Stella Kathryn Sloan Cauthon was called home by God Wednesday, July 28, 2021.
Stella Kathryn Sloan Cauthon, born March 13, 1923, in rural Cooper County, the eldest daughter of Marshall I. Sloan and Stella Catherine (Dumolt) Sloan. Kathryn or Kate, as she was known to family and friends, grew-up on the family farm with her older brother, Marshall William (Marshall “Jr.”) and sisters, Margret Jean (Peg), Helen Marie and Betty Evelyn.
Kathryn attended Mt. Sinai School and later graduated from SS Peter and Paul High School in 1941. She began her working life in the office of Boonville Ice and Laundry. She later retired from Southwestern Bell Telephone.
On November 23, 1949, in the rectory of Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Boonville, Kathryn married Melvan L. Cauthon Jr. They were blessed with two children, Melvan L. III (M. L.) and Mary Kay. Kathryn and Melvan Jr. were married for 55 years until his death on June 29, 2004.
For her whole adult life Kathryn was very active and frequently volunteered in her church and community, distinguishing herself through many years of active participation in the: Altar Society, Daughters of Isabella, Cooper County Democratic Committee, Cooper County Democratic Women’s Club, Brownie Scouts, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, the American Red Cross, Telephone Pioneers of America, Communication Workers of America, Junior Farmers of America, Mt. Sinai WPFA, American Legion Post 52 Auxiliary and the VFW Post 4072 Auxiliary.
Kathryn was preceded in death by her parents and husband, her brother, Marshall Jr., his wife Jane and sisters, Helen Sloan Hoff, her husband Henry, Peg Sloan Lang, her husband Ed. She is survived by her sister, Betty Sloan Nauman and her husband Kenny of rural Bunceton, MO, and sister-in-law Eileen Sloan of Fairbault, MN. She also leaves her son and his family: M. L. Cauthon III, his wife Carol of Boonville, MO and their children, Austin and his wife Samantha of Lenexa, KS, and Jacqueline Cauthon Chenault and her husband Adam of Boonville, MO and their children, Danica, Brenton, and Sydney. Her daughter Mary Kay Swires, her husband Dennis of Boonville, MO and their blended family, Kirsten Conson of Columbia, MO, her children X’zaviaun Conson of the U. S. Army and Ke’Aundre Nichols of Columbia, MO, Jennifer Swires of Rocheport, MO, Tabitha Swires of Boonville, MO, Dennis Swires II, his wife Christy of Gilliam, MO. and Samie Swires Gerhardt, her husband Jason of Boonville, MO.
A Mass of Christian Burial for Stella Kathryn Sloan Cauthon will be, 11:00 am, Saturday, July 31, 2021, at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. Visitation is from 10:00 am to 11:00 am at the church prior to mass. Burial in the SS Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery will follow.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the SS. Peter and Paul Educational Foundation or the SS Peter and Paul Cemetery Fund.
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