Kitty Webb, 78, died Tuesday, March 30, 2010 at 9:30 p.m. at Hometown Manor (formerly Beehive Assisted Living) with Ross at her side following an illness. She was born Kitty Pearce Anderson and was a life-long resident of Shelbyville. She was the daughter of the late Charles H. and Kathleen Pearce Anderson.
“Miss Kitty”, as so many people affectionately knew her, grew up on Bullskin Creek on Anderson Lane, which was named for her father who maintained the road for many years. She helped him on the farm and went with him into Jefferson County where he had bluegrass strippers. At ages 14 and 15, she could often be seen driving a tractor up Scott Station Road and on into Shelbyville via U.S. 60 with Charleen riding beside her, stalling traffic. When she was 16 years old, they relocated into Shelbyville on U.S. 60 to the house that is now known as Marimba’s Restaurant. In her teenage years, it was a gathering place for many of her friends. Kitty was popular and never lacked a date for Saturday night.
She attended the Science Hill School for Girls and was a 1949 graduate of Shelbyville High School where she was a majorette. She also attended Ward Belmont College in Nashville, TN, the University of Kentucky and Comptometer School in Louisville. After graduating from Comptometer School with honors, she went to work for the Colgate Palmolive Company in the accounting department until her marriage to Robert Reed Webb, the son of R. Reed and Elizabeth McDade Webb. She then worked for Webb Transfer Line for a few years. Bobby and Kitty made a handsome couple, and they loved to dance. Reed wanted a grandson and wanted him to be born in January. She received a new 1960 black Thunderbird car by giving birth to her one son on January 31. She and her mother, Kathleen, traveled about the United States. Kitty would take the wheel, and they always had a good time.
She later married William A. Dietrich, Jr., of Louisville, a wholesale car dealer. Billy D. was a talented golfer, and he helped her to enhance her golf game. He was also an accomplished pianist. Additionally, he had a tremendous influence upon her son’s life. He preceded her in death in August 1981. At that time, she took the Webb name back. Prior to his death, “Daddy Bill” as Ross knew him, said to “always take care of your mother, no matter what.”
She and her sister, Charleen, regardless of the slight difference in ages, sometimes seemed like twins and often fought like true sisters. Charleen was at Kitty’s home nearly every day after they became adults. Kitty missed their association greatly after her untimely death in 1986.
As the very proud mother of Ross, she later helped him to develop his businesses, Webb Plumbing and Electrical, now known as Able Service LLC, and Webb Funeral Home. She was also an associate of Morton-Beckley Funeral Directors.
She was a member of First Christian Church and the former Upper Room Sunday School Class. She played the piano for the Men’s Bible Class. She was also a member of the Kingsway Circle and the Rebekah and Odd Fellows fraternal orders. She was the president of the King’s Daughters and Sons Hospital Board for many years as well as the chair of the Memorial Heart Fund for many years. In her leisure time, she enjoyed bowling, golf and was an avid bridge player. Being very stylish, she also enjoyed having her hair and nails done and getting out in the sun for a good tan. She loved to sunbathe. She was a former member of the Shelbyville Country Club where she played on the Ladies Golf League and won the Fourth Flight Championship. She worked for many years to help promote the golf course. She was a proud member of the Democratic Party, and she worked on several campaigns.
In addition to her parents, one sister, Charleen Kresin and two half-brothers, Willie Anderson and A. B. Anderson, preceded her in death.
Survivors include her son, Ross Webb; two nephews, Jon Charles Kresin (Mary Ann) and Tom Kresin (Carol); four great nieces; one great nephew and her brother-in-law, Dr. Jon Kresin (Mary).
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Webb Funeral Home. Visitation will be 1-9 p.m. Friday with Rebekah/Odd Fellow Rites at 8 p.m. Rev. Dr. David Charlton will officiate at the funeral services with brief remarks from Bill Matthews, Rev. Jesse Baxter, Rev. Robert Marshall, Sr. and Rev. Ronald Holder. Burial will follow at Grove Hill Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Ronnie Druin, Willard Haas, Robert Howell, Marcus Johnson, Terry Jones, Paul Mengelberg and Paul Placke. Honorary pallbearers will be Tony Asay, Gayle Harper, John Hopkins, Bill Matthews, George Morton, Bob Pearce and Fred Tichenor. Flowers are welcome and expressions of sympathy may be made to Hosparus or the Educational Trust Fund of the Grand Encampment of Kentucky, P.O. Box 365, Paintsville, KY 41240. Online condolences may be expressed at www.webbfuneralhome.com.
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