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Katherine Florence McArthur

May 11, 1924 — September 5, 2023

Independence

 
Katherine "Kay" McArthur, a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and friend known for her great sense of humor, wit, and kind heart, passed away on September 5, 2023. She was born on May 11, 1924, in Long Island, NY and breathed her last breath in Independence, MO. Kay's indomitable spirit and unwavering dedication to serving others shaped the lives of countless individuals during her time as the Director of Services to the Blind for the World Church. In addition, Kay touched many lives through her involvement with The Laurel Club, humbly dedicating countless hours to those in need and exemplifying the values of compassion and selfless giving through her volunteer work.  

Kay had an infectious charm that made everyone she encountered feel at ease. Her warm personality and genuine interest in others ensured that she never knew a stranger, and her feisty wit and generous nature ensured that her friendships were lifelong. To know Kay was to love her. 
Her life was defined by several passions that brought her immense joy. A voracious reader with an insatiable thirst for knowledge, Kay could often be found engrossed in a captivating novel. She also possessed a sharp intellect that lent itself well to card games and puzzles, which she enjoyed playing with family and friends.  Kay also deeply loved singing, playing the organ, knitting, sewing, and crafting of all sorts. 

Traveling was another passion that filled Kay's life with adventure. She embarked on many memorable journeys across the country in her trusty camper van. From vast landscapes to charming towns, Kay reveled in experiencing new places and creating cherished memories along the way with the love of her life, her beloved husband Johnny. 

Being a resident of Independence, MO meant that Kay held a special place in her heart for the Kansas City Chiefs football team. One of her prized possessions was a Chiefs flag cross-stitched for her by her granddaughter Ashley, and Kay never missed even a pre-season game on tv if she could help it. She remained an enthusiastic fan throughout her life, cheering them on with unwavering loyalty. 

Kay McArthur is preceded in death by her loving family, including her husband John McArthur, her sons Randy McArthur and Greg McArthur, her parents Archibald "Archie" and Martha "Mattie" Hawkins, John McArthur (grandson), and a multitude of friends. She is survived by her granddaughter Ashley McArthur, grandson Kendall McArthur, daughter Dana Kinter, great-grandson John McArthur, great-granddaughter Natalie McArthur, and Carol Evans, her illegally adopted daughter. Kay's love for her family knew no bounds; she cherished every moment spent with them and instilled in them values of kindness and generosity. 

In remembrance of Kay McArthur, let us celebrate a life lived to the fullest—a life filled with laughter, compassion, and unwavering love for family and friends. Her indelible spirit will forever remain in our hearts as we fondly recall the warmth and joy she brought into our lives. As we say our final goodbye to this extraordinary woman, may we strive to live each day with the same zest for life that Kay exuded so effortlessly.
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