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1936 - 2014
KATHARINE A. (LONDON) GOODNOW Katharine (Kay) Goodnow, 77, passed away Saturday, July 19, 2014, at Lakeview Village in Lenexa, Kansas, surrounded by the love of her family, her friends and Crossroads Hospice. Kay was born on July 20, 1936, in Kansas City, Missouri, to the late William J. and Emily London. She attended Notre Dame de Sion High School, Baker University and the University of Missouri. Kay's seemingly endless energy and phenomenal communication skills served her brilliantly in her insurance, publishing, retail and real estate careers. She gave tirelessly of her time and talent to the Alpha Chi Omega Sorority, Daughters of the American Revolution, Johnson County Young Matrons, Shrine Ladies, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests and the Philanthropic and Educational Organization for Women. She was also an accomplished classically-trained pianist and published author. For the last several years, she was actively engaged in the Lakeview Village community; volunteering in the "What Not Shop" and the Lakeview Pantry, contributing writings to the Lakeview Journal and assisting with the 50th Anniversary Celebration. Kay was preceded in death by her brother, William J. London, Jr., who gave his life to his country in 1970 while in the service of the United States Air Force. She is survived by her loyal husband of 51 years, Weston E. Goodnow of Lakeview Village, Lenexa; her devoted sister, Allison "Peachy" Smith and partner Bob Williams of West Plains, Mo.; her daughters, Allison (Goodnow) Verman and husband Brian of Independence, Mo., and Betsy (Goodnow) Masters and husband John of Merriam, Kan., her son, Bill Goodnow, nine grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. A celebration of Kay's life will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 29, Lakeview Village, 9100 Park St. Lenexa. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory are suggested to the Child Protection Center; 3101 Broadway, Suite 750, Kansas City, MO 64111, or to Crossroads Hospice, 11150 Thompson Ave., Lenexa, KS 66219. Ever a crusader in life, our mother has waged her final battle. We mourn her passing, yet rejoice that she finally can be at peace.
Published in Kansas City Star on July 23, 2014
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