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