COFFEYVILLE — Kathy Elaine Garber, 67, of Coffeyville passed away on Monday, Dec. 21, 2020, at Jane Phillips Medical Center in Bartlesville, Oklahoma.
Kathy was born on Dec. 21, 1953, in Coffeyville to William and Cora (Plummer) Benning. She grew up in Labette County and attended school at Snow Hill, Valeda, Edna and Labette County High School, where she graduated high school in 1971.
On March 22, 1974, she married the love of her life, Donald “Don” Garber in Angola. They made their home on Kathy's childhood farm east of Coffeyville, where they raised their children, Keith and Kristi.
Kathy spent her life caring for others and helping people. She worked as a social worker for the state of Kansas, at CLASS Ltd. and Davita Dialysis Center and was the owner and operator of Country Time Antiques for over 10 years. She was of the Christian faith and a member of the National Autumn Leaf (China Club).
Kathy was very active throughout her life. For a time she coached softball. She enjoyed antiques, arts and crafts and painting. She liked to camp and fish and loved the beauty of the outdoors. She took great joy in trying new things and going on new adventures. They often traveled and spent time in Arizona and other areas in the southwestern United States. Kathy had a soft spot and could be very sentimental; she also found it of high importance to carry on family traditions and passing them down to the following generations. Above all, she loved the time she spent with her kids and grandkids. Watching them play sports and games, along with family gatherings, were what she held most dear.
Those left to cherish her memory are her loving husband, Don Garber of the home; her children, Keith Garber of Kansas City, Missouri, and Kristi Ditmer and her husband, Stephen, of Topeka; grandchildren, Ryan, Corey and Nathan Ditmer; along with her cat that she loved. Kathy was preceded in death by her parents, William and Cora Benning, along with two brothers, a sister and her daughter-in-law, Julie Garber.
The service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Dearing Christian Church. Pastor Jamie Regis will officiate. Interment will follow at Union Cemetery east of Coffeyville. Friends may sign the guest register from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday at David W. Barnes Funeral Home, Coffeyville. There will be a visitation from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the church.
The family suggests memorials to the Shriners Hospitals for Children or to the Johnson Cancer Research Center in Manhattan. Contributions can be left with the funeral home or mailed in care of David W. Barnes Funeral Home, 306 N. Cline Road, Coffeyville, KS 67337.
Messages for the family can be left at www.dwbfh.com.