Obituaries for the week of Aug. 19
● By J. Chambless
Kathie Gregory died on Aug. 6 at Crosslands in Kennett Square. She was 80 years old.
Kathie was born in 1938, the daughter of the late Howard Timothy Rayne and the late Katharine Dare Farquher Rayne, and lived all of her life outside Kennett Square. She was the older of two children.
Kathie graduated from Washington College in Chesterton, Md., where she majored in history and English. She taught in many schools. Her last 14 years were in the Unionville School District.
Kathie was married shortly after college and had three children, Peter Gray, Lisa McManus and David Gray. She later married Ed Gregory, who also had children from another marriage, Karen Hogan and Lee Gregory. Ed and Kathie raised her children and had nearly 38 years together until Ed died in 2015.
A memorial meeting will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 15 at Kennett Friends Meeting House (125A memorial meeting will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 15 at Kennett Friends Meeting House (125 W. Sickle St., Kennett Square). Memorial donations in Kathie's name can be made to: Penn Medicine Hospice, 795 Marshall Street, West Chester, PA 19348; or the Kennett Library (www.kennettlibrary.org).
HAZEL MARIE SPENCER WINDLE
Hazel Marie Spencer Windle, 91, of Oxford, passed away on Aug. 8 at Ware Presbyterian Village in Oxford.
She was the wife of the late Thomas W. Windle, with whom she shared 66 years of marriage. Born in Oxford, she was the daughter of the late Harlan and Olive Janney Spencer. Hazel was a lifetime resident of Oxford. She was employed as a bookkeeper for Lincoln University and Peoples Bank of Oxford. She was a member of the Oxford United Methodist Church, Ocklokonee Tribe No. 212 I.O.R.M. Degree of Pocahontas, Chairman of Fresh Air Local Chapter and active in Girl Scouts. Hazel was a gifted seamstress, knitter, cake designer and avid bowler.
She is survived by her daughter, Denise Green, son, Michael Windle and daughter, Lyn Casteneda; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Aug. 23 at the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. (86 Pine St., Oxford), where friends and family may visit from 10 to 11 a.m. Interment will be in Oxford Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Oxford United Methodist Church, 18 Addison St. Oxford, PA 19363. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.
WILLIAM D. FEATHERMAN
William D. Featherman passed away peacefully on July 13 at the age of 76, following a brief illness.
Bill was born in 1942 in Nottingham, Pa. He was the youngest child of Albert, a dairy farmer, and Violet, a beloved schoolteacher, and is survived by his sisters, Patricia and Gloria, and his brother, John. Bill graduated from Oxford Area High School in 1960 and enrolled at The Pennsylvania State University, earning a bachelor’s degree in business in 1964. He was the social chairman of his fraternity, Delta Sigma Phi, and an enthusiastic fan of the Nittany Lions football team. After graduating from Penn State, Bill embarked on a successful 50-year career in the floor covering industry, living and working in St. Louis, Indianapolis, and Baltimore, where he eventually founded his own flooring distribution company. He also served for six years as a member of the U.S. Army Reserve, receiving an honorable discharge as a Specialist Four in 1970.
Bill married twice, and is survived by two sons from his first marriage, David and Chris, and a daughter and son from his second marriage, Ashley and Ryan, as well as two grandchildren. He spent his later years with his partner, Donna, with whom he shared a home in Wilmington, Del., after retiring in 2014.
Bill was known for his great love of animals, having been raised on the family farm and devoting himself to several pet dogs over the course of his life, the most recent being his cherished Hunter. A longtime fan of the Baltimore Orioles and Ravens, he never lost fondness for his original hometown teams, the Philadelphia Phillies and Eagles. Bill was a kind and gentle man with a warm and gregarious demeanor, ready with a big smile for everyone he met. He loved life, and his family above all else, and he will be dearly missed.
Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service on Saturday, Sept. 7 at 11 a.m. at the Chandler Funeral Home (2506 Concord Pike, Wilmington, Del.). A reception will immediately follow at noon. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Bill’s memory to the Delaware Humane Association or the Brandywine Valley SPCA.
GAYLE MURTHA LEDYARD KAYLOR
Gail Murtha Ledyard Kaylor, born on June 4, 1943, gently passed away in her sleep on Aug. 15 at Cornerstone Hospice near her home in The Villages, Fla.
She was the best mother, aunt, grandmother and friend that anyone could ever ask for. Her smile, warmth and wit were infectious and unforgettable. Gail was an avid artist, golf and tennis enthusiast who loved traveling, seeking out adventure and meeting new friends. Gail grew up, and lived most of her life, in the Kennett Square/Unionville/Chadds Ford area. In 1963, she married Cass Ledyard, with whom she had two sons, Lew and Ben.
Although she loved to ski and to watch her sons’ ice hockey games, she preferred the warm weather. So after her sons were grown, she moved to Hilton Head Island in South Carolina, where she could enjoy the warm weather year round. There she met and married Ed Kaylor and they spent many years traveling, playing golf and enjoying friends and family. After Ed’s passing in 2014, Gail moved to The Villages in Florida, where she continued to enjoy painting, golf, tennis, a slew of new friends, as well as frequent visits by her old friends and numerous family members.
Gail was the daughter of Jack and Mary Murtha and is survived by her sons, Lew and Ben Ledyard; her four grandchildren; and nephews and nieces.
While services for Gail will be private, the family asks that if anyone is so inclined, to please make a donation to St. Jude’s Hospital for children in Gail’s name and memory.