KATHRYN K. “KAY” ALLISON

NOVEMBER 12, 1939 - NOVEMBER 18, 2008

OSWEGO - Kathryn K. “Kay” Allison, 69, of Oswego, died at 2:15 p.m., Tuesday, November 18, 2008, at her home.

She was born on November 12, 1939, to Joseph Ditzler “Joe” and Helen Frances (Ruttgen) Columbia, at the farm home of her late grandparents, Leo C. and Myrtle V. Ruttgen, located between Chetopa and Oswego.

During her Junior and Senior years in high school, she was a cashier for Warwick’s Grocery Store in Chetopa.  She graduated with the Chetopa High School Class of 1957.   Upon graduation, she worked for Southwestern Bell Telephone Company as a switchboard operator in Independence, Kansas.

Kay married James Belknap in 1958 and had three children.  They later divorced.

On November 6, 1981, Rev. Carol Holden united Kay and Robert D. “Bob” Allison, Jr. in marriage at Miami, Oklahoma.

Through the years, she worked as a bookkeeper for The Independent Observer in Oswego, and later, for Unified School District No. 504, as both clerk of the Board of Education and secretary to the late Superintendent, Eugene F. Burke.

She had lived most of her life in the Chetopa area, with the exception of living at Leisure Shores, on Grand Lake, for nineteen years.  Ill health forced her early retirement from the Accounting Department at Shangri-La Resort.  She and her husband, Bob, returned to Oswego on March 31, 2004, to be closer to their family.

Kay was a previous member of the Chetopa United Methodist Church, where she had been a Sunday school teacher, served on the Administrative Board, and sang in the choir.  She transferred her membership to the Mound Valley Methodist Church on July 25, 2004.  She was a Past Mother Advisor to the Rainbow for Girls, and was recognized for distinguished services by the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls and awarded a lifetime membership from The Supreme Assembly into the Grand Cross of Color in 1969.  Kay was selected one of America’s Outstanding Young Women in 1971.

She was a lifetime member of the Order of Eastern Star, Purcell Chapter #110, past Worthy Matron, Grand Teller and sang in the Grand Choir for several years.  Kay was a member of the Bryant-Sykes VFW Auxiliary No. 3399, Oswego, Kansas, and had been active in both the Leisure Shores Property Owners Association and Water System, serving as secretary/treasurer, until ill health forced her to resign.  Kay was an avid fisherman, flower gardener and enjoyed spending time with her loving family.

SURVIVORS: Husband - Robert “Bob” Allison of the home, Oswego, Mother - Helen Columbia Oswego, KS, One Son - Joe Belknap Chetopa, KS Two Daughters – Debbie (Belknap) Fouts and her husband, Dean Mound Valley, KS Kim Belknap Chetopa, KS Two Stepsons – Donnie Allison and his wife, Janie Oswego, KS Mike Allison and his wife, Susan  Parsons, KS One Stepdaughter – Kim Allison and her friend, Colon Adkins  Dennis, KS Six Grandchildren – Heather (Fouts) Duke and her husband, Chris Oswego, KS Erica (Fouts) Deweese and her husband, Roman  Independence, KS Matthew Fouts  Mound Valley, KS Josh Belknap and his wife, Ashley Parsons, KS Amanda Morillo and her husband, Jim Ft. Scott, KS B. J. Minor Oswego, KS Six Step-grandchildren – Grant Allison and his wife, Cheri   El Dorado, KS Bobbi Allison  Parsons, KS Shawn Allison and his wife, Lindsey Columbus, KS Spence Allison Parsons, KS Beth Ann (Allison) Walsh and her husband, Jacob  Gardner, KS Jeff Allison  Lenexa, KS Six Great-Grandchildren Two Step-Great-Grandchildren One Brother – Danny Columbia and his wife, Joyce Baxter Springs, KS One Sister – Evelyn Houck and her husband, Frank Grove, OK Two Sisters-in-law – Millie Stice Oswego, KS Inez Bowman Grove, OK Numerous Nieces and Nephews. She was preceded in death by her father.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, November 21, 2008, at the Mound Valley Methodist Church.  Burial will be in Oswego Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 7-8:00 p.m., Thursday, at Bath-Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Chetopa.

Memorials are suggested to the Mound Valley Methodist Church.  These may be left at or mailed to Bath-Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home, P.O. Box 346, Chetopa, KS 67336.