Preston Family Funeral Home
Linda G. Kiser, 77, of Westwood, was called by the angels in heaven to begin her journey of everlasting life on Monday, April 22, 2013, in Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital in Russell following a sudden illness.
Linda was born Feb. 22, 1936, at home in West Van Lear in Johnson County, the daughter of the late Hazel Hall and Emmett L. Groves.
Linda was a devoted wife, beloved sister, aunt and kind and caring friend to many. Linda attended the first grade in West Van Lear, second grade in Indiana, grades three through nine at Fairview and graduated from Ashland Senior High School in 1952.
She began her working career at the Doll House from ages 12 through 16. After graduation from high school, she had a position at the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway awaiting her because of the efforts of her big brother, Eddie, who was employed there as a clerk. He volunteered his time to train her and remained with her as she worked the midnight shift at the old freight house. She remained with the C&O Railroad for 201⁄2 years.
Linda began her walk with Christ in September 1953, as she accepted him into her life and continued to touch others with her stories about her Savior and the blessings bestowed upon her.
She married her husband, Robert Harold Kiser, on Feb. 28, 1954. They were married for 48 years, six months and seven days. After leaving the railroad, Linda was employed for three years with King’s Daughters Hospital. Linda and Bob later began a business venture with Montgomery Ward, owning and operating the Montgomery Ward Store in Grayson for 12 years. Linda and Bob had a blessed life together. They traveled in 35 states, Canada and Mexico. They provided vacations enjoyed by various family members. They gave assistance to those in need and were forever generous with the institutions that supported the promotion of Christianity and our Lord, Jesus Christ, veterans and numerous charitable organizations.
Linda was also preceded in death by her loving husband, Robert Harold Kiser; brothers Clyde B. Groves, Paul B. Groves and John Eli Groves; a sister, Rebecca Ellen Fraley; a niece, Missi Withrow; a brother-in-law, Harold Fraley; and sisters-in-law Beatrice Groves and Glenna Kiser.
Survivors include a brother, Edwin B. Groves and his wife, Treva, of Catlettsburg; a sister, Carolyn Groves Withrow and her husband, Cork, of Flatwoods; sisters-in-law, Linda Groves (late husband John) of Alabama and Pat Groves (late husband Paul); and brothers-in-law Ted Kiser and his wife, Betty, of Ashland and Charles and his wife, Dawn, of Florida. She is also survived by nieces Patty Le Blanc, Joyce Carter, Connie Thaxton, Nancy Poynter, Candy Messer, Lisa Baker, Mimi Rayburn, Linda Forbush and Bettie Lee Hatten; nephews John R. Groves, James B. Groves, Corky Withrow, Daniel Kiser and Donald Kiser; a host of great-nieces and great-nephews; several great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews; and a very special friend, Donna McCorkle. She is also survived by Sissy, her loving dog, who waits patiently by the sliding glass door to be fed and given special treats and whose heart will be forever broken.
The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 28, 2013, at Preston Family Funeral Home in Ashland by Chaplain James E. Rayburn and the Rev. Shane Cox. Burial will be in Bellefonte Memorial Gardens in Flatwoods.
Family and friends invite all to join us in the celebration of my Aunt Linda’s everlasting life with visitation from 6 to 8 p.m. today, April 27, 2013, at the funeral home.
May you rest in peace, Aunt Linda, until we meet again. I have been blessed with knowing you and loving you once again.
— Your niece, Candy Groves Messer