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Friday, August 15, 2014

Elizabeth Kimsey

Elizabeth W. Kimsey
January 21, 1912 - July 27, 2014
Elizabeth W. Kimsey, age 102, of Charlotte died on Sunday, July 27, 2014, at Summit Place of SouthPark.

She was born on January 21, 1912 to Emmitt Wright and Cordelia Pyle Wright in Rome, Ga.

Elizabeth was educated in Rome public schools and majored in Biology at Valdosta State College where she received her teacher's certificate. After a career as a marketing specialist with a gourmet food company in New York City, she married her high school sweetheart, Robert L. Kimsey, and returned to Rome. She was always very active in social and volunteer activities and caring for her daughter, Betsy. Because she had a keen interest in the scriptures and a strong Christian faith in the redeeming power of Christ's sacrificial death, she was baptized as one of Jehovah's Witnesses in 1942. Following Christ's instructions to his followers, she spent many volunteer hours in homes and hospitals using her teaching skills and Bible knowledge helping others to learn the comforting hope that God's Kingdom will bring; a hope we pray for in the Lord's Prayer.

She had a full life as she traveled both here and abroad with her husband for pleasure, business and attending conventions of the Witnesses. She was vivacious, creative, a member of several literary guilds and writer's clubs and was a published poet. Elizabeth moved to Charlotte in 1986 after the death of her husband. Known as a gracious southern lady, she was always at ease with all levels of society and ethnic origin, and was admired for her sharp wit, outgoing personality and generosity to all.

She was preceded in death by her husband Robert L. Kimsey and her brother, William Wright. She is survived by her daughter Betsy Matthews, son-in-law Dr. James Matthews, grandchildren Chris Matthews (wife Christa), Meredith Ross (husband Chad) and great-grand-children Corey and Caitlin Matthews. A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 PM, Saturday, August 2, at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses at 5980 Monroe Rd.

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