Kate and her family moved to Iola in 1961. She worked at H.L. Miller's and then was office manager at Columbia Metal Products for 24 years, retiring from there in 1993.
She was a member of Kappa Alpha Sorority and enjoyed her hobbies of bowling, quilting, ceramics and china painting.
She was preceded in death by her son Phil, her mother, father, five brothers and her children's father, Dale E. Emert.
Survivors include two daughters, Becky Shinn and her husband Alan, Uniontown, and Gale Ludlum of the home; two sisters, Leona of Phoenix, Ariz., and Lorene of Bartles-ville, Okla.; grandchildren Tony and Jennifer Emert, Parsons, Kevin and Diana Shinn, Uniontown, Melissa and Jason Gage, Louisburg, Kathi and Jason Yokum, Humboldt, Diana and Tony Yanez, Parsons, Chris Vernon, Eastland, Texas, Mary Jo and Allan Beiter, Lenexa, and Lawrence Yates, Houston, Texas; 20 great-grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends.
Following cremation, a celebration of life visitation will held at the Waugh-Yokum & Friskel Chapel in Iola, Thursday, Feb. 16, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Memorials are suggested to Uniontown Relay for Life. Memorial gifts may be left with the Waugh-Yokum & Friskel Memorial Chapel of Iola, which is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences for the family may be left at www.iolafuneral.com.