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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Kathryn P. Keazer, 93, a resident of Presbyterian Village, formerly of Prescott, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Feb. 22, 2010, following a lengthy struggle with cancer.

She was welcomed into the home of Edward and Anna Hennessy Gorman on Feb. 2, 1917, in Fulton, Kan.

The fourth of five children, she attended Fish Creek School in Fulton and later graduated from Fort Scott High School in 1937.

Among her favorite childhood memories were playing with her many Gorman and Hennessy cousins, riding horses, dancing, attending church and large holiday gatherings.

Kathryn worked a short time for the Kress Company before she wed her long time suitor, Ralph I. "Bill" Rose, on Jan. 2, 1939, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Fulton.

They set up housekeeping and farmed several plots of land, including one Farm Bureau Century Farm, east of Prescott.

They also owned and operated the Linn County Bowl in Pleasanton for a number of years.

They were busy raising crops, running a Grade A Dairy farm and caring for four children, but they always made time for family and friends.

They loved to dance, play cards and celebrate special occasions.

Her beloved Bill passed away on Sept. 5, 1973.

Kathryn had a zest for life and lived each day to the fullest. Her deep faith sustained her through numerous trials and the joy of the Lord enhanced her days.

She was a charter member of the Philo Study Club, a sponsor of the Prescott Teen Town, an active member of the Prescott PTA, a 4-H Leader and a member of the Sacred Heart Altar Society in Mound City.

Her life centered around her family. She loved dancing, crafting, gardening and sharing information about her Irish heritage. She was also well known for always having on her make-up and jewelry and having a shoe collection Emelda Marcos would envy.

Following Bill's death, she moved to Manhattan, Kan., where she became the house mother for Theta Xi at K-State Fraternity. Her "boys" loved her and she had a great time running the house and nurturing and guiding these fine young men.

On June 12, 1976, she married Robert J. "Bob" Keazer of Marion, Kan. Many of her "boys" from K-State came to support her and be sure Bob was an acceptable husband.

They lived in Marion for a short time before moving back to Prescott.

They enjoyed traveling and spending time with the family. Bob preceded her in death on Sept. 29, 1993.

Kathryn moved to Fort Scott in 1999 where she became a Mercy Hospital volunteer and was a member of Mary Queen of Angels Catholic Church.

She is survived by her daughters and their husbands; Peggy and Don Cummings, Fort Scott, Marita and Louie Stambaugh, Lumberton, Texas, and Lori and Bob Campbell, Lenexa, Kan., nine grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

She will be greatly missed by her extended family and many friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her only son William J. "Billy Joe" Rose, her siblings; Mary Gorman Horner, Francis Gorman, Marcella Gorman Baker and Joseph A. Gorman.

Father Darrin May will conduct the Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 26, at Mary Queen of Angels Catholic Church, Fort Scott. Burial will follow in St. Michael's Cemetery, Fulton, Kan. The Rosary will be recited at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday evening followed by visitation in the Cheney Witt Chapel.

Memorials are suggested to either the St. Mary's Catholic School or St. Michael's Cemetery and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, P.O. Box 347, 201 S. Main, Fort Scott, Kan.

Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at cheneywitt.com.