Kathleen Virginia Berry Saleeby, 78, of Wilmington,
NC peacefully went to Heaven after suffering a heart attack.
Kathleen was born on Knotts Island, NC to the late Grantham and
Bertha Berry of Elizabeth City, NC. She graduated from Elizabeth
City High School, and attended The College of William & Mary and
Duke University for nursing school. After moving to Wilson, NC, she
completed her education and training and became a registered nurse.
She married the late Wade Samir Saleeby Sr. in 1956 and lived
together in Wilson, NC.
Kathleen loved Jesus, her family, cooking, reading, gardening, and
spending time with her grandchildren. Her smile and beautiful eyes,
made everyone feel at home, and they were a window into her kind and
gentle soul. Countless friends of her children, that called her
Mom, have been touched by her genuine love over the years.
Kathleen was a member of the Freedom Baptist Church in Wilmington,
Katheen is pre-deceased by her husband and is
survived by her six children: Wade Saleeby Jr., of Chapel Hill; Toni
Saleeby of Wilmington; Sonya Saleeby Voliva of Greenville; Sherry
Saleeby of Ayden; Maria Saleeby Thompson and husband Daniel of
Wilmington; and Amber Saleeby of Wilmington; and grandchildren, Eric
Spencer Saleeby Raper of Wilmington; Stephanie Austin Saleeby of
Wilmington; William Mason Voliva of Greenville; Leah Grace Thompson
and Cyrus Wade Thompson of Wilmington; sisters Lena Karn of Virginia
Beach, VA; and Marie Cartwright of Elizabeth City, NC; and numerous
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations may be
made to the Heart Center Fund through the New Hanover Regional
Medical Center Foundation of Wilmington, NC, The American Heart
Association and the NHR EMS CPR Mission.
Memorial Service, Wilmington, NC will be held Tuesday Sept. 11, 4
p.m. at Freedom Baptist Church.
Funeral Service, Wilson, NC will be
held at Thomas Yelverton Funeral Home Wednesday Sept. 12, from
12p.m.-1p.m. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. at Maplewood
Cemetery. Family and friends will gather at the First Presbyterian
Church Fellowship Hall afterwards.