BUCKHANNON — Kathleen Cleavenger, 93, passed away in Buckhannon on the night of Dec. 19. Kathleen, one of seven children born to Philip and Arzilla Walls, was a fixture in her family, many of whom referred to her lovingly as Aunt Kate.
She was born on Sept. 22,
Preceding her in death were her siblings Violet, Vernon, Clifford, Christine, Frank, and Billy, husband Harry Cleavenger, step-son Eddie, and son Kenneth Spence.
After graduating from Buckhannon-Upshur High School in 1944, Kathleen moved to Washington D.C. where she worked as a “government girl” classifying fingerprints for the FBI. After spending time in Akron, Ohio as one of the first people to work with computers for Akron City Hospital, she returned to Buckhannon to be closer to her family. Kathleen was an avid reader whose favorites included The Count of Monte Cristo and books by Pearl S. Buck. She enjoyed sewing and crafting, often making gifts for the family. Kathleen appreciated music, especially opera and the Irish tenors. She collected hats and was rarely seen without one. Kathleen volunteered for the St. Joseph’s Hospital Auxiliary and the Literacy Volunteers. She was a long-time supporter of Save the