July 3, 1929 ~ January 16, 2017
Mary Katherine Brockleman, 87, passed away Monday, January 16, 2017, at Golden Living Center in Wellington, Kansas.
Katherine was born to Adelbert and Ona (Fent) Disney on July 3, 1929, in a farmhouse near Madison, Kansas. Katherine and her six siblings developed a strong work ethic while working on the family farm. She learned how to make delicious meals for large groups of people. Katherine made the best potato salad, fried chicken, and meringue pies. She attended Madison public schools and graduated in 1947.
After graduation, Katherine worked at a cafe in Emporia where she met her husband, Floyd. He was serving in the Air Force and home on leave. After several days of coming into the cafe, Katherine was dared to put salt in his coffee. Fortunately, Floyd thought the prank was funny and waited outside the door that afternoon to offer to escort her home. They were married on June 19, 1948, in Kansas City, Missouri. They had one daughter, Marsha.
The couple lived in both Wichita and Emporia during their marriage. One of their favorite hobbies was fishing together at Lake Kahola. Katherine assembled a variety of items in the manufacturing industry and also worked for a time at Holiday Inn. She went on to have a job in the shipping and receiving department at Wal-Mart. Katherine retired from there in 1993.
Katherine was known for her strong will, desire to help others, and her unique sense of humor. Her free time was spent keeping her mind sharp with her favorite pastimes: word searches, card games, BINGO, puzzles, games shows, and practical jokes.
Katherine was preceded in death by her parents, Adelbert and Ona Disney, husband Floyd Brockleman, son-in-law Elbert Barnes, brothers Bert Disney, Arthur Disney, Fred Disney, and sisters Doris Howard and Lula Belle Hanes.
She is survived by her daughter Marsha Barnes of Caldwell, KS, granddaughter Dana Neal and husband Lance, of Kansas City, KS, grandson David Barnes and wife Kate of Caldwell, KS, and sister Wanda Jean Brooks of Kansas City, KS. She was affectionately known as GGB by her two great grandchildren, Abigail and Megan Neal. Katherine was also a beloved aunt to many nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be given in Katherine’s honor to Rivercross Hospice and may be left in care of the mortuary or mailed to Rivercross Hospice at 800 South Main Street, Winfield, KS, 67145.
Viewing will be held at Schaeffer Mortuary in Caldwell, KS, from 8 - 5 pm on Wednesday, January 18, through Saturday, January 21, and from 1- 5 pm on Sunday, January 22. Graveside services will be held at 1 pm on Monday, January 23, at Memorial Lawn Cemetery in Emporia, KS.
Marcia & Family
Cliff and Casie... - 01/16/2017
We are truly sorry for the loss of your Mother and Grandmother. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you.
Marsha, Dana, Lance and girls
Jill Richards - 01/17/2017
Marsha, Dana, Lance and girls, and David and Kate,
Please know that my prayers are with you all. I know you will miss your mom and gram B lots. Cherish the memories, hold them close to your heart.
Love to you all. Jill and Tom Richards
Dear Marsha and Family
Neoma - 01/17/2017
I am sorry for the loss of Aunt Katherine. I will always remember her as my fun loving, pie baking, caring aunt; and so much more. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
LAVERNE CHAPMAN - 01/18/2017
So sorry to hear of your mothers passing. My thougths and prayers are with you. Mark sends his condolences also.
Marsha, Dana and Family David and Kate,
Gayle and Denni... - 01/19/2017
Sorry to hear of the loss of your mother/ Grandmother/ Great-grandmother. Sending Love, hugs and prayers of comfort to all.
Debbie Green-Barnes - 01/20/2017
She was quite the lady! I always enjoyed her greatly. My prayers, hugs, and thoughts go with each of you as you remember Mom, Grandma, and Great Grandma!