Kathlene Amelia Hawkins, 41, passed away April 8, 2018 in Rome, Italy. She was born March 18, 1977 in Kansas City, Missouri to Franklin and Willene Agee Hawkins. Kathlene grew up in Kansas City, Kansas and graduated from Sumner Academy in 1995.
After high school she attended Kansas City Kansas Community College where she acquired her Associates degree in 1997. Upon graduation she attended the University of Missouri Kansas City where she acquired her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology. Continuing her education, she went on to graduate from Wichita State University achieving a Master’s Degree in Sports Administration. During high school and college, she worked various retail positions. Upon graduation from WSU she began working at the University of Missouri Kansas City, Pharmacy School where her duties were to assign pharmacists in their practicum. She developed a desire to travel. She did a tour to Italy and she fell in love with Italy to the point that she wanted to live there year-round. Thereafter she returned to Italy for 2-3 months every year for the past five years. This year she left on March 28 with the plan to return back home to Kansas City on May 31.
She was involved in many activities. She played violin in high school and college and also with the Kansas City Youth Symphony. Kathlene was a lifelong member of St. Peter where she played in the church orchestra, served on the Junior usher board and sang in in the children’s choir. As an adult she continued as a member of the usher board, the Youth and Young Adult ministry and the Lay Council. In the wider community she was the national secretary for Phi Lambda Sigma, a pharmacy leadership society. At the time of her death she was working for Achieve Test Prep as an adviser for nursing students and audited classes for quality. She also worked part time for JC Penney’s. Her work ethic was such that she always had several jobs which allowed her to live her dream of traveling primarily to Italy but other European countries as well. She doted on her two nieces encouraging them in every way possible. She began funding a college fund for each of them when they were born. When Bailey turned ten, they took a trip to New York City and Sydney would have had a special trip too when she turned ten.
Kathlene was preceded in death by her grandparents, William E. (Mae) Hawkins; and Earl (Florence) Allen; her uncle, Richard Agee; and grandfather, Wilson Agee.
She is survived by her parents, Franklin and Willene Hawkins; her brother, William A. (Dusty) Hawkins; and her two nieces, Bailey and Sydney Hawkins; aunts; uncles; other relatives; and friends.