2014-05-17 / Obituaries

Anne Killinger


Anne Killinger Anne Killinger Anne Kathryn Killinger, 78, of Warrenton, Virginia, died Saturday, March 1, 2014. She had been ill with cancer.

She was the daughter of Lewis and Anna Waddle of Somerset, Kentucky, and was a writer, musician, world traveler, and housewife.

She married John Killinger, a minister, professor, and writer, when she was 17. Mrs. Killinger went on to attend the University of Kentucky, George Peabody College for Teachers, and the New England Conservatory of Music. She taught piano at Georgetown College in Georgetown, Kentucky, and Ste. Cecelia’s Academy in Nashville, Tennessee.

Mr. Killinger was the pastor of Little Stone Church on Mackinac Island from 1996 through 2003, and Mrs. Killinger served as the church organist during the same period.

The Killingers lived in many places, including Boston, New York, Nashville, Birmingham, Los Angeles, Oxford, England, Paris, France, and Lynchburg, Virginia. Until her death, they most recently lived in Warrenton, near the nation’s capitol.

A musical prodigy, she became assistant organist at her large Baptist church in Somerset at the age of 13, and for four years served as the primary accompanist for all musical programs at her high school.

An author and composer, Mrs. Killinger wrote the music for two children’s religious musicals, “Jonah and the Wh-wh-whale” and “It Happens Every Christmas,” as well as for two adult musicals, “The Golden Bo-Tree and Flannery,” and “The Musical.” She and her husband also wrote a number of hymns and anthems, some of which have been published.

She wrote two novels, “Pendleton Farm” and “Rachel Remembers,” both set in the 19th century, and two books of devotionals called “An Inner Journey to Christmas” and “An Inner Journey to Easter.” She wrote a book called “A Son Is a Son ’til He Gets a Wife: How Toxic Daughters-in-Law Destroy Families,” which became the unofficial textbook for an organization known as Alienated Grandparents Anonymous, founded by a Florida woman who had read the book. This organization is now active in 40 states and several foreign countries.

Mrs. Killinger will be remembered by her many friends and relatives as a cheerful, outgoing, attractive, and humorous woman who was a gracious hostess, a splendid cook, a loving wife and mother, and a generous friend. Amanda, the founder of Alienated Grandparents Anonymous, writes, “Anne was my role model. Anne was the grandmother every grandchild should have in their lives. Anne was a great storyteller, passing on her legacy in the most articulate manner. Her tone was always very gentle and caring, and she was always there to listen with compassion to one’s plight. It is my goal now to be there for grandparents who need Anne in their lives.”

She is survived by her husband, John, of Warrenton, Virginia; two sons and their families, John Killinger of Warrenton and Paul Killinger of South Riding, Virginia, and four grandchildren. She is also survived by a sister and her family, Mary Henry of Oak Ridge, Tennessee; a brother and his family, Edward Waddle of Kingsport, Tennessee; a sisterin law, Joanne Waddle of Somerset, Kentucky, and many nieces and nephews.

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