WILMINGTON — Juanita King McKeithan Kaufman, 92, left on her heavenly journey at 8:15 p.m. Tuesday, March 7, 2017, at her residence at The Davis Community Center, Timberline House.
Mrs. Kaufman was born on Aug. 12, 1924, in Wilmington, the daughter of Nellie Louise Mathews and I.W. King. Juanita was one of the first staff nurses hired by Champ Davis for Cornelius Davis Nursing Home. She was a member of the Red Cross Disaster Team and a lifetime member of Optimist International Club. She was a faithful Christian and a member of Victory Christian Fellowship. She loved the Lord and was a blessing to everyone she met throughout her life, before and after she became a resident at Davis.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur B. Kaufman; son, Cecil Council McKeithan; and LoRansey McKeithan, the father of her children.
She is survived by her children, the Rev. Allen McKeithan (Marie) of Wilmington, N.C., Louise M. Nance of Castle Hayne, N.C., Debra L. Fulcher (Darrell) of Clayton, N.C., Bobby E. McKeithan (Cheryl) of Castle Hayne, N.C.; daughter-in-law, Irene McKeithan of Wilmington; sister, Delphia George (Avon) of Hampstead; 11 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren; and many cousins.
Juanita loved spending time with her family. She always enjoyed cooking for a large crowd and was well known for her famous Pink Coconut Cake. She also loved to travel with her good friend of many years, Patsy Peterson. She was a loving mother, sister and grandmother. Always the hospitable host, she will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing her.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 12, at Davis Community Main Chapel. The family will receive friends from 2 to 3 p.m. prior to the service. A private interment will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any memorial gifts be made to Lower Cape Fear Hospice, 1414 Physicians Dr., Wilmington, NC 28401; or to the Davis Community in memory of Juanita.
The family is very grateful for the love and care from the staff at Davis Community and the Lower Cape Fear Hospice.
If roses grow in Heaven Lord
Please pick a bunch for me
Place them in my Mother’s arms
and tell her they’re from me.
Tell her I love and miss her and
when she turns to smile,
Place a kiss upon her cheek and
hold her for a while.
Because remembering her is easy,
I do it everyday,
But there’s an ache within my heart
That will never go away.