Kathryn Stiles Stribling, 94, of Athens, GA, formerly of Habersham County, passed away on December 31, 2020, following an extended period of declining health.
Born September 20, 1926, in Toccoa, GA, Kathryn Haygood Stiles was the daughter of the late John Campbell and Mary Dimon Stiles. Her father owned a number of hotels across the South, and as he expanded and improved each purchase, his family lived in that hotel for an extended period. As a result, Kathryn attended several public schools across the South before graduating from Athens High School, Athens, GA.
After attending Wesleyan College in Macon for a time, she married Marion Winters Stribling of Habersham, GA, and subsequently spent the majority of her life as a resident of the Habersham Mills community, where her husband worked in management and eventually as the president of the mill. The couple reared five children in the Habersham Mills community. Later in her life, Kathryn was able to turn her attention to completing her college degree, graduating in 1969 from Piedmont College with a bachelor’s degree.
Known in the Habersham County area as a tireless worker in a number of local projects, for more than 70 years she was a faithful member of the Clarkesville First United Methodist Church, where she sang in the choir, worked with women’s mission groups and was a member of the handbell choir. She volunteered service with the American Red Cross in coordinating blood drives for many years. One of her proudest accomplishments was a leadership role in the founding and early years of both the Habersham Christian Learning Center in Mount Airy, GA, and the first school for the mentally-challenged in Habersham County. Wherever she saw a need in the community, she worked tirelessly to meet that need.
Kathryn Stribling was a woman of many interests, among which were extensive worldwide travel, reading and needlepoint. She valued reading, encouraged education and loved learning.
A devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Kathryn Stribling was predeceased by her husband of 58 years, Marion Stribling; by her parents, John and Mary Stiles; and by her sons, Jack Stribling and Sloan Stribling. She is survived by two sons: John Stribling (Carol) of Clarkesville and Zachary Stribling of Athens; one daughter, Mary Stribling of Athens; a daughter-in-law, Brenda Stribling of Roswell; four grandchildren: Carrie Stribling of Acworth and Abbe Stribling of Roswell, Jason Stribling of Demorest, and Jonathan Stribling (Jessica) of Sautee-Nacoochee; and three great-grandchildren: Parker Stribling and Kite Stribling of Sautee-Nacoochee, and Annie Henry of Aledo, Texas.
Funeral arrangements for Mrs. Stribling have been postponed and will be announced at a later date due to the Covid-19 Pandemic.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Habersham Cemetery Association, P. O. Box 521, Clarkesville, GA 30523.
Hillside Memorial Chapel and Gardens, Clarkesville, is in charge of arrangements. 706-754-6256
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