Sunday, August 17, 2014

OBITUARY: Patricia Ann Walker Kearns

Patricia Ann Walker Kearns, 83, passed away on Aug. 15, 2014 at KC Hospice House. Patricia was born Aug. 20, 1930 to Edna Juette and John Hart Walker and was the oldest of three children. She married John Stephen Kearns on Aug. 19, 1950 in Hannibal, MO and they had five children. Patricia grew up in Blessed Sacrament Parish in Hannibal, MO. She was a long term parishioner of St. Agnes and later Church of the Nativity.

In 2008 she joined the Santa Marta community where she was currently residing. She enjoyed traveling and was an avid bridge player participating in several bridge groups. She was a member of DAR and enjoyed genealogy. She loved socializing with various groups such as the Red Hat Society, the LNO (ladies night out) group, the Monday club, and the Junior League of Johnson and Wyandotte County. She was known for her fashionable style, positive attitude, and being kind-hearted. She was a devout Catholic and attended daily Mass for many of her 83 years. She will be missed and remembered by her friends and family.

She is survived by four of her five children, seventeen grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Daughter  Susan Harris (Jim), Sarah Harris Nyp (Mike) and Abby, Matthew and Allison Nyp, David and Kelly Harris; daughter Therese McKechnie, Molly Jury (Jerrad), and Scott McKechnie; daughter Sally Keating (John), Lee Redlingshafer, Annie Burndrett (TJ), Johnathan, Paul, and Mark (Bubba) Redlingshafer; son  Steve’s children, John, Ryan, Katie and Daniel  Kearns;  and son Bryan Kearns (& girlfriend  Elaine Thomas), Lindsey, Nick and Ian Kearns. Her surviving siblings are Jack Walker, Hannibal, MO, and Carol Buck (Brian), Coco, FL.

She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Ellen McCarthy and her brother-in-law, Rev. Thomas Kearns, both of Kansas City and many nieces and nephews. Preceding her in death are her parents, her husband, John, and her son, Steve, her brother-in-law, Robert P. McCarthy, and sister-in-law, Joyce Walker. In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions to Villa St. Francis Nursing Home, Olathe, KS.  Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Church of the Nativity at 11:00 AM (3800 W 119th, Leawood, KS) on Monday, Aug.  18, 2014.

Visitation at the church, 10:00 AM.  Patricia’s cremated remains will be interred in a private ceremony with family at the Mausoleum at Resurrection Cemetery, Lenexa, KS. (Arr: Cremation Society of KS & MO 913-383-9888).