Kaye Frances Clanton Templeton, 75, participating in the Azalea Festival and Garden Tour was an annual joy

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Kaye Frances Clanton Templeton
Kaye Frances Clanton Templeton

Kaye Frances Clanton Templeton, 75, of Wilmington, went home to the Lord on Monday, June 13, 2016, after a long and courageous battle with metastatic breast cancer.

Kaye, the daughter of John and Pauline Clanton, was originally from the Taylorsville area. A graduate of Northwest High School in Winston-Salem, she married Ernest in 1960 and they, with their children, moved up the east coast and into Canada until they settled in Wilmington in 1997. Kaye was actively involved in growing a highly successful direct sales organization with Miracle Maid. She was the customer service manager for Kirk Stieff in Baltimore, Md., and also the sales manager for the Holiday Inn in Winston-Salem.

Kaye was an active member of the Book Lovers Book Club since 2001 and cherished the friendships made with those in the club. She was an active member of the Wilmington Garden Club since 2004 and proud to be a part of the Butterfly Committee that was successful in naming the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail as the North Carolina state butterfly. Participating in the Azalea Festival and Garden Tour was an annual joy. Kaye traveled extensively. While her home was in Wilmington, Ireland held a special spot in her heart. She enjoyed planning more trips to New York, London, Toronto and other destinations yet seen. She loved to learn and was an avid reader.

She will be loved and remembered by her husband of 56 years, Ernest David Templeton Sr.; son, David, and his wife, Kathleen Templeton; daughter, Johnna Kaye Templeton Chorba; grandchildren, Brittany Kaye Chorba Graham, and her husband, Johnathan, and Conor Templeton and Ian Templeton; siblings, Glenda Cooksey, Johnnie Howard, Gene Clanton and Richard Clanton; and close friends, Steve Craig, Kimberly Newlove and Jenny and Bill Romanelli.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, June 17, at Winter Park Baptist Church,Wilmington.

The family is grateful for the extraordinary care provided by Dr. Dean Karras of the New Hanover Medical Group and Dr. Claire Dees and Nurse Navigator Delma Armstrong at the UNC Cancer Center. Each contributed in immeasurable ways to Kaye’s quality and duration of life. We are also grateful for all the loving care and prayers provided by family and friends.

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