Kathryn “Kathy” (Hull) Canterbury


Kathryn “Kathy” (Hull) Canterbury, 82, of Buckhannon, slipped gently into the arms of the Lord on Sunday, May 30, 2021. She passed in the comfort of her home and surrounded by loving family.

She was born in Queens on May 21, 1939, a daughter of the late John Hull and Wanda Rosalind Suder Hull Smith. In addition to her parents, Kathy was preceded in death by her step-father, Burl H. Smith; and one brother, John Arthur Hull.

Forever cherishing their memories of Kathy’s loving and giving nature are six children: Geraldine “Gerry” Lanigan and husband, Daniel, of Cleveland, OH, Dianna “Missy” Hunt and husband, L.E., of Beckley, Phillip “Sam” Canterbury Jr. and wife, Sue, of Dale City, VA, David Canterbury and wife, Caroline, of Cincinnati, OH, Lisa Osburn and husband, Randall, of Buckhannon, and Joseph Canterbury and wife, Karren, of Danese, WV; fifteen grandchildren: Megan, Corey, Katie, Melissa, Ryan, David, Sarah, Brandon, Ryan, Jake, Erin, Tyler, Andrea, Travis, and Nathanial; thirteen great-grandchildren; six siblings: David Hull and wife, Vera Jean, of Bolivia, NC, Burl “BJ” Smith Jr. and wife, Janet, of Buckhannon, Wayne Smith and wife, Cheryl, of Buckhannon, Susan Shreve and husband, Frank, of Buckhannon, Rodney Smith and wife, Vanessa, of Tallmansville, and Timothy Smith of Buckhannon; several nieces, nephews, and cousins; and one aunt, Juanita Morgan of Dailey, WV.

Kathy graduated from Buckhannon-Upshur High School in 1957. She spent her entire life caring for others. Kathy had a gift of hospitality that was beyond compare and she never met a stranger. Her door was always open to anyone and everyone and if you left her house hungry it was your own fault. Furthermore, she spent the majority of her career as a Registered Nurse after graduating from St. Mary’s School of Nursing in Huntington in 1960.

As a military wife, Kathy traveled with her family to California, Utah, Okinawa (Japan), and Washington state, and worked at a variety of places putting her RN degree to good use. Upon returning to Buckhannon, Kathy spent a few years employed at St. Joseph’s Hospital but finally found her home as the Nurse Director of the Upshur County Health Department. As the Nurse Director, Kathy shared her compassion and caring nature with everyone she encountered. After 31 years at the Health Department, Kathy retired in 2005.

In her spare time, Kathy enjoyed shopping, playing cards, computer games, reading, and most of all socializing with her friends and family. Kathy was “Grammy” to more than just her grandchildren and shared her love with several of her nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends. She was “the rock” of her family and will be missed dearly by all who knew her.

Kathy’s request for Cremation with no services has been honored.

We, at Clutter Funeral and Cremation located at 21 Elnora Circle in Buckhannon, are honored and privileged to serve the family of Kathryn “Kathy” Ann (Hull) Canterbury. Online condolences may be expressed at www.ClutterFuneralHome.com.

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