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Patricia Ann Kilpatric Skaggs

Patricia Skaggs, 86, of Edwardsville, Kansas, passed away peacefully August 29, 2015 at Delmar Gardens, Lenexa, Kansas, where she had resided for the last five years.

Patty was born April 28, 1929, the fifth child to Ralph Weatherford and Myrtle (Sass) Kilpatric, in Willow Springs, Missouri. Paternal grandparents were Alva Wilson and Laura Edwin (Weatherford) Kilpatric.

In 1934 Ralph and Myrtle moved to a farm across the Jacks Fork River with Patty and her soon-to-be nine siblings. All but the youngest, Lolli, attended a one-room school in Nagle, Missouri. At 15, Patty, along with a couple of her older siblings, was able to start high school in Willow Springs. In 1946 the family moved to a seven-acre parcel just outside Cabool, where she and the rest of the “clan” enrolled in Cabool schools, where she graduated in 1947. During this time Patty worked before and after school at Crossland’s Cafe on Main Street.

Upon graduation, she and her good friend, Doris Sweet, ventured away from Cabool and traveled, working their way to Seattle, Washington, and northern California and back to Cabool. Several months later, upon return to Cabool, she and her boyfriend, a local boy, Raymond Frederick Skaggs, eloped in Evening Shade, Arkansas.

To this happy couple twins were born, a lovely girl, Constance Kay, and a bouncing boy, Ronald Ray. When the twins were about a year old, in order to secure better employment, Patty and Raymond moved to Leavenworth, Kansas, and several months later they completed their family with another beautiful baby girl, Sandra Michelle (Shelley).

Patty worked many years at The Hotel Cody in downtown Leavenworth. After completing her certificate in library science she was employed several years at David Brewer Junior High. After retiring from the school, she and her sister, Shirley, owned and operated a beauty salon/square dance shop in Leavenworth. She later moved to Kansas City, Kansas, finishing her working career as a demonstrator at the Hyvee Market in Shawnee, Kansas.

Patty loved and protected her family and children, not only raising her three children but continuing to raise two of her grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Skaggs, one sister, Phyllis Noirfalise of Cabool; and two brothers, Ralph Eugene and Ronald Lee of Redding, California.

She is survived by her three children, Connie Klausen of Olathe, Kansas, Ronnie of Cheyenne, Wyoming, and Shelley Gothard of Morrison, Colorado; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two brothers, Billie Joe of Wichita, Kansas, and Jack Dean of Redding, California; four sisters, Wanda Lou of Longmont, Colorado, Shirley Joan of Springfield, Missouri, Roberta (Bobbi) of LaFeria, Texas, and Laura (Lolli) of Overland Park, Kansas; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends who all loved her dearly and to whom she says, “Goodnight, goodnight, until we meet in Paradise!”

Patty was a member of the Methodist Church of Edwardsville where she committed her life to Christ.

Cremation was under the direction of McGilley Midwest Funeral Home, Kansas City, Missouri.

A small private memorial service was held at her home in Edwardsville, Kansas, on September 27, 2015. Any donations may be made to Hospice of KC in her name

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