A memorial service is planned for Sat., Jan 24th at 2:00pm at Corinth Church, 150 16th Ave Northwest, Hickory, NC 28601
Memorials may be made in her memory to The Good Samaritan Fund, c/o Corinth Reformed Church, 150 16th Ave NW, Hickory, NC 28601 or to The Animal Rescue and Foster Program, by mail to P.O. Box 77393, Greensboro, NC 27417, or by Paypal at www.arfpnc.com memo Mary Kahn.
Flowers may be ordered from Whitener Florist 828-324-6899. They have information for the service.
Bass-Smith Funeral Home in Hickory is serving the family of Mary Kahn and on-line condolences may be sent to https://www.bass-smithfuneralhome.com.
Memorial Service at Corinth Church, Hickory, NC
Mary Kahn, 88, of Hickory, passed away Sunday, January 11, 2015 at Brian Center in Viewmont.
Mary was born December 10, 1926, in Norfolk, VA, to the late Margaret Owen Barrett and Ernest Eugene Plouff. She moved to Weems, VA, where she spent most of her childhood. It was in this relative poverty stricken area that she learned to get along with and help others, and it was here that she learned the value of cooperation and love of thy neighbor and community. It was also here that she learned to help others as many people learned to help themselves and each other during the rough times of that era. This became especially more noticeable during the war.
Mary moved to NY to expand her horizons, and there she met her husband, Howard Kahn. It was in NY they raised her son, Claude Barrett, and in 1959 her daughter, Meryl Jean Kahn, was born.
She later moved to NC to be near her family and her grandchildren. She had an impact on everyone she met. It was her constant selfless concern for others and little acts of kindness that all will remember. When you talked to her, her genuine sense concern for others was obvious. Throughout her life, she always helped others and their concerns before her own. She was very active in her church, and always put God before herself in everything she did.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Kahn; and son, Claude Barrett; a brother, John Barrett and a sister, Francis Parisi.
She is survived by her her brother, James Barrett of New York, her daughter, Meryl Jean Paspa and husband Philip of Hickory, NC; two grandsons: Max and Alex Paspa, both of Hickory, NC; three granddaughters: Gabby Paspa of Hickory, NC, Nicole Barrett and Kim Listwan, both of New York; four great-grandchildren: Jessica Barrett, Melissa Listwan, Katherine Serpe and James Serpe and two great-great grandchildren: Ava Thomas and Mason Jensen, of New York.
She will be sorely missed by her family and all who knew her, who in this time of grief, nevertheless recall and celebrate with joy an extraordinary life of service to others and an attitude of selflessness which was borne of hard times and was present throughout her long and good life – in good times and bad. She was always helpful to and concerned for others above herself.
We will celebrate her life with happiness on Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at Corinth Reformed Church with Pastor Bob Thompson officiating.