Katherine “Katie” Ann Studebaker

Funeral services for Katherine “Katie” Ann Studebaker, 75, Lawrence will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, January 7, 2016 at First Christian Church. Interment will follow at Clinton Cemetery. She passed away Sunday, January 3, 2016 at Select Specialty Hospital in Kansas City, KS, surrounded by family and friends.

Katherine was born August 26, 1940 in Oklahoma City, OK the daughter of Larona Ann Durall and Earl Lee Calkins.

She was a graduate of Wichita East High School.

She married Paul Studebaker on July 6, 1958 at Hillside Christian Church in Wichita, KS. He survives of the home.

She retired in 2000 from USD School District #497 after 18 years.

She was an active member of First Christian Church. She was instrumental in establishing the Helping Hands Closet. Katie served as President of L.I.N.K. and remained an active board member. Throughout her life she was also involved with American Morgan Horse Association, 4-H, Girl Scouts, and Golden Apples Lunch Club.

Other survivors include daughters, Paula Meyers and husband, Joe, Lawrence, Susan Boehnke and husband, David, Overland Park, KS, Pamela Kucza and husband, Joel, Lawrence; seven grandchildren, Curtis Meyers, Daniel Meyers, Mark Kucza, Jacob Kucza, Sarah Kucza, Noah, Kucza, Matthew Boehnke; three great grandchildren, Kaiden and Kaci Jimboy, and David Meyers; and one sister, Carol Murray and husband, Ernie Doyon, Andale, KS, and one brother, Neal Calkins and wife, Pam, Moses Lake, WA. She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, John Calkins.

The family will greet friends from 4 – 6 p.m. Wednesday, January 6, 2016 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence.

Memorials may be made in her name to L.I.N.K. or to the First Christian Helping Hands and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.

8 Condolences

  1. Sherri Millsap on January 4, 2016 at 7:10 am

    Katy blessed so many of us with her presence and gave of her heart to the Church and its many ministries. We are all better people having known her. Love and prayers to her dear family and may your precious memories give you peace.

  2. Lori Myrick on January 4, 2016 at 12:24 pm

    Katie embodied faith in action. I treasured her friendship and learned much from her about service in the name of the Lord. She courageously endured so much physically the last few years, yet never lost her optimistic outlook and hope. Prayers for her family who she loved so much.

  3. Roger and Janet Ambrose on January 4, 2016 at 6:09 pm

    So sorry to hear of Katy’s passing. We always enjoyed talking wit her when we were at First Christian Church and whenever we were able to visit there. She blessed so many in so many ways. Our thoughys and prayers go out to her family. God Bless all of you.

  4. Jennifer Meuffel on January 5, 2016 at 7:17 am

    So sad to hear of Katie’s passing. I remember visiting her and Paul at their home or a horse show, with my folks. Such wonderful memories…Katie will be greatly missed.

  5. Ellyn Owen on January 5, 2016 at 5:01 pm

    My sympathies to the family–my connection is through Girl Scouting, and one who served at LINK from Trinity episcopal Church. She was kind and generous and will be missed.


  6. Fred & Linda Shirk on January 6, 2016 at 1:22 pm

    P.W, and family
    This lady is a treasure to FCC, worked on so many project here at the church. May she rest know, with no pain in her body. Prayers to all the family.

  7. Kathy Willis on January 6, 2016 at 6:19 pm

    Katie was such a dear! She had
    a kind and welcoming heart. We admired her very much. The tribute video is lovely.
    We were happy to have known her.
    Prayers for Paul and family.

  8. Gail Frevert Schuman on January 6, 2016 at 9:11 pm

    To the Studebaker family; Paul and the girls……You were the family I keep in my mind as the ones that introduced me to Lawrence, Kansas, and a new way to live my life……I will always remember Katie’s smile……..I will keep you in my thoughts forever…

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