Kay E. Lassiter, 72, Valley Falls, died unexpectedly Saturday, June 16, 2012, at a Topeka hospital.
She was born April 4, 1940, at Topeka, the daughter of Clifford L. and Dorothea Harshbarger Coleman. She attended Central Park Grade School, Crane Junior High School, and Topeka High School, before moving to Valley Falls where she graduated from Valley Falls High School in 1958.
Kay was the Delaware Township Librarian in Valley Falls for 31 years, having begun her service in 1981. She had served on the Valley Falls School Board for many years.
She had a very strong faith, attending church weekly all of her life, most recently at Pleasant Grove Christian Church in Nortonville. She loved reading, cooking, singing, baseball, television, and keeping in touch with her friends. Kay loved her family beyond measure, especially her children and grandchildren.
Kay married Raymond A. Lassiter Dec. 5, 1959, at Valley Falls, and they spent their entire married life in the community. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Clifford Lee Coleman Jr. in infancy.
Survivors include her husband, Raymond, of the home; two sons, Lee (Rhonda) Lassiter, Topeka, and Ken (Amy) Lassiter, Ozawkie; a daughter, Janet (James) Walbert, Lenexa; a brother, William (Linda) Coleman, Valley Falls; two sisters, Denise (David) Grater, Maynard, Mass., and Janine (Chuck) Johnson, Valley Falls; six grandchildren, Bobby and Kristin Ross, Campbell Walbert, Haley Croft, and Brynne and Ivy Lassiter; and many nieces and nephews.
The funeral service was at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 20, at the Pleasant Grove Christian Church at Nortonville. Burial was at 1:30 p.m. at Mt. Hope Cemetery, 17th & Fairlawn, in Topeka.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Delaware Township Library or to Eddy Bazin PCM (Preaching Christ to the Multitudes) Ministries and sent in care of Mercer Funeral Home, PO Box 6, Valley Falls, 66088. Online condolences are available at www.mercerfuneralhomes.com.
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