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Kathryn Ann Stephens

January 17, 1940 — August 17, 2023



Kathryn Ann Stephens passed away peacefully after a 12 year battle with Alzheimers, with her family by her side on August 17, 2023, in Independence, Missouri. She was born on January 17, 1940, in Des Moines, Iowa, to proud parents Joseph and Helen (Quirk) DeGan.

Growing up in Iowa, Kathryn had a warmhearted and nurturing spirit from an early age. She graduated from Southeast High School with a solid foundation for her future endeavors as a caretaker and family-oriented individual.

Kathryn's life revolved around her role as a homemaker, where she poured endless love and care into her six children. Her devotion to creating a loving atmosphere in their home was unparalleled. Kathryn's skills in raising and nurturing her children were admired by all who knew her. Her proudest accomplishments were not tangible achievements but the lifelong bonds forged with each of them.

Kathryn held a special place in her heart for holidays, particularly Thanksgiving. She cherished the moments spent surrounded by family and friends during this joyous occasion. Additionally, she found great happiness in the annual trips she took to Iowa to visit relatives. These visits were filled with laughter and stories that created lasting memories for everyone involved.

In her free time, Kathryn found solace in various hobbies and interests. She had a knack for crochet work that resulted in beautiful creations. She poured love into every stitch. Kathryn also enjoyed coloring and crafting as avenues of self-expression and relaxation.

A kind-hearted and loving individual by nature, Kathryn touched the lives of many through genuine acts of compassion. Her warm smile could brighten even the darkest days, bringing comfort to those around her. Kathryn's generosity knew no bounds; she would go above and beyond to help those in need without hesitation. Her actions have left an indelible impact on all fortunate enough to have known her.

Kathryn experienced great pride and joy as a longstanding member of the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority. She formed lasting friendships through her involvement and cherished the camaraderie shared with her fellow sorority sisters. The bonds formed during this time were treasured by Kathryn and brought her immeasurable happiness.

Kathryn is survived by her devoted children: James Head (Rita), Chris Head, Dianna Holman (William), Brenda Wilson (Jeff), DeDe Walker (Chris), David White (Kristi) and Kathryn's legacy extends further through the lives of her fourteen grandchildren and twenty great-grandchildren and brother: John DeGan (Frankie)

She is preceded in death by her parents: Joseph and Helen DeGan: beloved husband of 34yrs, James Stephens and brothers, Steve DeGan and Jimmy DeGan.

As we bid farewell to a remarkable woman who touched countless lives during her time on earth, let us find solace in knowing that Kathryn has left behind a legacy of love and compassion that will live on through all those she loved.

A memorial service will be held at 12pm on Wednesday, August 23rd at First Baptist Church of Blue Springs with a celebration of life to follow. (4500 Little Blue Pkwy, Independence, Mo. 64057 816-229-9335) The family requests that you wear shades of purple in honor of Kathryn’s battle with Alzheimers.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations be made to the Alzheimers Association, an organization close to Kathryn's heart.

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Service Schedule

Past Services

Celebration of Life

Wednesday, August 23, 2023

12:00 - 1:00 pm (Central time)

First Baptist Church of Blue Springs

4500 Little Blue Pkwy, Independence, MO 64057

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