Obituaries detail

Katherine Susan O'Malley
Apr 23,1955---May 02,2019

 

Katherine Susan O’Malley, 64, of Lee’s Summit, Mo., died May 2, 2019, after a courageous battle with motor neuron disease. She was born to the late Tom and Helen Walkinshaw, April 23, 1955 in Girard, Ks. Kathy graduated from Columbus Unified High School in 1973 and received a BA in Education from the Northeastern State University in 1978. Kathy was a varsity cheerleader in high school and college, and she was the 1972 Homecoming Queen in high school. She married Michael J. O’Malley in 1979 and they lived in Wichita, Ks., New Braunfels, Tx., Oxford, Ms., and Ft. Smith, Ar., before settling in Lee’s Summit, Mo. to be close to grandchildren. Kathy was a pre-school teacher until she retired in 2009. She loved her students like her own children.

 

Another passion of Kathy’s was church ministries. One of her favorite ministries was at the Sebastian County Juvenile Detention Center in Ft Smith. She was a true friend to several of the young girls that had gotten in trouble. Kathy also loved to help with the annual Christmas Gift wrapping fund raiser for Make A Wish. She helped send many sick children on their dream trips.

 

Kathy loved to travel. She and her family and friends have been on several cruises and enjoyed many all-inclusive resorts. Her favorite spot was in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.  

 

Kathy was preceded in death by her sister Becky Knight. She is survived by her spouse, Mike O’Malley; two children, Mary O’Malley Burnett (Scott), and Daniel J. O’Malley. She is also survived by 3 grandchildren, Ava, Luke, and Ben Burnett; two sisters, Cindy Rush and Janie Tanner (Gary); one brother Tom Walkinshaw (Lola), and numerous nieces and nephews.

 

Kathy was always there for her family. When her son Daniel was 10 years old, he was treated for childhood cancer at St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and Kathy became a “St Jude Mom”, a title that she held in high esteem. Also, when her daughter Mary was hospitalized for two months with a pregnancy (Luke and Ben), Kathy and Mike moved to Lee’s Summit to take care of Ava. Kathy was a “Go To Girl” if there ever was one. Anytime someone needed a helping hand she was there.

 

Kathy was known as Mimi to her grandchildren and Mike is known as Poppie. Mimi and Poppie’s house is the favorite place for Ava, Luke, and Ben. It is a totally reliable source of popsicles, huge hugs, and a fun dip in the pool.

 

Mimi will be forever missed!

 

Kathy would like for donations to be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN in honor of Daniel J. O’Malley.  A celebration of life will be held  on Saturday, May 11, at The Summit Church, 3381 NW Chipman Rd., Lee’s Summit, MO, 64081 (Corner of Chipman Rd. and View High Dr.). The visitation will start at 9:00 am, and the service will start at 11:00am.

 

Additional Service:
Visitation
Location:
The Summit Church
Address:
3381 NW Chipman Rd.
City:
Lee's Summit
State:
Missouri
Zip Code:
64081
Date of Service:
May 11 ,2019
Time of Service:
9:00 am
Additional Information:

Visitation from 9:00 am to 11:00 am

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Additional Service:
Celebration of Life
Location:
The Summit Church
Address:
3381 NW Chipman Rd.
City:
Lee's Summit
State:
Misssouri
Zip Code:
64081
Date of Service:
May 11 ,2019
Time of Service:
11:00 am
Additional Information:
No Additional Information Added
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Condolences

Richard and Tracie Snow May 03 ,2019

Family Friend ,Fort Smith ,Arkansas

We first met at Grace Community Church where Kathy would love on my young son Brennen. Kathy always enjoyed seeing how he was dressed. She always had a smile and hug every time we saw one another. From the first moment I stepped into her front door, I knew I was at home. So much, we bought her home. We thank God for our home. Her heart for others still lives in this home. I think of her so often and her spirit is still with me. Kathy loved her family and friends in a BIG way. I'm honored to have known her, blessed to live in her home, and thankful she's rejoicing in Heaven now. For those of us left, may we find peace and joy in the memories of her love.

Cathy and Beau Hollingsworth May 03 ,2019

Family friends ,Springdale ,Arkansas

We are so saddened by this loss and hope your sorrow turns to the sweet memories we know you all have. Much love to all, Cathy and Beau

Jan Maxwell May 04 ,2019

Old family friend ,COLUMBUS ,Kansas

Just wanted to tell you all that your mom and wife was so much fun when she would come visit at our house with my sister, Ellen...the angel choir just received another member...Jan Houser

Mike and Cynthia Adamec May 05 ,2019

Friend ,Fort Smith ,Arkansas

Mike and family, We are so sorry to learn of Kathy's passing. We want to send our condolences and sympathy. Kathy was a great friend and neighbor. You are all in our prayers.

Lynn Brown May 05 ,2019

Friend ,St.Charles ,Missouri

Dear Mary and family, I am so very sorry to hear about your mother. My heart goes out to you and you are in my prayers. Remember the best of times...

Carla Jones May 06 ,2019

Friend ,Broken Bow ,Oklahoma

So sorry for your pain in the loss of sweet Kathy. Hoping you will gather strength knowing how much your friends love and care for you.

Gordon Kyle May 08 ,2019

Sorry to hear of your loss. Our prayers and thoughts are with you, Mike, and with your family.

Brad and Cheryl Atkinson May 08 ,2019

Friends ,Broken Arrow ,Oklahoma

Words can’t express how much we will miss Kathy. Having known her all our lives, we will miss her smile, her funny little laugh, her sense of humor and most of all her friendship. We will always treasure the awesome times have had traveling and getting together on every opportunity. Even in these past few months when she hasn’t felt well she was always up to the task of getting around and going out to enjoy life. Rest In Peace our friend. We know you are in Gods hands and are no longer hurting.

Milesh Nima May 10 ,2019

Neighbour ,Lee's summit ,Missouri

I never met Katherine but i have known Mike since i moved in Lee's summit a year. But knowing Mike and the things I read and heard about Katherine, I wish I would have met this wonderful soul at least once. In this time of grief, O'Malley family will be in my thoughts and prayers. I am deeply saddened by your loss. Rest in peace Katherine. May God bless O'Malley family.