Celebration of Life Services for Katie Ellen Mallory, 87, Overland Park resident, formerly of Wakita, Oklahoma, will be held on Saturday, March 14, 2020 in the Wakita Methodist Church with Pastor Laura Glover officiating. Graveside services will follow in Wakita Cemetery under the kind guidance of the Stittsworth Funeral Service, Medford.
She was born November 4, 1932, raised and schooled in Alva, Oklahoma, and graduated High School in 1950. Her continuing education was at the Conservatory of Music, St. Louis, Missouri and Oklahoma City University. In 1955, she married Dean Mallory and they resided in Belle Plaine, Kansas. During their 40 plus working years she taught private piano lessons and Dean was associated with the Aircraft Industry. In 1997, Dean and Katie retired and moved to Wakita, Oklahoma. A wonderful community, they kept socially active. After moving to Wakita they developed a hobby of making "Sand Plum Jelly". Family and friends loved it, so they picked wild Sand Plums, made Jelly and gave many jars away as gifts. A special friend dubbed Katie "Sand Plum Jelly Queen" and Katie loved the title. In 2005 they celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary with family and friends. Dean and Katie enjoyed 64 years of marriage. After Dean passed away on January 7, 2019, Katie moved to Overland Park, Kansas, living at Brookdale. Survivors include Charla (Mallory) Houlik, and her children Hannah Houlik, Natalie( Houlik) Volz and spouse Dustin Volz and their children Vail and Miles, John Houlik and spouse Jennifer and son Jacob, Joseph Houlik and spouse Alexa, Emma (Houlik) Swope and spouse Tyler; Michelle (Mallory) Sims and her spouse Billy, and children Mallory (Sims) McGrann and her spouse Jack and their children Halley and Hunter; Morgan Sims and her spouse Liz and their daughter Drew; Aaron Sims and his spouse Angie, and their children Billie, Jessie, and Jake; Paul Mallory and his spouse Beth and their children Casey and Keaton. Instead of Flowers, the family has requested checks be made payable to Wakita Cemetery. Remembrances may be shared online at www.stittsworthfuneralservices.com.
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