(c)2013 NPT PHOTO BY DUAY O'NEIL Kate Wilburn of Del Rio celebrated her 90th birthday on Easter Sunday, March 31, with a covered dish dinner at Grassy Fork Community Center. In keeping with her tradition of doing something new every year, she plans to try golfing as soon as the weather improves. With Wilburn is her brother, Jack Stokely of Whiteburg. They have one other living sibling, Hester Woody.
Friday, April 05, 2013
(Last modified: 2013-04-05 20:30:54)
Author: Duay O'Neil
Source: The Newport Plain Talk

GRASSY FORK-The honoree at a huge party on Easter Sunday reportedly was celebrating her 90th birthday, but to watch Kate Wilburn hop up and down to greet the swarms of guests at a dinner in her honor, one would guess her to be a woman half that age.

She lives life to the fullest, zipping over the countryside in her small truck, visiting her children and neighbors, and keeping up with the community events.

On more days than not, she'll be outside, tending her countless flowerbeds that brim with dozens of varieties of plants ranging from asters to zinnias.

And when cold, dreary weather arrives, she turns her energies to creating beautiful quilts.

She's one of 17 children born to James Charles and Dora (Guy) Stokely. They're all gone now, except for Kate, sister Hester Woody, and brother Jack Stokely.

She married Earnest Lewis Wilburn when she was 15, and they became the parents of six children, two daughters Frances and Marie, and four boys J. D., Troy, Kenneth, and Perry.

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