Kathryn “Kathy” L. Kohls, 87, passed away Saturday, June 2, 2018, in Ellsworth, less than an hour before her late husband’s 90th birthday. She was born Aug. 4, 1930, near Viola to Robert and Minnie (Schmeissner) Barnett.
Kathy married Arthur “Art” Kohls in rural Clearwater on Nov. 20, 1954. They met when Kathy took a teaching job in Ellsworth after receiving her teacher’s certificate from Southwestern College. After living near Clearwater for 23 years, the couple then moved back to Ellsworth in 1977. Kathy was a faithful farm wife, helping Art out with all of the farming.
Kathy was a longtime board member and treasurer for the Ellsworth County Historical Society. She was instrumental in the completion of the new research center on the museum complex and was part of the group that saw the construction of the Drovers Cottage assisted living facility. She also formed the Ellsworth Grief Group following the loss of her husband, Art, in 2015.
Kathy is survived by her son, Robin (Brenda) Kohls of Ellsworth; son, Doug (Mary) Kohls of Clearwater; daughter, Janet (Larry) Mater of Owasso, Okla.; seven grandchildren, Brook (Dr. Chris) Hagen, Wendy (Corey) Hough, Morgan (Josh) Schmitt, Nathan (Becca) Kohls, Kevin (Kim) Kohls, Jared Kohls, and Miranda (Shane) Fleming; 11 great-grandchildren; sister, Lois Cain; and brother, John Barnett (Ethelyn). She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Art; and sister, Doris Payne.
Visitation will be 1-8 p.m. Thursday, June 7, at Parsons Funeral Home, Ellsworth, with family present 3-7 p.m.
Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m., Friday, June 8, at First United Methodist Church, Ellsworth, with burial following in Ellsworth Memorial Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Ellsworth County Historical Society, First United Methodist Church, or Ellsworth County Medical Center, c/o, Parsons Funeral Home, PO Box 45, Ellsworth, KS 67439. www.parsonsfh.com.