Obituary: Sharon K. Kilby

Sharon K. Kilby, 75, of Hannibal, Missouri, passed away on March 11, 2018 at Willow Care Center in Hannibal.

Funeral Services were held  Friday, March 16, 2018 at the James O’Donnell Funeral Home in Hannibal, with Chaplain Mark Burkey officiating.

Pallbearers were Zachary Hayden, John Cieslak, Bryan Gottman, Stephen Wallace, Rick Wallace, and Paul Hayden. Honorary pallbearers were Michael Ocheltree, and Bill Glascock.

Burial was at Grand View Burial Park in Hannibal.

A celebration of Sharon’s life was held on March 15.

Sharon was born July 29, 1942, in Chicago, Illinois to Doug Ellison and Vivian Gordon Ellison Hansen.

Sharon was married to Charles W. Kilby on November 19, 1960 in Wauconda, Illinois.  He survives.

Other survivors include 5 children, James Rabins (Jennifer) and their children of Prescott Valley, AZ, Cindy Cieslak (Michael) of Algonquin, Illinois, Laura Webber (Bill) of Cordova, AK, Janeen Wallace (Rick) of Quincy, Illinois, and Crystal Hayden (Paul) of Rocky Mount, NC, 1 brother, Terry Ellison (Kay) of Sequim, Washington, and 11 grandchildren, John Cieslak, Rachael Cieslak, Amanda Minter, Bryan Gottman (Meagan), Nicole Hollin (Sean), Stephen Wallace, Kristina Rhea (Casey), LeighAnna Hill (Tommy), Zachary Hayden (Heidi Dix), Jordyn Hayden and Danielle Hayden.   She is also survived by 9 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Sharon is preceded in death by her parents, her stepfather and her stepmother.

Professionally, Sharon was a certified respiratory therapist for over 15 years at both St. Elizabeth’s Hospital and Hannibal Regional Hospital. Prior to that, Sharon also worked in commercial fishing as a medical transcriptionist and also as a receptionist.  Also, an entrepreneur, Sharon owned and operated Speedy Print, a print shop with her husband Bill and the Kilby’s were also part of the ownership for The Clemens Amphitheater at Injun Joe Campgrounds.

Away from work Sharon enjoyed cross stitch and macramé work.  Flower gardening and landscaping were also activities Sharon liked.  Travelling with her husband Bill across the United States in their motor home was always a pleasure for Sharon.  A gifted singer, Sharon loved to sing and often did at her church Clover Road Christian Church.  Sharon also loved to shop, care for her pet cats and spend time with her family.  While not thrilled about cooking all the time, Sharon liked to make her famous cheesecake for family gatherings for all to enjoy.

Patriotic and sentimental Sharon had an adventurous spirit that loved her family and friends and always looked forward to the time that they shared.

She was a member of Clover Road Christian Church.

Memorial contributions may be made to Willow Care Center or Hannibal Regional Hospital Foundation for Respiratory Therapy.

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