Katherine M. Percifield, daughter of Carl ( Shorty) and Mary (Liz) Newell was born January 10th, 1928. She lived her life in the Lawrence/Leavenworth area. She was 93 years old at her passing. Funeral service will be 12pm Saturday, July 17, at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. The family will receive friends from 11am until service time.
In 1946, She married John D North. Katherine and Don North had one daughter, Patricia (Patti) Hatch. Katherine had three step daughters in her marriage to John D North, Glenda A. Channel who resides in Edwardsville Kansas, Ronda J. Juoni and Shirley E. North, both of whom proceeded her in death. Katherine leaves behind a granddaughter, Terri L. Clark, a grandson, Ronald (Jimmy) Flint, six great-grandsons, Cory Clark, Jimmy Flint, Preston Flint, Matthew Flint, Austin Flint, and Hunter Flint, a great-granddaughter, Morgan Clark, and a great-great-granddaughter, Dalis Dotie.
Katherine worked for over 50 years in the Lawrence and Leavenworth area as a hairdresser. She was owner of Cathy’s Hair Fashions. Later in life she decided to add to her profession taking care of the elderly in need as a CNA and CMA.
The last four years she spent living in Warsaw Missouri with her daughter. She enjoyed going riding, out to eat, shopping and going on picnics. Oh how she loved frog legs at her favorite Cajun restaurant in Sedalia, Missouri.
Katherine’s favorite days of the week was Sunday, Wednesdays and Thursdays when she could attend church services at Victory Temple Cowboy Church in Cross Timbers, Missouri, where she was an active member. One of Katherine’s biggest fears was finding a church that she really enjoyed and loved. She loved the old gospel hymns and over the years she watched the hymns and the church change so drastically, it became very difficult for her to be content. Katherine embraced the church family at Victory Temple, along with the hymns and preaching. There was so much love returned back to her from them. Katherine would sing periodically at the church when she felt up to it. She is definitely a jewel to the family at Victory Temple, that will always be remembered, and missed. The children would always make sure they had a conversation with her sometime before, during or after services. They loved her, and she loved them. Her desire was to work in the children’s ministry at Victory, but she was too weak and frail to get up and do the things that she wanted to do. She was a lifetime member of the VFW.
Katherine leaves behind one daughter, Patti Hatch, and a son-in-law, Leonard (Bud )Hatch of Warsaw, Missouri. A stepdaughter, Glenda Channel of Edwardsville Kansas. One brother, Ray Newell of Lawrence, Kansas. From her stepdaughters Katherine had four grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and a number of great-great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins. Family was a highlight of Katherine’s life.
In 1965, Katherine married Donald Percifield of McLouth Kansas, who became the love of her life. He proceeded her and death in 1969.
Memorials may made to the children’s room renovation & ministry at Victory Temple Cowboy Church in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, PO Box 1260, Lawrence KS 66044.