Katheryne Louise Gifford passed away on January 30, 2015. She was born on February 14, 1926 in Bazine, Kansas to Edward and Virginia Uffman. Katheryne is survived by her sons, Paul (Toni) of St. Petersburg, FL and Ralph (Marsha) of Columbia, MO, daughter Marilyn (John) of San Diego, CA, eight grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.
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By 1928, the Uffman family had moved to Sedalia, MO where Katheryne spent her formative years. She graduated from Smith Cotton High School on May 20, 1943 and was the valedictorian of her class. In that same year, she met and married Paul Virgil Gifford, a U.S. Army Air Corpsman stationed at the air base near Sedalia. They moved to Boonville, MO in 1947 when her husband began his career with National Life and Accident Insurance Company. In 1969, they moved to Independence, KS to further pursue Paul's career.
Paul and Katheryne enjoyed water related activities and had a second home on Grand Lake near Grove, OK for many years and then moved there to embark on retirement together. Katheryne enjoyed fishing and swimming from their dock for relaxation. For many years they escaped midwest winters and traveled to South Padre Island, TX and Florida. In 2007, they relocated to St. Petersburg, FL to become full time residents.
Katheryne was a member of United Methodist Women wherever she lived. She also contributed her time to many charitable organizations. She served as a 'Pink Lady' for the Independence Mercy Hospital Auxiliary where she worked in the snack bar and delivered patient mail. She also volunteered generously for several other organizations including SCORE, Camp Bandage, and
A celebration of life will be held Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 1 pm in the Sanctuary of the First United Methodist Church, 1005 Leisure Road, Grove, OK. A reception provided by the United Methodist Women will follow the service in Fellowship Hall. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are requested to the
or a related charity.
Published in Boonville Daily News from Mar. 20 to Mar. 27, 2015