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Kathryn Hays

January 25, 1925 — March 2, 2018

Kathryn Lorine Hays, 93, of Leawood, Kansas passed away March 2 following a short illness. Her husband of 58 years, Ted Hays, preceded her in death in 2005. A long-time resident of Merriam, Kansas, Kathryn Lorine was born January 25, 1925, in Latham, Missouri, to Stella and Harvey Hofstetter. Following graduation from Latham High School, Kathryn Lorine was awarded a scholarship to Central Missouri Teachers College in Warrensburg. After one year of college, she accepted her first teaching position at age 17, while continuing her education, eventually earning her Bachelor of Education degree. She greatly enjoyed her teaching career which began in one-room schoolhouses and continued through many years with the Shawnee Mission School District at Hickory Grove, Arrowhead, and Trailwood. She was a member of the Overland Park Christian Church.

Kathryn was very devoted to her family, and she will be missed dearly. She was preceded in death by her sisters Virginia Lee McDonald and Marjorie Faye Scovill. Kathryn Lorine is survived by her daughter Deborah Hays, son-in-law Jim Abel, grandson Ted Abel, and brother Richard Hofstetter.

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