OBITUARY

Catherine A. Reynolds

November 22, 1955March 26, 2021

Catherine Anne Reynolds died peacefully at home on March 26, 2021, following her courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. Even while the disease took its physical toll, it never diminished her spirit.

Cathy was born in Buffalo, New York on November 22, 1955 to John Robert “Bob” Locke and Joyce Geiger Locke. As the fourth of five children, Cathy experienced frequent relocations that came with Bob’s career Air Force service—from tours of duty across the United States to cities overseas. In each new home, Cathy was open to new experiences and new friendships, while excelling both academically and athletically. Her love for travel, her sociability, and her welcoming smile remained throughout her life.

Cathy attended several schools in her early education. After graduating high school, she attended Northwest Missouri State. Following her college graduation, she began what became a long and distinguished career with the Internal Revenue Service in Kansas City. Cathy’s intelligence and management skills, along with her dedication and commitment to public service, led to increasing responsibility within the IRS. In June 2011, she was presented with the prestigious Commissioner’s Award, by the IRS Commissioner himself, in recognition of her outstanding service and leadership of the Submission Processing Consolidation project. Cathy proudly retired from the IRS in 2013.

While working at the IRS, Cathy met Joseph “Kent” Reynolds, whom she married on January 8, 1983. Cathy and Kent called Overland Park, Kansas home through 38 years of marriage, raising their two children and building a close circle of loving friends. Cathy’s home became a reflection of her spirit: the doors were always open, the hospitality was always genuine, and the welcome was always given with love. She excelled as a home chef, and took true pleasure in bringing together family and friends. Cathy was also an avid sports fan. To say she was loyal to her Jayhawks would be an understatement, but her passion extended to her hometown teams, the Royals and Chiefs.

Cathy has left her family a legacy of generosity, caring and determination. She is survived by her husband Kent, her daughter Caitlin and husband Maj. Keil Luber, USAF, her son Christopher and partner Eléna Potter, and her three grandchildren Kent Michael Luber, Caroline Anne Luber and Clara Rebecca Luber.

She is also survived by her mother Joyce Locke, siblings Susan Locke, Ellen Locke (Cliff Rot), Kevin (Jacqueline) Locke, and Steven (Rebecca) Locke, with nieces and nephews Alex, Rachelle, John, Patrick, Nicholas, Joshua, Sarah, Stuart and Evan, along with their spouses and children.

As a beloved wife, mother, “nana,” sister, and aunt, Cathy was a keystone in her family and will hold a permanent place in their hearts.

The family would like to thank the entire staff at the University of Kansas Medical Center, particularly oncologist Dr. Raed M. Al-Rajabi, for the care, treatment and support they afforded Cathy over the past two years.

Visitation will be from 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm on Monday, April 5, 2021 at the McGilley & Hoge Chapel, 8024 Santa Fe Drive, Overland Park, KS, with Memorial Remembrances at 5:30 pm. In lieu of flowers, please send donations for cancer research to the University of Kansas Cancer Center at kucancercenter.org/give.

  • FAMILY

  • Kent Reynolds, Husband
  • Caitlin Luber (Maj. Keil Luber, USAF), Daughter
  • Christopher Reynolds (Eléna Potter), Son
  • Kent Michael Luber, Grandson
  • Caroline Anne Luber, Granddaughter
  • Clara Rebecca Luber, Granddaughter
  • Joyce Locke, Mother
  • Susan Locke, Sister
  • Ellen Locke (Cliff Rot), Sister
  • Kevin Locke (Jacqueline Locke), Brother
  • Steven Locke (Rebecca Locke), Brother
  • Cathy is also survived by her nieces and nephews Alex, Rachelle, John, Patrick, Nicholas, Joshua, Sarah, Stuart and Evan, along with their spouses and children.She has left her family a legacy of generosity, caring and determination.

Services

  • Visitation

    Monday, April 5, 2021

  • Memorial Remembrances

    Monday, April 5, 2021

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Treva Lee

April 3, 2021

Sending condolences to the entire family.
As a coworker of Cathy’s I remember her for her excellent work ethics and her bright beautiful smile.
God Bless.

Gary and Cindy Marshall

April 2, 2021

Nothing quite compares to the loss of a spouse. We want you to know that we are thinking of you and your family and are here for you always. Cindy and I will always remember those past Super Bowl parties and all the wonderful food Cathy prepared. She was always a most generous host.

Fawn Collins

April 1, 2021

I remember when I first started working at IRS as a Data Entry Clerk in Data Conversion, Submission Processing; Cathy Reynolds was the Branch Chief. She was always available when employees wanted to talk. I know after we'd have conversations, I left her office more motivated than ever. I remember her always encouraging employees' to set goals and shoot for the stars.

Every time I saw Cathy, she had a smile on her face. Such a sweet soul. My prayers are with her family. May she rest in peace. The trumpets are blowing 🎺📣 🎺📣 🎺📣 and another angel has received her wings! 🧚‍♀️ 🧚‍♀️ 🧚‍♀️

Helen Wilson

April 1, 2021

My husband Bob and I shared a very close friendship with Cathy's parents, Joyce and Bob Locke. I have many fond memories of Cathy and her brothers and sisters. We were always proud of Cathy and know she will be greatly missed. Love and prayers, Helen Wilson

Thomas Alonzo

March 31, 2021

I first met Cathy, as a new manager in 1991 and she was my Branch Chief. I'm glad I got to work with her. She was always professional, friendly and very intelligent. May her memory be a blessing. My deepest condolences to Cathy's family and friends.

Carl and Nancy Melin

March 31, 2021

OUR SINCERE CONDOLENCES TO COUSIN KENT & FAMILY.

CATHY,
YOUR STRUGGLES ARE OVER, YOU FOUGHT THE GOOD FIGHT,
YOU ARE NOW ETERNALLY WITH GOD. MUCH LOVE TO YOU, MY DEAR.

CARL & NANCY MELIN
HOT SPRINGS, ARKANSAS

Judy Maude

March 31, 2021

My sincere condolences to Kent and family. Cathy and I worked together for several years in Processing Division.
I know her passing leaves a great emptiness in your hearts but knowing she is at peace and free of pain is the blessing.

Cathy Foss

March 30, 2021

I really liked Cathy as my manager, she was such a nice person. I am so very to hear of her passing. My sincere condolences to her family.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY