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Katherine G. "Kitty" (Gerhardt) Kenney

January 16, 1932 ~ October 16, 2018 (age 86)


Katherine (Kitty) Gerhardt Kenney, 86, of Boonville, passed away on October 16, 2018 at Lenoir Woods in Columbia following a brief illness.


Visitation will be held at Howard Funeral Home in Boonville from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, October 19. Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 20, at St. Johns United Church of Christ, 14191 Billingsville Road, Boonville, Mo. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.


 Kitty was born to Herman and Ida (Bail) Gerhardt on January 16, 1932 at the Gerhardt home in Speed.  She married Forrest Kenney on January 20, 1952. He preceded her in death on November 30, 2015.


She was a 1949 graduate of Boonville High School. Kitty’s greatest treasure was her family. She was a homemaker and was also employed at Cooper County Abstract and First Christian Church in Boonville. She was a faithful member of St. Johns United Church of Christ in Billingsville her entire life, where she was baptized, confirmed and married. She volunteered in many capacities, including Sunday school teacher, choir, and was a member and officer of the Women’s Guild.


Survivors include daughters Sharon Smith (Steve) of Columbia and Barbara Ayers (Doug) of Danville, Kentucky. She also leaves her beloved grandchildren; Sarah Smith Auer (Kris), Ryan Smith, Grant Neckermann (Kate), Andrea Smith, Kathleen Ayers and Hannah Ayers, as well as great grandchildren Jacob, Samantha and Elizabeth Auer and Ford Neckermann. Her sister, Roberta (Birdie) Kueckelhan and brother, Carl (Fritz) Gerhardt also survive. In addition to her husband, Kitty was also preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Wilma Cary, two brothers, Herman E. (Bud) Gerhardt and Albert (Jody) Gerhardt and a nephew, Bill Gerhardt. She will also be missed by her nieces, nephews, and many cousins.


Memorials are suggested to St. Johns United Church of Christ.

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