Mrs. Juanita Beatrice “Nina” Kilmon, 93, passed away peacefully Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022, at her home in Melfa, while surrounded by family and new friend and hospice nurse, Marie. Born in Poulson, Sept. 7, 1928, she was the daughter of the late Otha James Hart and the late Linzie Lee Ball Hart.
Juanita grew up in the small towns of Cattail and Winterville, and attended Shiloh Baptist Church in Messongo as a child. In 1942, she married Franklin William Kilmon, to whom she remained a loving and devoted wife for 65 years. Juanita worked at the former R&G Shirt Factory in Parksley for several years, and then became an Avon representative, having worked with the company until her death, a total of 55 years. She continued to stay close to her faith throughout her life as a longtime member of Oak Grove United Methodist Church and most recently attended Belle Haven United Methodist Church. She was a voracious reader and only slowed down when she began to lose her sight due to glaucoma and macular degeneration.
Juanita adored her family and went out of her way to make sure she was always there when they needed her. She helped her daughter, Mary Ann, attend college, built a loving home in Melfa with her husband, Franklin, and helped raise her grandsons, as well as her three great-grandchildren. She was famous for her fudge, and when it snowed, friends and family gathered, as she was known for sharing her “big pot and little pot” of vegetable soup. Juanita was loved by her late son-in-law, Sonny Rudiger, who she selflessly helped care for, along with her daughter, in the late 1980s.
She leaves to cherish her memory her daughter, Mary Ann Rudiger, of Melfa; grandsons, John William Rudiger and Franklin Todd Rudiger, and his wife, Teresa, all of Melfa; great-grandchildren, Sierra Kathryn, Kaylee Marie, and Franklin Luther Rudiger; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, parents, and son-in-law, she was predeceased by her siblings, Eunice Marie Bundick and her husband, Elwood, Mary Jane Williams and her husband, Bruce, and Carlton James Hart and his wife, Helen.
A memorial service will be scheduled and announced in the spring. Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Belle Haven United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 37, Belle Haven, VA 23306, or to Northern Accomack Community Cats, P.O. Box 83, New Church, VA 23415 (www.accomackcats.org/donating
Memory tributes may be shared with the family at www.williamsfuneralhomes.