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Date published: 10/25/2012

Katherine J. Wilshin

Katherine Jamison Wilshin, 91, of Fredericksburg and Irvington died Monday, Oct. 22, 2012.

She was born June 15, 1921, the daughter of the late John W. and Elizabeth F. Jamison. A native of South Carolina, she graduated St. John's High School in Darlington, S.C., and moved to Fredericksburg with her family in 1938. She was a graduate of Mary Washington College with a Bachelor of Science degree in home economics.

Mrs. Wilshin, widow of Francis Folliard Wilshin, was a high school home economics teacher for 25 years in the counties of Caroline and Prince William and the cities of Petersburg and Fredericksburg. She served on several state high school evaluation committees and was active in state and local professional organizations during this time. She was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Fredericksburg and past president of the Woman's Auxiliary (Episcopal Church Women) and past president of the Fredericksburg Junior Woman's Club. Mrs. Wilshin was a past president and member of the Ann Page Garden Club and a member of the Woman's Club of Fredericksburg, having served on various committees.

She held membership in several historical organizations including George Washington's Fredericksburg Foundation, Historic Fredericksburg Foundation Inc., Fredericksburg Area Museum and Cultural Center, Friends of Belmont, Northern Neck of Virginia Historical Society, Foundation for Historic Christ Church Inc., and the Steamboat Era Museum in Irvington.

She is survived by her daughter, Julie Harris, and her husband, William H. Harris, of Fredericksburg and Irvington; grandson John Harris and his wife, Kristi, of Taylors, S.C.; granddaughters Betsy Harris of Taylors and Jamie Barringer and her husband, Treece, of Richfield, N.C.; and great-grandson Parker Harris and two great-granddaughters, Katherine and Allison Harris, all of Taylors.

Katherine loved gardening, flower arranging and entertaining. She will be remembered for her love of family and good times with those she held dear.

A service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, at Trinity Episcopal Church. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery. A reception will follow the burial in Jamison Hall at Trinity Episcopal Church.

Memorials may be made to Trinity Episcopal Church, Box 3400, Fredericksburg, Va. 22402.

Online guest book is at covenantfuneralservice.com.