Kathleen Derrick

Kathleen Derrick

Monday, October 30th, 1950 - Thursday, February 14th, 2019
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Kathleen “Kathy” Derrick, 68, passed away Thursday, Feb. 14 in Liberty, Mo. The daughter of Jesse Derrick and Mary Anne (Osredker) Derrick was born and raised in Springfield, Mo, and later moved to Kansas City. She is fondly remembered as a treasured mother, a caring sister, a devoted daughter and a beloved friend.

Kathy developed a love of reading at an early age, a pastime that stayed with her throughout her life. She learned speed reading in elementary school at St. Agnes, and quickly devoured every book in the school library. Reading remained the one constant hobby throughout her life.

She also showcased exquisite skill as an artist as a child, selling her first paintings as a teenager. Kathy quickly mastered any technique at which she tried her hand, excelling as a painter, illustrator, weaver and basketmaker among other skills. She later served as an officer for the Missouri Basketweavers Guild and sold her work under the name Baskets On Main.

After graduating from Parkview High School, Kathy studied art at Southwest Missouri State University. She went to work at Southwestern Bell Telephone in 1973, serving various roles for the company and AT&T until 2001. She was among the first female installation and repair managers in the company, taking great pride in succeeding in a job normally dominated by men. She also dedicated countless hours with the AT&T Pioneers volunteer network, contributing to community events throughout the Springfield area.

Upon her retirement from the phone company, Kathy joined the Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City as permits coordinator, where she had the opportunity to work alongside her son Matthew. Working part-time allowed her to enjoy her many hobbies, which included traveling to visit her family, watching movies, reading books and creating arts and crafts.

Friends and family will remember Kathy for her compassion and generosity. She greatly valued all of the friendships built during her life, and would eagerly drop everything to help a friend in need. She strongly believed in justice and fairness, values she instilled in those around her.

Kathy was preceded in death by her mother Mary Anne (Osredker) Derrick and father Jesse Derrick and her brother-in-law Frank Floyd. She is survived by her son Matthew Derrick and Nancy Lloyd of Kansas City, Mo.; sister Carol Floyd of Springfield, Mo.; sister Karen Pentecost (Mike) of Shawnee, Kan.; brother Kevin Derrick of Arlington, Texas, sister Kristi Thaemlitz (Kevin Reed) of Houston, Texas; brother Kelly Derrick (Melissa) of Killeen, Texas; niece Megan Rolloos (Jeromy) of Springfield, Mo.; nephew Jason Pentecost of Shawnee, Kan.; and her best friend Pauli Kendrick (Ed) of Weatherby Lake, Mo.

Services for Kathy will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 23 at Herman Lohmeyer Funeral Home at 500 E. Walnut Street in Springfield. Burial will follow at noon at Resurrection Cemetery at 4528 W. Division St. in Springfield. In lieu flower, Kathy would appreciate her friends supporting Democratic candidates for public office or making a contribution to a local reading program.

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    Saturday, February 23rd, 2019 | 11:00am
    Saturday, February 23rd, 2019 11:00am
    Herman H. Lohmeyer Chapel
    500 E. Walnut Street
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    Fr. Fergus Monaghan
  • Interment

    Resurrection Cemetery
    4535 W. State Hwy EE
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Doranna Manary

Posted at 11:14pm
I worked with Kathy at Southwestern Bell in Springfield and admired her so much. She was so diversely talented and shared her skills and talents so generously. I have several handmade Christmas ornaments she made that are on my tree every year. While I lost touch with her when she moved to Kansas City, I have always thought of her, and will continue to think of her, every year when I decorate the Christmas tree.

D. Harris

Posted at 12:49pm
Dear Family, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your dear loved one and send you my sincere condolences. May you find comfort from God's word at Revelation 21:3,4 and John 5:28,29. Heartfelt prayers are with you during this difficult time.

Paula Ricketts Hocker

Posted at 11:00pm
Kathy and I became friends during high school when she attended Parkview. Our friendship continued through college and we had fun working together at the Robert Hall store in Springfield. I was privileged to have Kathy illustrate a children’s book for me which I authored for a college class assignment. She was so very talented. I have not had the opportunity to talk to Kathy for some time but have thought of her often from my Lee’s Summit residence. Rest in heavenly peace, dear friend.

Kristi Thaemlitz

Posted at 08:11pm
My sister Kathy was generous beyond measure. She helped me with so many things throughout my life. I will miss her so much.

Katie Dark Hilton

Posted at 07:28pm
Kathy and I were best friends through grade school and Parkview. We shared many interests, had fun sleepovers, were in Scouts, high school clubs, all sorts of activities together. She was so very smart, incredibly gifted at arts and crafts. I will miss her always.
A small example of her gift -- she created the Viking Log cover and inside art for our senior year at Parkview -- 1968.

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