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Harryman, Katherine M. “Katy”

Harryman, Katherine M. “Katy”

February 5, 1926 — July 3, 2019

Katherine “Katy” Mae (Carpenter) Harryman (93 years old) went home to her Savior on July 3, 2019. She was born in Charles City, Iowa on February 5, 1926. She was the youngest of six children. She is survived by her two daughters: Donna Ozbolt and husband Ron, and Lorna Frojd and husband Ron. She adored her eight grandchildren: Rachel Slusher and husband Dave; Lydia Lunn and husband Scott; Natalie Trach and husband Jesse; Melinda Bradshaw and husband Bruce; Kimberly Logan and husband Caleb; Kevin and Andrew Frojd; and Michael Frojd and his wife Kate. She also cherished her 12 great grandchildren and eagerly looked forward to her 13th: Brianne, DonnieRoy, Connor, Deaginn, and Trinnity Slusher; Kaylee, Rylee, and Jolee Lunn; Allie, Katy, Owen, and Ronni Trach; and “Baby” Logan due in December. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews that meant so much to her. She was preceded in death by her husband, Don Rogers Harryman; her son, Mark Alan Harryman; her three brothers, Harold, Gordon, and Don Carpenter; and her two sisters, Margaret Bowman and Marian Richardson.

Katy attended Southwest Baptist College from 1944 to 1946, when it was then only a 2-year institution. These college years impacted her life with wonderful experiences and wonderful friends who remained lifelong friends to this day. Her yearbook referred to her as a “volcano of fun!” In 1946, she became reacquainted with an old friend, who unbeknownst to her at the time would become her future sister-in-law, Frances Harryman. She introduced her to her husband’s brother, Don Harryman, and their first date was a blind date. As a result, the two tied the knot on January 14, 1950. Don was the love of her life, and she was his beautiful K-K-K-Katy.

Katy went back to school when she was 39 years old receiving her Bachelor’s in Elementary Education from UMKC, and later received her Master’s from CMSU (now UCM). She taught sixth grade at Martin City Elementary School for 20 years, retiring in 1987. Katy’s most memorable experience was giving her life to Christ at the age of 12 years old, her brother Don being a key instrument in this event. She later began attending Tabernacle Baptist Church where her brothers attended, as a teenager and young single adult, being involved in various bible studies and ministries to servicemen at that time. She continued to serve the Lord throughout the entirety of her life.

In the early years of her marriage to Don, they attended and served in Michigan Avenue Baptist Church, and later joined Loma Vista Baptist Church as charter members in 1959. They were active leaders in the church and Katy taught Sunday School for nearly 70 years.

A characteristic that defined her to her family and friends was her joy, beautiful smile, and hearty laugh. She and her husband loved music, loved to sing, and loved to perform. Fun and laughter filled their home, spilling into the lives of their children and grandchildren, and brought them through many trying and difficult times. Jesus was her best friend throughout her life, and His Name was on her lips until the very end. “Jesus” was the last word whispered on her lips as she went to sleep for the last time. She was loved so very much, a beautiful woman who loved her beautiful Savior.

Visitation will be 12PM, service to follow at 1PM, Saturday, July 6 at Park Lawn, 8251 Hillcrest Rd.; burial in Memorial Park Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Kansas City Hospice House, 12000 Wornall Rd., Kansas City, MO 64145.

Service Information

Visitation will be 12PM, service to follow at 1PM, Saturday, July 6 at Park Lawn, 8251 Hillcrest Rd.; burial in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Harryman, Katherine M. “Katy”'s Guestbook

Aunt Katy was such an inspiration to me. She lived her life to the fullest and enjoyed so many good times with her family and friends! She had the best sense of humor and could always make me laugh! She loved her family so much and prayed faithfully for them every day. She was always faithful to her Lord and her church. She never let go of her hope even when going through trials like the death of her son! I will miss her so much; but I’m so happy for her because she’s healed, she’s with all her friends and family who have gone on before her, and she’s face to face with Jesus!

Susie Richardson Dusenberry

Worked with Katy for 6 years. Loved her from the first day that I met her. The most inspirational person that left a permanent desire to become like her. Her laughter, sense of humor and spirituality always seemed to bring a sense of the Lord’s presence.

Bob Ventrillo

Aunt Katy had an unusually close relationship with all her nieces & nephews. I knew that personally. Even though I lived 500 miles from her, I still felt very close to her. After Bill's death she called often to chat with me to see how I was doing. Our chats always included laughter as well as comfort. You could sense her love & care even through a phone call. She reached out to me after mom died to make it clear I still had a place to come home too. Her love for discovering new information about the family on was something she loved to discuss in some of our conversations. She wanted to make sure that the album I was making was factually correct. She gave me so much information, I would have needed a second album to contain all of it. I loved the story she shared with me about how my dad led her to the Lord in his room at 3317 Holmes St. I loved her tongue-twister story telling like the "Pea Little Thrigs" & "Paul Revides Rear"! I will miss her laughter & joy that was contagious whenever you spent time with her. I will miss eating KC barbecue at her house with her daughters & their kids. I will miss our chats about politics, family, & health issues, & of course our conversation always drifted to the return of Christ. I will miss her spiritual strength & encouragement she so openly shared. I am grateful to have been a part of her family , but I am even more grateful that we will be together for all eternity because of our common faith in the finished work of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Sally Phillips

My second mom. I love you dear Katy and will miss you everyday until we are united in Jesus for all eternity. Your faith, love, joy and laughter will be your forever legacy. Until then, keep Heaven laughing and know you changed my life and every life you ever touched for God, for good, for the better. I love you, Brad

Bradley and Phyllis Harris

Donna and Lorna you had such wonderful loving mother. What a great inspiration she was for all your family. I know her life shines bright with memories for all her family and she was welcomed by Jesus with open arms. You can take comfort in all of that and know that God comforts the brokenhearted. I personally was blessed to have her in my life as I was growing up and loved hanging out at your house right down the street. Good memories! I will be with you all in spirit during this time of loss. Keep sharing your thoughts and memories. It always seems to help me when I have lost a loved one.

Gale Pearson

Katy has been a close friend of the Swezy family for many years. We enjoyed her & Don as part of our close group at Loma Vista Baptist Church for many years. Her whole family is an example of the dedicated Christian humor, love & talent that we all enjoyed being a part of. Katy will be missed by us all, but what a celebration there will be in Heaven with all the loved ones who have gone before her. I Loved her so much!

Peggy Resz

So sorry for your loss Lorna. Be comforted in knowing that God the father is watching over you and yours at this difficult time.

Wayne & Joy Wisner

Donna and Lorna, Your Mom's service starts in 15 minutes, and I just saw the obituary. I sincerely wanted to be there. Your Mom meant so much to me, and ran so many parallels with my Mom. I'm feeling your grief today, and am deeply saddened that I missed the service. Lits if prayers and hugs to a very special family.

Debi Shoaf Schulenberg

Many memories of growing up with the your family. Loma Vista Baptist Church. Raytown South HS. Loved always when Katy sang at Church. So glad I got to visit her at Church a few months ago. Blessings to your family. Prayers

Michelle (Burton) Land

Ron and I want you to know we have been thinking of you. We send our sincere sympathy to you and your family.

Gayle Lutz

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