Kathleen Ruth Mussat, 64, of Jacksonville died Saturday, December 14, 2013, at Passavant Area Hospital in Jacksonville. She was born January 2, 1949, in Monmouth, the daughter of Robert and Ruth Ameen Wade. She married Leonard Mussat on September 10, 1977, in Taylorville, and he preceded her in death on December 30, 1985.
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She is survived by one son, August "Augie" Mussat of Jacksonville; a step-daughter, Janet McDannald of Henderson, Nev.; her mother, Ruth Wade of Monmouth; two brothers, Robert (wife, Renee) Wade of Davenport, Iowa, and Bradley Wade (partner, Darren Coleman) of Candler, N.C.; one grandchild, a niece, a nephew and two great-nephews, all of whom she loved very much. She was preceded in death by her father and one brother, Jeffrey.
During her working life she had many occupations, beginning with that of stewardess, and retiring from the City of Jacksonville in 2011. Kathy continued until her passing as a newspaper carrier for the Jacksonville Journal-Courier. She had been involved with newspaper circulation and distribution since her youth. She was owner/operator of Chef Jeff's Restaurant in downtown Jacksonville, where her brother was the chef.
Kathy enjoyed her years with the Mother's volleyball group and was an avid race fan and gardener. Her home always had a lovely flower and vegetable garden. For many years she was involved in and spent many happy hours with the Heart of Jacksonville. On the morning of her death, she hosted the annual "Breakfast with Santa" event at the Elks Club. Kathy loved to cook, especially Lebanese dishes at holiday time. Kathy was a loyal and caring friend with the biggest heart imaginable to reach out and help others. Kathy will be sadly missed by her family and her many friends and acquaintances. She was a truly special person.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorials are suggested to the family. Williamson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be left to the family online at www.airsman-hires.com.
Published in Jacksonville Journal-Courier on Dec. 17, 2013