Katherine Scott Weller, 92, died peacefully in her home surrounded by her daughters on Monday, February 9, 2015. Mrs. Weller was preceded in death by her husband of 41 years, Fritz William Weller and three sons, Wagner, William and Michael. She is survived by her daughters Katherine Bell Moore of Louisburg, North Carolina, Frances Weller of the city and Margaret Weller-Stargell of the city. She is also survived by three grandchildren, Ira Braswell the IV, Katherine L. Moore and Kamili Bell Hill (Eddie), two great grandchildren, Skye and Lyric Hill, several nieces and nephews and a host of friends. She leaves behind a devoted companion, her 17 year old dachshund, Lil Jess.
Mrs. Weller was a lifelong Wilmingtonian. She graduated from Williston Senior High School and attended A & T State University, Greensboro, North Carolina. She was an Administrative Assistant at John T. Hoggard High School for over 25 years.
Mrs. Weller, affectionately known as “Mama Weller,” opened her home and heart to friends and neighbors. She never met a stranger and holidays in her home were filled with people of all ages and races. Her favorite past times included playing poker and watching Major League Baseball. Unbeknownst to her, one of her favorite players, the late Willie Stargell, would become her son-in-law. Despite many health challenges, she devoted much of her time helping others face similar issues, including heart disease and breast cancer. In 2012 she received the Rachel Freeman Unsung Hero award from the Wilmington YWCA and was honored as one of the Ladies of the Cape Fear.
Mrs. Weller was the keynote speaker at the 2007 American Cancer Society dinner at the age of 84. She was also recognized at the annual Pink Ribbon Project and Relay for Life events. Mrs. Weller gave many years of service to her community. Her legacy of strength and perseverance was an inspiration to many and will live on in all who knew her.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Pink Ribbon Project, the American Heart Association or the Willie Stargell Foundation.
The family will receive friends from 2:00-4:00 p.m. Sunday, February 15, 2015, at Church of the Servant, 4925 Oriole Drive, Wilmington, NC.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00pm Monday, February 16, 2015, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, corner of 16th and Market Street, Wilmington, NC. Interment will follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park.
Arrangements by Andrews Mortuary, Market Street Chapel.