“I love you more than tongue can tell”
Susan Eileen Kegley was born to Arthur L. Stillwell and Elizabeth D. Stillwell on November 4th, 1946 in Ringo, N.J. She passed peacefully, after battling severe illness many years on July 23, 2019 at Hospice Beacon Place with her family at her side in Greensboro, NC. She was a beautiful person inside and out. She was a sister, mother, friend, and grandmother. As many of her friends and colleagues in Bristol, TN knew, when her daughter, Melissa Willeford, had two baby girls, Susan became a grandmother called Bam. She was a dream to her grandchildren! She took her grandchildren, Halle and Natalie, everywhere and taught them many things. She was a gracious friend to many in Bristol, TN. She always helped others in and outside the hospital. Her family recalls many times where her nursing skills saved them from a night in pain. She also had a passion to love and care for animals. Susan cared for well over 50 animals over the course of her life. Each animal that she cared for in her home loved her unconditionally.
Susan also loved to go shopping, attend auctions, and spend time with her close friends in Bristol. She was a talented antique seller for a time too but had to give it up due to her kidney disease. She was a curator of beautiful things and beautiful people and will be missed by many. Initially, Susan grew up on a large farm in Ringoes, New Jersey. Where she shared many fond memories on the farm, which complemented her love for animals. She loved to ride her horse, Sparky, up to a hillside on her family’s farm where she would put on plays for Sparky and her beloved dog King. Her family eventually moved to Flemington, New Jersey where she was a graduate of Hunterdon Central High School. She then left New Jersey to further her education at Virginia Intermont College and become a permanent resident of Bristol, TN. Here she met and married Thomas W. Kegley (divorced) and had a baby girl named Melissa. After graduation, she worked as a medical secretary in Bristol, TN which lead her to attend East Tennessee State University, where she earned a degree as a Registered Nurse. After graduating, she returned to work at Bristol Regional Medical Center, as a registered nurse in the operating room and short stay until she retired in 2018. She would say that working as a RN was not only her job, but her passion for life.
Ms. Kelgey is survived by her daughter Melissa, son-in-law Charles Brandon Willeford; two granddaughters, Halle Elizabeth and Natalie Kate Willeford of Summerfield, NC. She is also survived by an older brother, Kenneth Ely Stillwell of Cokesbury, NC, and younger sister, Elizabeth (Stillwell) Zaricor of Birmingham, Alabama. Along with an extensive family which still reside in central NJ. Susan’s final wishes were to be cremated and buried with her family in Cokesbury, NJ. In lieu of flowers, Susan and family have requested that donations be made in her honor to Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro, 2500 Summit Ave., Greensboro, NC 27405, or online at www.hospicegso.org.
Funeral services will be private and at the convenience of the family, on August 15th, 2019 in New Jersey. A celebration of her life will be held 7:00 pm Friday, August 23, 2019 in the Weaver Funeral Home Chapel. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 7:00 pm prior to the service at the funeral home.