Teegarden, Dwayne Middleton, Richard Arthur, Gene and Ronald Brown, and Tim Miller.


Orie Sargent

Orie D. Sargent, 84, of Sadieville, died Monday, April 1, 2002, at Dover Manor Nursing Home, Georgetown.

Born Aug. 16, 1917, in Scott County, he was the son of the late Orie E. and Delithah Vanpelt Sargent. He was a retired farmer, a member of the Great Crossing Baptist Church, and Mt. Vernon Lodge #14 F&AM.

Survivors include a son, Jimmie Sargent, Sadieville; three daughters, Juanita Welch, Melbourne, Fla., Patricia Lewis, Versailles, and Carolyn Hinton, Virginia Beach, Va.; a sister, Mary Baxter, Georgetown; nine grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren. A grandson, Christopher Scott Sargent; and three sisters, Birdie Hassloch, Silvie Kelly, and Serta Marshall, are deceased.

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today, Thursday, April 4, 2002, at the Tucker, Yocum & Wilson Funeral Home by the Rev. Henry Walters. Burial will be in the Crestlawn Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers will be family members, Bob Burge, and Curt Couchman. Honorary bearers will be Jerry Spoon, Stephen Spoon, Floyd Shingleton, Gene Johnson, Al Mullanix, Gene Hillard, Leroy Jones Jr., and Hugo Hassloch Jr.


Ruth Watson

Ruth Hansford Watson was born May 19, 1922, in Tokyo, Japan, the first child of Dr. Benjamin Earnest Watson and Elise Arnold Watson. Ruth's father was a preacher for one year in Lodi, California, and then for twenty years in Pasadena, California. Ruth attended James Madison Elementary School, Charles W. Eliot Junior High School, and lower division at Pasadena Junior College. Ruth then went to Whittier College, where she earned a B.A., and to Columbia University, where she earned a Master's Degree in Education.

Ruth then returned to teach in Modesto, California, for several years and married Joe Housek. She later divorced him and moved to Versailles, where she taught many years at Margaret Hall School, retiring in the 1970s.

Ruth was diagnosed with a form of dementia in 1998, and moved in with her brother. Ruth moved into Taylor Manor Nursing Home, in Versailles, in June 2000.

The sisters and nurses at Taylor Manor gave Ruth much loving care until her death, at age 79, on March 21, 2002. Ruth's body was donated to the UK Medical Center.

Over her life, Ruth developed a strong interest in learning about science and nature. She spent much of her time working with the National Audubon Society, the Kentucky Audubon Society, and various other nature-interested groups.

Ruth is survived by her brother, Keene, his wife, Glenda, and their four children, and their five grandchildren. Ruth was preceded in death by her beloved dog, Soxie, but she is survived by another beloved dog, Sandy.

Memorials in Ruth's name are suggested to one's favorite charity. Friends wishing to make a donation to one of Ruth's favorite charities might consider giving either to the International Book Project, 1440 Delaware Avenue, Lexington, or to the Kentucky Chapter of Nature Conservancy, 642 West Main, Lexington.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, April 7, 2002, at 5 p.m., at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home, in Versailles. Friends who knew Ruth are invited to come and share some of their memories. And if you just want to sit and listen and remember Ruth you are welcome, also. (Paid obituary)


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