Kathleen's Story

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Kathleen Stephens Wiley, 93, of Ashland, loving wife of Okey Wiley, left this world Friday, March 3, 2017, to be with her Heavenly Father following an extended illness.
Kathleen was born Feb. 4, 1924, in Garth, to the late Martin Sr. and Clora Travis Stephens. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by all of her siblings, Virginia Smith (Russell), Orville Stephens (Ruth), Betty Douglas (Vonnie), Jim Stephens and Otto Stephens (Johnnie).
Over the years Kathleen worked for AT&T, the YMCA and Commercial Credit. She also worked with her husband in the banking industry and as co-owner, agent and broker of Okey Wiley Real Estate. She loved to travel and spend time with her family.
Kathleen was a charter member of and instrumental in establishing Burlington (Ohio) Baptist Church, one of the first Southern Baptist Missions in the area which was later responsible for sponsoring several other churches in Ohio. As part of this 30,000-mission movement, Southern Baptists can now be found throughout the United States. From the 1970's until the time of her death, Kathleen was a faithful member of Rose Hill Baptist Church in Ashland another product of the Tri-State's missionary evolution.
In addition to Okey, her devoted husband of 67 years, Kathleen is survived by a beloved sister-in-law, Ina Stephens; several nieces and nephews; great and great-great nieces and nephews; and a host of other extended family and friends.
Known for her kindness and soft-spoken demeanor, she was much loved and will be greatly missed by all who had the privilege of knowing her.
Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 8, 2017, at Caniff Funeral Home in Westwood by Dr. Matt Shamblin. Interment will follow in Rose Hill Burial Park in Ashland.
Friends may call after 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Condolences may be left at canifffuneralhome.com.
Published on March 5, 2017
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