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McGilley & Sheil Funeral Home & Cremation Services

11924 East 47th Street, Kansas City, MO

OBITUARY

Kathy Viola Beddow

March 25, 1944June 15, 2020

Kathy V. Beddow, 76, of Independence, passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones, on Monday, June 15, 2020 at St. Luke’s Plaza.

Kathy was born March 25, 1944 in Independence to the late John and Mary K. (Ingalls) Jackson, and spent her childhood in surrounding areas like Sugar Creek, Liberty, and Kansas City. Kathy was the middle of five children, John Jackson Jr., Elizabeth aka Libby, George Jackson and Kathleen.

At the tender age of 16, Kathy met and shortly after married her first husband William T. Morrison. They were married for 25 years and had six children, William Morrison Jr., Tammie Simsheuser, John Franklin, Cyndie Morrison, Kathie Jo Davis, and Richard Morrison. Kathy loved motherhood and children, always including the kids’ friends and neighborhood kids in family outings and gatherings. While all of Kathy’s children grew up opinionated, like their father as she would tell you, they also learned from her how to be kind and compassionate to all. Years after their divorce, Bill and Kathy found each other again in friendship as she cared for him in his last years.

Beyond her six children, Kathy has 23 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren who loved and cherished their Mam Mam very much. Nothing brought Kathy more happiness than her family and she ensured that they were large family holidays and gathering that always included great family stories. Kathy also instilled in her children/grandchildren that family is so very important, it extends beyond blood, and all are welcome.

Kathy worked as a corporate supervisor for the local Cosentino’s grocery chain for more than 40 years. She started as a cashier at their first store and grew within the company to supervisor helping to open more than 20 stores in the area. Kathy loved and took great pride in her job and cherished the lifelong friends and family she made along the way.

Even in retirement, Kathy wanted to help others and share her love and compassion, so she began work at ICAN, a care facility for the intellectually challenged. This job brought Kathy great joy and fulfillment in her later years as she was truly able to help those that deserved, and again making lifelong friends along the way.

Her parents, John Elliot and Mary Kathleen (Ingalls) Jackson and her siblings, John Jackson Jr., Elizabeth Jackson, and Kathleen Jackson, Ginger “Bess” Warren (was a sister as well) preceded Kathy in death. One child, Richard Andrew Morrison and her ex-husband, William T. Morrison precede her in death as well. She was also preceded in death by one great grandson, Zander Simsheuser and one great granddaughter, Kenizie Simsheuser.

She is survived by her children, William T. Morrison, Tammie Simshuser (Edward), John Franklin Morrison (Deanna), Cyndie Morrison, and Kathie Jo Davis (Frank). Also survived by her are 23 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. She leaves many children who referred to her like a mom and children who referred to her as MAM MAM as well.

Kathy is to be cremated per her wishes and ashes buried at Mt. Moriah Cemetery. There will be a memorial gathering held in her honor on July 11, 2020 from 12-2pm at the Junior Service League, 3122 Crysler, Independence, MO 64055.

Services

11 July

Memorial Gathering

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Junior Service League

3122 Crysler
Independence, MO 64055

Memories

Kathy Viola Beddow

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Tracey Sotelo

July 2, 2020

I remember aunt Kathy coming down and visiting us and camping at the lake. I will never forget her smile and I thank her for taking care of my Saint Bernard. I love you, until we meet again, xoxo.

Savannah Lomax

July 2, 2020

Kathy was always the best to have around! I enjoyed the 3 years we worked together! She was always the loving mother in the work group and never would let anyone go without anything....always thinking about others and always talked about her family! She was the life of the party even when she went out with us! There is not a day that will go by that I will not think of her! She was always encouraging me to do better and I loved her so much! May she Rest In Peace💜🌹

Savannah Lomax

July 2, 2020

Kathy was always the best to have around! I enjoyed the 3 years we worked together! She was always the loving mother in the work group and never would let anyone go without anything....always thinking about others and always talked about her family! She was the life of the party even when she went out with us! There is not a day that will go by that I will not think of her! She was always encouraging me to do better and I loved her so much! May she Rest In Peace💜🌹

Kathleen Liggett

July 2, 2020

I have so many happy memories of “Viola”. We met in September 1955 when we bought the house next door to her. We became best friends right away. We would call each other on the phone and say, “come meet me at the back fence. “ Our houses were probably not 50’ apart. My mom would say, why don’t you just go knock on her door. Lol.

One time we tried to make fudge and it wouldn’t harden up so we cut little pieces of wax paper and rolled it up in little gobs of chocolate and thought we were so clever to have made Tootsie rolls.

There were 5 girls all the same age in our neighborhood and we took turns being friends with and mad at each other. Typical 12 year old girls. Once we went on a bike ride and made a promise that if we found anything we would share it 50/50. I found a $5 bill. We were so excited. We ended up each buying a pair of shoes. Back then, you could get 2 pairs for $5.

Another time she was riding on the back fender of my bike and said I was going to fast and I wouldn’t slow down. So she jumped off. She cried and said she broke her arm. I would not believe her, but her dad took her to the doctor and sure enough, she came home with a cast on her arm. When I spent the night at her house, we prank called the local cab company and then watched them pull up in front of her house and we had all the lights off. At the time, we thought it was so funny.

The summer after 6th grade, we played school all summer in an old chicken house in my back yard. We had lots of “students” with Viola’s little brother George and several of my little brothers and sisters , at least 6 of them and a couple of other neighborhood kids. Viola and me were the teachers and I was also the principal. It was my chicken house. Lol. We taught a couple of my little brothers to print their names and had so much fun being “teachers”.

She was my first “Best Friend”. A dear sweet girl who will live forever in my heart and memories.

Sunday Jessen

June 28, 2020

There are very few people who make a difference in your path in life. Kathy is one of those for me. When I was a young girl, she showed me that there were kind people in this world. She went out of her way for me, and my sister, in ways that she herself may not have realized had such an impact. I am grateful to have known her. I am grateful to have been a recipient of her kindness. It may sound weird, but I feel blessed to be one of the many who grieve her loss. I haven’t been a part of her life for many years, but I haven’t forgotten. Love to her entire family. I know you will miss her.

Christie Caldarella

June 28, 2020

Kathy was my best friend always there when you needed her. We had so much fun traveling and seen and did a lot of fun things together I will truly miss you until we meet again I love you ❤️. RIP my friend

ABBEY FOUNTAIN

June 26, 2020

I HAD THE PRIVILIGE OF WORKING FOR KATHY FOR MANY YEARS, SHE WAS ONE OF THE MOST COMPASSIONATE, UNDERSTANDING , DOWN TO EARTH PEOPLE I HAVE EVER KNOWN..HER SMILE WAS WELCOMING,HER LAUGHTER CONTAGIOUS, AND HER LOVE FOR PEOPLE ALWAYS SHINED THROUGH..SHE WILL BE MISSED BY EVERYONE WHO KNEW HER. HAVE A GREAT FLIGHT KATHY...ABBEY

Judy Pence

June 20, 2020

Kathy and I worked together in Brownies and Girl Scouts and our children were at each other homes daily. We lived just one house apart and shared so many things. She would always help anyone that needed it. One example of that is that after we moved I called Kathy and told her how clothes were needed for a girl in my Brownie troop and two days later her comes two boxes full !! I really think Kathy lived by one of my mom's saying--Don't worry about what you don't have and share what you do have. We have lost a great lady, but have wonderful memories and are better people for having her in our lives.

Margaret Weaver

June 20, 2020

I am so sorry to hear that Kathy has passed away. She definitely earned her angel wings. She was always and bonus mom to all of kids that grew up with her children. We always loved playing at her house. Kathy will always be remembered by the ones she touched our lives and hearts. But she will never be forgotten.

Cyndie Dorrell

June 19, 2020

Kathy was a very big part of my life! I babysat Tommy & Billy. Bill work at the garage. She was a good friend of my mother. I’m really sad to hear we’ve lost such a wonderful woman! I loved her dearly!

FROM THE FAMILY