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December 5, 1950 - April 8, 2020
Funeral Home Hidden Valley Funeral Home of Kearney
Katherine (Kathy) Marie Howell, born December 5th, 1950, passed away, on Wednesday, April 8th, 2020.
Kathy is survived by her Husband Robert Lee; Daughters Christine Marie, Sherri Lee; Grandchildren Meagan Katherine Rosales, Hannah Jordan Dennis, Micah Jason Dennis, Bryan Leonardo Rosales; Great Grandchildren Violet Zulma Rosales, Julian Leonardo Rosales and a multitude of “Adopted” Children, who knew her best as “Momma Kathy,” from her contributed years of service with the Kansas City Youth for Christ Club in Excelsior Springs, MO (1983-1989).
She is proceeded in death by her Mother, Viola Marie Stephens and Father, Eddie B. Stephens, both of Lawson, MO.
Kathy, along with her younger sisters, Nancy Stewart, Donna Parker, Shirley Stephens and Brenda Bales, grew up in rural Breckenridge, MO, where she met and married her first and only Love, Robert Howell. Bob is the older brother of Kathy’s life-long best friend, Billie Rae (Howell) Hunsaker, who helped introduce them while Kathy was still in High School (1964). They dated while Bob was in the Navy and finally married on June 28th, 1968. A multitude of adventures since, Kathy & Bob’s love truly stood the test of time; Nearly 52 years of Marriage, strong!
Kathy’s compassion and generosity knew no bounds. She approached everyone with open arms and with zero judgment. The most important thing to her was her Family & she never failed to tell them how much she loved each, and every one of them, “a bushel & a peck & a hug around the neck.”
Kathy loved flowers and gardening and had a passion for reading, sewing, spur-of-the-moment weekend road trips with her daughters, laughing “til it hurt,” and finding joy in simple pleasures. She loved volunteering her time at Church, in the Community & with Youth for Christ Club and would help anyone who asked, at a moment’s notice.
Kathy was a faithful & loving Daughter, Sister, Wife, Mother, Grandma, Great Grandma, & Friend. Her presence will be sorely missed but we can rest assured that we will be reunited, in Heaven, one day.
Due to CDC Limited Gathering/ Social Distancing restrictions, the Family is unable to have a traditional Service or Visitation. In lieu of flowers, the Family would welcome donations towards a Memorial Bench, to be placed in remembrance of Kathy at Trosper Cemetery in Daviess County, MO next to Family grave sites. Donations can be made in Kathy’s name directly to Hidden Valley Funeral Home (Kearney Location) 925 E. State Route 92, Kearney, MO 64060, (816) 903-8888.
In this unsettling & confusing time, Kathy’s Family would like to extend a message of hope, in her honor: Jonathan Lockwood Huie, known as “The Philosopher of Happiness,” said that “you don’t have the power to make life “fair,” but you do have the power to make life joyful.” How, you might ask, is that possible, when life throws out a hail storm of curve balls? Follow the directives of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who said, “If you can’t fly, then run. If you can’t run, then walk. If you can’t walk, then crawl. But whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward.” Regardless of how difficult things may be, count your blessings, remain hopeful… “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.” (Psalm 30:5)