Kathie Lee (Schasteen) Mellody, 60, of Gardner, Kan., passed away Oct. 30, 2011 at Kansas City Hospice House.
Kathie was born Oct. 9, 1951 in Fort Scott, Kan. to Charles “Charlie” Virgil and Mary Sue (Roberts) Schasteen. She moved to Gardner as a young child and was a 1969 graduate of Gardner High School, she also attended Johnson County Community College. She lived in Rome, N.Y. and moved back to this area in the late 70’s.
Kathie married James J. Mellody, Jr. on July 25, 1998 in Kansas City, Mo.
She was employed by the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department and an administrative assistant for Sprint for 19 years. She currently worked for the Johnson County Weatherization Program, retiring in July.
She attended the Gardner Presbyterian Church.
Kathie loved spending time with her grandchildren and nieces. She had a great sense of humor, enjoyed spending time at the local library, and from time to time enjoyed a lively board game.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Kathie is survived by her husband Jim, of the home; step-children James J Mellody, III and wife Michelle of Lee’s Summit, Mo. and Lesley Clark of Gardner; grandchildren Jenna, Aiden and Mya; brothers Charles Steven “Chuck” and wife Beth of St. Louis, Mo. and Rob Schasteen and wife Brenda of Germantown, Tenn.; and nieces Brooke and Bridget.
Memorial Service will be held at 10 a.m., Nov. 4, 2011 at Bruce Funeral Home, Gardner, (913) 856-7111. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Nov. 3, 2011 also at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Gardner Historical Museum. Condolences may be sent to www.brucefuneralhome.com.