Margaret Kilstrom

Margaret Jean Kilstrom (George)

Thursday, November 20th, 1930 - Friday, November 13th, 2020
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Margaret (George) Kilstrom, age 89, passed on to her heavenly reward November 13, 2020 after a brief illness.
A lifelong resident of Transylvania County and her beloved community of Little River, she graduated from Brevard High School and Brevard College and then went on to receive her B.A. in Education from Western Carolina University. She began her teaching career at Little River and Etowah, then went on to teach various elementary grades at Brevard and Penrose, retiring with more than 30 years of service.
She was active in Delta Kappa Gamma teachers’ sorority for many years. Her heart was knit to her church family at Little River Baptist Church serving as a Sunday school teacher, as well as in G.A’s, VBS, pastoral search committees and in many other capacities. She also volunteered at Transylvania Hospital with her late husband Fred for over twenty years. They both were also very active in Little River Community Club for many years. She adored her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her sister Betty McCrary and niece Phyllis Cooper. Betty's two daughters Kim McCrary of Wilmington and Judy Culpepper of Woodstock, GA were also very close to her.
She was married to Fred Kilstrom for 63 years who preceded her in death in 2017. She is survived by sons: Tim (wife Vicki) Kilstrom of Grand Island, NE, and Eric (wife Susan) Kilstrom of Little River; five grandchildren: Mica Olinghouse, Ryann Kneeshaw, Ashley Kilstrom, Larson Kilstrom and Tori Garcia; and eight great-grandchildren.
A private family graveside service will be held at Little River Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 2-3 PM Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at Little River Baptist Church.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Little River Baptist Church or Little River community Club.
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    Wednesday, November 18th, 2020 | 2:00pm - 3:00pm
    Wednesday, November 18th, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm
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    Crab Creek Rd.
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Jean Pickelsimer Young

Posted at 01:17pm
With special memories too & heartfelt sympathy to all Margaret Jean & Betty Jo's family -- George, Kilstrom, McCrary.
Indeed, Mica, your writing, "....closing this beautiful earthly story of my beloved Grandma Margaret and Papa Fred,....I know in my heart another one is being written…and only Heaven knows how this one will never end."
"...Life everlasting." How beautifully & profoundly expressed: "....this story will NEVER end"
-- "... an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity."
"The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen."
-1Ti 1:16;4:12; 2Co 13:14 kjv
2 Corinthians 13:14 KJV

Mica Olinghouse

Posted at 08:53am
A Loving Tribute to Grandma Margaret:
An Adult Grandchild’s Perspective

From Granddaughter Mica Olinghouse (Tim’s oldest daughter)

From as far back as I can remember, there has always been Grandma Margaret and Papa Fred and the little house on Crabb Creek Road in North Carolina. They were permanent fixtures in my life—a symbol of the steadiness of home, family, cultural identity, and shared ancestral history that nothing else in the changing scenery of my global childhood could quite capture. No matter where we lived, how far away we moved, or how old we grew up, my grandparents provided a solid structure that kept us firmly rooted in the present and strongly anchored to the past. In the midst of life’s uncertain crossroads, Grandma Margaret, Papa Fred, and the little house on Crabb Creek Road reminded us of stability in changing times and the unconditional love that guides us through all the different seasons of life.

My memories of Grandma and Papa go back to the earliest days of my childhood in Louisiana. Until we moved overseas in my pre-teen years, our times together held some of our most consistent and memorable traditions. Almost like clockwork, we would make the long drive up from Louisiana to North Carolina every summer and Thanksgiving to spend time with my grandparents and relatives on my dad’s side. Oh, how I remember those innocent days of childhood…making a mess in the kitchen with Grandma as we iced cookies, playing school in the basement with Grandma’s old teaching supplies, placing our “order” at Grandpa’s Breakfast Bar, building tents with blankets and furniture, catching lightening bugs at night with our cousins, rolling down the grassy hills in the front yard, enjoying picnic lunches in the mountains, gathering together in the dining room for Grandma’s cooking or Papa’s grilling, going down Sliding Rock with Dad and Uncle Eric, hearing Papa lead the church choir on Sunday morning, listening to Grandma read or tell stories, and visiting with my great-grandmothers, great aunts and uncles, and distant cousins. The memories from these days are tender and vibrant, a cherished component of my formative years.

Once we moved overseas, things shifted a bit as new traditions and memories had to be forged with the changing geographical dynamic. Of course, our summers in North Carolina remained much the same while most of the holidays were spent apart during our years abroad. However, Grandma and Papa supported this new change and closed the distance through their extended love. During the holidays, my grandparents always sent gifts or cards. Not a week went by when we didn’t talk to them on the phone, and they were always the first to call on a birthday. I also remember fondly the visits they made to both Sweden and France—and how precious it was to have them travel the distance to enter our world so far away.

During my college years in the United States, another shift happened in my relationship with my grandparents as I began to explore my newfound independence and stretch my wings. Since I was now separated by continents and time zones from my immediate family, my relationship with my Stateside grandparents became even more precious. Ever so generous with their support and praise, they encouraged me in my studies and even came to visit me on campus at ORU. All throughout my 20s, they never forgot a birthday or a holiday and were faithful to call me to catch up on my latest news. It was during this season that my phone calls with Grandma Margaret became a gentle hand of steadiness through those uncertain young adult years. She was always there in my corner, never wavering in her love, compassion, or connection.

However, the biggest and most profound shift in my relationship with my grandparents happened in my early 30s about the time I married Jeff. At this point, I had fully crossed that bridge into maturity and adulthood. Gone were the easy breezy days of childhood and the uncertain years of my 20s—I was finally settled in my life, peacefully content in who I was as a young woman, and ready to embrace all the wonderful adventures God had planned for me and my new husband.

By this time, Grandma and Papa had also made a significant transition of their own. They had crossed over into their 80s—what turned out to be their last decade on this earth—and the circle of life was beginning to come into clear view. Fully aware that they were now considered elderly and that my time with them on earth was drawing to a close, I chose to actively treasure our last years together. All throughout my life, my sweet grandparents had continually sowed seeds of love, care, and generosity into me, and now it was my turn to sow back into these precious people whom I cherished so deeply.

It was here that my adult relationship with my grandparents began, and it was this final season with them that is perhaps the richest and dearest of all. Up until this point, I had seen only a childhood version of my grandparents—the one that views the top layer of personal experiences and pleasure without diving into the deeper waters of heart, character, and needs of the generation above us. During our many visits together to North Carolina as a young married couple, Jeff and I were able to learn, observe, and really come to know the beautiful depths of my grandparents’ souls. And what a treasure we discovered hidden in the deep, aged soil of Grandma Margaret and Papa Fred!

The first gem we encountered in this season was embedded in Grandma and Papa’s marriage union. As newlyweds, Jeff and I were seeking mentors and examples of longevity and faithfulness in marriage, and we found them in my grandparents. The tenderness, care, humor, sweetness, gentleness, peace, love, and devotion they shared together in their 63 years of marriage is like no other I’ve witnessed. They had truly grown together as one in Christ in their union, and their marriage itself testified of the love between Christ and the Church.

In their twilight years, Grandma and Papa were kind and considerate to one another, supported one another through declining health, and filled the atmosphere with laughter and love. Their moments of tenderness carried throughout the day and were revealed in their patience, their affection, their words, and their actions towards one another. One of my favorite moments I have of them just before Papa died is observing them slowly walk towards the house, stumped over and frail, hand in hand together. Their love was genuine and long-lasting, and it bore witness of their authentic relationship with the Lord.

Another part of their marriage that impacted both Jeff and I deeply was their prayer life. Many may not have discovered this hidden gem, but Grandma and Papa never went to sleep without praying together at night. I’ll never forget how during our visits, after Jeff and I had gone to bed, we could hear them through the old wooden walls praying together as husband and wife. This evening ritual wasn’t something they did just once or twice; rather, it was a sacred part of their covenant they held fast to every single night. Together, they would call out each family member by name and lift up their needs before the Lord. They prayed for their pastors and the needs of their community and nation. How it touched my heart to hear them mention my name and the name of my husband every night at bedtime. Even in my 30s, my grandparents regularly prayed for me! These powerful moments also taught Jeff and I how to properly lay a solid foundation in the early years of our marriage. If there were any couple that set the gold standard for a tender, godly marriage at the finish line, it was Grandma Margaret and Papa Fred. I can only imagine how delighted they must be to be reunited together now on the other side of eternity.

Another gem I discovered during this adult season with my grandparents was their abundant Christ-like fruit. Unlike others their age who may have yielded sour fruit cultivated by the disappointments, discouragements, wounds, pain, and losses in life, Grandma and Papa had rich, sweet, and absolutely delightful fruit. This delicious bounty was the harvest of a lifetime of serving the Lord and truly being His disciple. I learned that they were not just hearers of the Word of God but doers as well. I’m certain they faced trials and afflictions in life just like everyone else, but it was how they chose to process them, learn from them, and grow from them that created a sweetness in their old age that was tangible to all those around them. They were full of all of the fruits of the spirit, and it was this abundant yield in them that reflected Christ to those who knew them.

Grandma Margaret, in particular, was a woman of genuine patience and forgiveness. When others ignored her or mistreated her, she forgave quickly and without retaliation. In fact, I rarely heard her say a bad word about anyone! She was generous in her praise and frugal in her criticism. She always encouraged others in their gifts and talents and was proud of their accomplishments. I recall this blue landscape painting that hung over the piano in the living room, and every time Jeff and I visited her, she would point out that Larson had painted that piece and given it to them as a gift. She loved each one of her family members and accepted them all in the unique way God had made them. In all honesty, there is not one person other than my husband who has shown me such unconditional love and acceptance all throughout my life. Grandma worked to understand others and reached out in friendship and care to family, friends, and neighbors alike.

Another particular Christ-like fruit that grew in bounty in Grandma’s life was that of hospitality and neighborly love. That woman was always on the phone talking to someone! She was faithful to reach out to others, and she was often the first one to make a step towards friendship or reconciliation. Her home was open to all, and she blessed many through her homemade dishes and meals. She was welcoming to guests even during inconvenient times, and her home often became a sanctuary for family, friends, church family, neighbors, and community members. She judged little and honored many through her time, acts of service, and generosity.

Like Papa, Grandma was also rich in good works, another Christ-like fruit. I grew up knowing both my grandparents were heavily involved in church and in this organization or that, but it wasn’t until about 4 years ago on a recent trip to their home that I discovered the depth of their community service. For some reason, the swinging door that connects the living room and hallway was closed one day during our visit, and as I looked at the wall, I was shocked to see a plethora of plaques honoring the many years of service both my grandparents had given to their church and community. I’m sure I had seen that wall of plaques before, but on that particular visit, I really saw it for the first time.

As I read each plaque and the many honors bestowed on my grandparents for their years of service to others, my eyes pooled with tears. I had not realized the depth of generosity, selflessness, love, care, and compassion that had flowed for decades from these two precious hearts. They had reached out in love to just about everyone in their entire community – including leading young people at church, volunteering in service organizations, working in community leadership, and touching the sick and wounded at the hospital.

The walls in their house lined with plaques spoke not of great material awards or worldly achievements, but of the rich rewards of service to God and man. I can’t even begin to imagine what the Lord is saying to them now in heaven – for only eternity knows the true value of their genuine good works here on earth. There is no telling how many people encountered the living Christ through their expression of Him in their service to mankind.

One final gem that I uncovered during these last few years with Grandma was the joy and fulfillment she had found in life by connecting with and stewarding her God-given gifts. From a Biblical perspective, her primary motivational gift was that of a teacher—and surprisingly, it was one we both shared. While my teaching gift is expressed through my work as a writer, editor, and Bible teacher, Grandma’s was expressed through her career as an educator and her ministry as a Sunday school teacher. This gift of teaching wove throughout all facets of her life and even showed up in how she played school with her grandkids, read books, or told stories to others. Grandma had an insatiable curiosity, which is the learning component of the teaching gift. It was this beautiful inquisitive mind that also caused her to ask so many questions! Her constant curiosity revealed her open mind, love of learning, and desire to share with others the knowledge she had found.

More importantly, Grandma’s teaching gift made an incredible life-long impact on her students. Without fail, we would run into people all the time who would stop Grandma and say, “I remember you, Mrs. Kilstrom! You were my teacher so many years ago.” In fact, during our trip up to visit Grandma last year, an elderly woman stopped us at the door of the Fish Camp and said, “You’re Mrs. Kilstrom, right? I remember you taught my son in school.” If parents can remember Grandma as a teacher decades later, I can only imagine how deeply her life and gifting influenced so many students throughout the years. Her faithfulness to follow God’s chosen path for her life and bless others through her gift has encouraged me to steady the course and steward my own gifts and callings. May I be as faithful and genuine as she.

As the aging process accelerated in my grandparents’ minds and bodies during this final season, I knew that one day soon I would have to say goodbye to their physical presence on this earth. This would be a hard loss and one we’ve partially endured already with the passing of Papa Fred three years ago. But it is with the passing of Grandma Margaret that brings a finality to the story I’ve held in my heart all these years.

Throughout every season of life, there has always been Grandma Margaret, Papa Fred, and the little house on Crabb Creek Road. They’ve been there to steady me in the present, anchor me to the past, and point me forward to the future. Together, they’ve served as a foundational stone of my life, providing me with both roots and wings as I charted the course from youth to adulthood. While I deeply mourn the loss of their earthly presence in my life along with the love, friendship, mentorship, and examples I so treasured in them, I celebrate the hope of Heaven and the joy we all share in knowing the Lord.

As Grandma has now followed Papa into the glory of eternity, I am confident they are both watching me from the grandstands of heaven, cheering me on in my spiritual race. May the lessons they taught me in marriage, prayer, fruitfulness in Christ, unconditional love, abundant good works, and stewardship of gifts continually be reflected in all the changing seasons of my life.

Today, it with pain and sadness that I close this beautiful earthly story of my beloved Grandma Margaret and Papa Fred. As I tearfully and tenderly rub the well-worn covers of this cherished book and place it on the shelf with a kiss, I know in my heart another one is being written…and only Heaven knows how this one will never end.


Kim McCrary Posted at 03:51pm

Mica, this is a beautiful tribute. She loved you very much and rightfully so. You are a precious and beautiful woman who reminds me of Margaret. She definatley is everything you described. We were lucky to have them both in love and as an example. Kim

Kim McCrary

Posted at 03:52pm
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Kim McCrary

Posted at 03:40pm
My Aunt Margaret was a faithful servant of GOD, a wonderful kind woman any niece would adore. She and Uncle Freddie were always there for me supporting and praying for our family. Her favorite things were being with Fred, her church, reading her bible every night, time with family, watching TR plant corn ( she put up 96 ears this summer ) and picnics at Sycamore Flats . She was strong and never said a harsh word about anyone. I looked up to her in everyway and she was my good friend. So smart and called me very often to say hi and check on how things were going. She was curious and inquisitive. Her son Eric has done a wonderful job of tending to her every need since we lost Fred. She was so independent... always telling me she could do it herself. We were planning on spending this Thanksgiving together. She had planned our menu telling me what should I bring. : ) I know she will have a real Thanksgiving now with Fred and my mother. We will miss her, but I know she is happy.
Kim McCrary

Mica Olinghouse Posted at 09:06am

Beautiful memories of Grandma, Kim! :) Hugs to you and strength today. We also enjoyed visiting Aunt Betty on our trips up to see Grandma. May the comforting presence of the Holy Spirit be with you and Judy especially this holiday season.

Ann Wilkinsonn

Posted at 09:56am
A kind and dedicated teacher, Mrs. Kilstrom was loved by all her students. Even after 60 + years, she still remembered my name when our paths crossed.
Ann (Loftis) Wilkinson

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