Oma Mae Willoughby

Oma Mae Willoughby, 99, passed away Friday, February 15, 2013, at Homestead Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Lexington, KY.

Services for Miss Willoughby will be 12:00 p.m. Monday, February 18, 2013, at Harrod Brothers Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Carlisle Cemetery, Carlisle, KY. Visitation will be at the funeral home Monday from 11:00 a.m. until the service.

She was born September 30, 1913, to the late R.C. and Nannie Sexton Willoughby in Powell County, KY. The family soon moved to Montgomery County, KY and stayed ten years, before moving to Nicholas County, KY which she considered her home until her parents died in 1971 and 1972.

She was a graduate of Morehead State University and did graduate work at The University of Kentucky. While at Morehead she was a member of a social club in her dormitory, the Y.W.C.A., and the English Majors Club. She also did some reporting for “The Trail Blazer,” the school’s newspaper at that time.

She was a long time employee of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, beginning in the Department of Welfare and retiring from the Department for Human Resources. In April, 1983, she was awarded a plaque in recognition of her 42 years of service, for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. She was subsequently designated a Kentucky Colonel. During 42 years of employment she worked in various geographical areas of the Commonwealth, but spent the last 13 years in the department’s central office in Frankfort.

While living in Frankfort she attended the First United Methodist Church and for a number of years did volunteer work in the church office. She was a member of the Women’s Bible Anna Kavanaugh Sunday school class, the United Methodist Women and the Wesleyan Guild.

In addition to her current membership in the Morehead Alumni Association, the Kentucky Public Retirees, and the Ten-Ure Club, she was a former member of the Business and Professional Women’s Club, the United Daughters of the Confederacy, and work related such as the Kentucky Welfare Association.

She is survived by two nephews, Robert (Katherine) Willoughby, Buffalo, NY, and Stephen Kaenzig, Flemingsburg, KY; two nieces, Mary W. (Scott) Belyea, Ontario, Canada, and Janet Kaenzig, Lexington, KY; four great-nieces and one great-nephew.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by two brothers, Ernest and William Willoughby; and two sisters, Lurley W. Sexauer and Nina W. Kaenzig.

Arrangements are under the direction of Harrod Brothers Funeral Home. Condolences may be shared via the online guestbook at

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