Newman, Helen K. 1945-2019

PAOLA, Kan. Helen Katherine Kathy (Akers) Newman, of Paola, formerly of Osawatomie, Kansas, died Monday June 3, 2019, at Life Care Center of Osawatomie.

Kathy was born July 21, 1945, in Paola, the second of four children to Lawrence Edward Larry Akers and Doris Louise (Stein) Akers.

She grew up in Osawatomie and attended elementary school at St. Philip Neri and graduated from Osawatomie High School in the Class of 1963.

On June 29, 1963, she married Willis Raymond Bill Birchard they made their home in Osawatomie and they became the parents of two children. The marriage ended in divorce in 1967.

At the age of 16 Kathy got her first job. She went to work for J.C. Penneys Department store as a window dresser. Kathy later was employed at Dr.Harvilles office in Osawatomie from 1963 until 1969 as a dental assistant. In 1969 she went to work at the Osawatomie State Hospital in the medical and surgical unit as a psychiatric aide, then working in the dental clinic as a dental assistant.

Later she was certified by the state of Kansas in Topeka as a dental assistant with expanded duties and managed the dental office at the Osawatomie State Hospital. She held that position until she retired in 1993.

In 1969 she married Tom Newman in Olathe, Kansas, and they made their home in Paola, that marriage ended in divorce in 1980.

Kathy belonged to Sub Debs in high school and at one time she was the past president.

She was a member of the Altar Society in Paola and in Osawatomie.

Kathy loved music and liked to dance, she enjoyed reading and crafts, but work, home and family were the most important things to her, more than anything she loved spending time with her grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by: her parents; and her only brother, Patrick Lawrence Akers.

Kathy is survived by: her two children, Willis Gerard Bill Birchard, of Ottertail, Minnesota and Julie Ann Timblin, of Paola; two sisters, Joan E. Koup and Mary Ann Stewart, both of Osawatomie; four grandchildren, Alexandra, Zachary, Madison and Caylor; one great-grandchild, Aiden; many family members and a host of friends.

Visitation and Rosary: 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday June 8, 2019, followed by service 11 a.m. Saturday, all at St. Philip Neri Catholic Church.

Burial: Osawatomie Cemetery.

Memorial: St. Philip Neri Catholic Church of Osawatomie send c/o Eddy-Birchard Funeral Home, P. O. Box 430, Osawatomie, KS 66064. As published in the Miami County Republic.

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