Kathleen Lark Spindle, a long-time resident of Hustle, Virginia, died of breast cancer on Sunday, September 2, 2018, at the Halquist Memorial Hospice Center in Arlington, Virginia.
Kathleen was born in 1949 to Thelma McWilliams Spindle and Barbee Burke Spindle, and she grew up in Washington, DC. After graduating from Columbia Union College (now Washington Adventist University) in Takoma Park, Maryland, she moved to her family’s home at Spindle’s Mill Pond in Hustle. She worked as a medical technician at the Tappahannock hospital’s lab as well as for several prominent physicians in town.
Kathleen loved the outdoors and was an avid gardener with a green thumb like her mother’s. She enjoyed drawing and reading. She also loved animals, especially horses, and had many pets throughout her lifetime, including dogs, cats, birds, fish, ferrets, and an ill-fated hermit crab or two. Her beloved golden retriever, Sage, provided great joy and comfort in recent years.
Although plagued by ill health for years, Kathleen was known for being a good friend to many. She gave generously of her time, her talents, and her ability to listen with empathy. A gifted writer, she often penned inspirational poems and essays to lift the spirits of her friends.
Kathleen walked closely with the Lord during good times and bad, trusting Him to meet her needs. The Lord worked through her numerous friends in the community to care for her in many ways, and her family is most grateful. She grew up attending Bethlehem Baptist Church in Hustle and later joined the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Tappahannock.
Kathleen was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Bob and Gary Lang; and her sister Carol Linkins. She is survived by a large extended family; many loving friends and neighbors; her cat, Cassie; and her faithful dog, Sage.
A memorial service will be held on Monday, September 24 at 2:00 p.m. at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Hustle with the Reverend Samuel L. Feemster presiding. Memorial gifts may be made to an agency of your choice that provides hospice care, legal aid, or animal adoption services