Kathy Arnold Taft passed away on Tuesday, March 9, 2010.
A memorial service will be held 3:00 p.m. Saturday, March 13th at St. Paul's Episcopal Church. A reception will follow in the Parish Hall.
Kathy was born on August 24, 1947 in Milwaukee, WI to the late Esther Gislason Arnold and Dr. Jesse Hoyt Arnold II. She was raised in Kinston, NC and was a graduate of Grainger High School. She spent many years as a public health educator in Raleigh and Greenville. In 1981, Kathy graduated cum laude from East Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education.
In 1995, Kathy was appointed by Governor Jim Hunt to the state Board of Education. Before being appointed to the state board, she was vice chairperson of the Pitt County Board of Education in Greenville. Kathy was a founding member of Pitt County Communities in Schools. She served on the Board of Governors of the Governor's Schools of North Carolina from 1986-1992. She was a guardian ad litem volunteer, member of the East Carolina University Women's Roundtable, an Educator's Hall of Fame Inductee, and was recently honored by Order of the Cupola.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Susan Marie Arnold.
She is survived by her children, Jessica Perry Gorall and husband, Dwight, Paige Pressly Fuqua and husband, Chris, Thomas Fleming Taft, Jr. and Jonathan Gudmund Taft. She has five grandsons, Ryan Taylor Gorall, Benjamin Warren Gorall, Christopher Gaines Fuqua, Jr., Joseph Hoyt Fuqua, and Nicholas Wilder Fuqua. Kathy is also survived by her sister, Dina Arnold Holton, her brother, Jesse Hoyt Arnold III and several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends on Friday, March 12 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Wilkerson Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Kathy A. Taft Scholarship for a female undergraduate in Education Policy UNC School of Education Foundation, CB# 3500 Peabody Hall, Chapel Hill, NC 27599, and The Kathy A. Taft Scholarship for a female undergraduate in Education Leadership College of Education, East Carolina University Foundation, Inc., The Greenville Centre, Ste 1100, 2200 South Charles Blvd, Mail Stop 301Greenville, NC 27858-4353
Online condolences at www.wilkersonfuneralhome.com