Mt. Moriah, Newcomer and Freeman Funeral Home & Mount Moriah Cemetery South
10507 Holmes Road, Kansas City, MO
Lucy Ann Killen
21 noviembre , 1931 – 8 enero , 2020
Lucy Ann Killen, 88, of Overland Park, Kansas, died peacefully on January 8th, 2020, at Tallgrass Retirement Community surrounded by her family.
Lucy Ann Bennett Killen was born November 21, 1931 to Thomas Bert Bennett Sr. and Laura Frances Womack of Nashville, Tennessee. Lucy had one brother, Thomas Bert Bennett Jr. who resided in Nashville, Tennessee and later in Athens, Georgia.
Lucy attended Lipscomb University and Vanderbilt University, graduating with her B.A. Not long after, she met Duncan Arnold Killen while attending Hillsboro Church of Christ. They fell in love and were married in the basement of the church March 8th, 1957. They honeymooned in Panama City, Florida, and the beaches of the Gulf Coast were always a favorite vacation spot.
They were avid travelers, and loved exploring European countries, with Austria and Switzerland being particular favorites.
Lucy gave birth to three daughters: Susan, Beth, and Laura over the course of 6 years, raising the girls, cooking meals, and taking care of the household while Arnold was pursuing a career as a surgeon.
She and Arnold relocated to Kansas City in 1972 for Arnold’s work accompanied by her mother "Mema,” whom she drove everywhere and cared for.
Lucy loved her grandchildren very much and enjoyed spoiling them at every opportunity. She bought the grandchildren shoes twice a year when they were young and growing fast. The grandchildren have fond memories of being with grandma and doing her favorite thing after Arnold retired--eating out at Panera!
Lucy always had a heart for helping others. Her passions included working in the food pantry and flower ministry at the Overland Park Church of Christ as well as taking care of her friends. She loved talking and was well-suited for caring for others, as she always would look for ways to help people. She was a positive, sweet southern lady who never lost her accent even after living in Kansas City for 47 years.
Lucy is survived by her husband, Arnold; two of her daughters, Susan McKeever and husband, Kerry, and Laura Brock and husband, David; a son-in-law, Bill Shipley, his wife Beth (deceased); eleven grandchildren: Chris McKeever, Katie McKeever, Kim McKeever, David Shipley, Rachel Fisk, Ben Shipley, Beth Jones, Sara Brock, Abby Houser, Rachel Brumfield, David D. Brock; and four great-grandchildren.
Lucy has nurtured our family for many years and we will miss her very much.
A Visitation will be held Friday, January 31st from 5:00pm to 7:00pm at Mt. Moriah, Newcomer & Freeman Funeral Home at 10507 Holmes Road, Kansas City, Missouri.
Her memorial service will be Saturday, February 1st at 11:00am at Mt. Moriah, Newcomer & Freeman Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions go to the Overland Park Church of Christ Caring Ministry.
- Thomas Bert Bennett Sr., Father (deceased)
- Laura Frances Womack, Mother (deceased)
- Duncan Arnold Killen, Husband of 61 years
- Susan McKeever (Kerry), Daughter
- Laura Brock (David), Daughter
- Bill Shipley, Son-in-law
- Chris McKeever, Grandson
- Katie McKeever, Granddaughter
- Kim McKeever, Granddaughter
- David Shipley, Grandson
- Rachel Fisk, Granddaughter
- Ben Shipley, Grandson
- Beth Jones, Granddaughter
- Sara Brock, Granddaughter
- Abby Houser, Granddaughter
- Rachel Brumfield, Granddaughter
- David D. Brock, Grandson
- Beth Shipley, Bill Shipley's wife (deceased)
- Ms. Killen also leaves four great-grandchildren to cherish her memory
- Memorial Visitation viernes, 31 enero , 2020
- Memorial Services sábado, 1 febrero , 2020
Lucy Ann Killen
29 enero , 2020
Lucy was one of the First Ladies to welcome me to ladies bible class at op when our oldest son was a baby and we had just moved back to KC from Texas. I have fond memories of those times. Lucy and her mom were always so sweet to me. Steve and I were also welcomed at a dinner with the Killens and other couples. We later feel blessed in getting to know the McKeevers and Brocks. Your mom has left a great legacy of love. Treasure every memory of your wonderful family.
29 enero , 2020
When Lucy and Arnold were married I was only 14, but I remember the day as if it were yesterday. Arnold was the happiest I had ever seen him and we were laughing at a wedding gift that came in a toilet tissue box. Arnold remarked that whatever was in the box would "probably be good in the end." He and I laughed hysterically. Lucy said, "Arnold... really" and then burst out laughing. I love them both and always will.
22 enero , 2020
My sympathy and love to all of Lucy’s family. It has hurt each of you so much, as well as those of us who loved her, to see her pass so quickly but we know God had a different plan. Her life well lived, as a follower of Christ, gives peace in her passing.
Lucy’s gentle, loving, and caring spirit, along with her cute little smile will always be in my memory. I first met Lucy and her mother, Frances, in 1974 at the ladies O.P. Bible study class and our friendship developed after that meeting.
I particularly remember her encouragement to me to let her help with our daughter when our son was hospitalized (I eventually took advantage of her offer and so appreciated her kindness) plus she also encouraged me to bring her by their house anytime I needed help. A wonderful example of a loving, giving spirit!