Obituary of Cathy Killion

Cathy Jean Killion, age 73, a resident of Uniontown, Kansas, passed away early Thursday, November 30, 2023, at the Medicalodge of Ft. Scott.  She was born March 22, 1950, in Ft. Scott, Kansas, the daughter of William Wayne Watkins and Edna Mae “Cricket” Kells Watkins.

Cathy graduated from the Ft. Scott High School with the Class of 1968.  Because Cathy’s dad owned and operated the ambulance service in Ft. Scott, she was naturally drawn to a career in health care.  She trained to be an emergency medical technician and also a certified nurse’s aide.  She was employed for a time with Mercy Hospital in Ft. Scott

.  She married the love of her life, John Wayne Killion on August 15, 1970, at the St. John’s United Methodist Church in Ft. Scott.  Cathy worked for a short time at Key Industries prior to the birth of her twins.  She later worked for fifteen years at Wal-Mart.  She later returned to Mercy Hospital where she worked in outpatient scheduling.  She retired from Mercy in 2010 after twenty-two years of service.  Cathy enjoyed gardening, baking and cooking.  She also taught herself how to crochet left-handed.  Since moving to the Medicalodge, Cathy enjoyed coloring, doing crafts and playing Bingo.  She was a member of the St. John’s Global Methodist Church.


Survivors include her husband, John, of the home; three children, Mike Killion (Diane) of Springfield, Missouri, Bob Killion (Mindy) of Ft. Scott, Kansas and Lori Westhoff (Ron) of Assaria, Kansas; ten grandchildren, Seth Killion, Andy Killion (Abby), Trevor Killion, Hannah Killion, Coleman Westhoff (Maggie), Carter Westhoff, Cooper Westhoff, Caitlyn Killion (Frank), Chelsea Killion and Hunter Killion; four great-grandchildren, Ember, Kaisley, John and Dominic.  Also surviving are her brother, David Watkins, Sr. (Teresa) and a brother-in-law, Tom Killion all of Ft. Scott as well as several nieces and nephews and her beloved dog, Cricket.

Cathy was preceded in death by her parents, Wayne and Cricket Watkins, her step-mother, Violet Watkins and in-laws, James and Mary Killion.


Rev. James Brackett will conduct funeral services at 10:00 A.M. Tuesday, December 5th at the Cheney Witt Chapel.

Burial will follow in the U. S. National Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 P.M. Monday at the Cheney Witt Chapel.

Memorials are suggested to the American Heart Association or to the American Cancer Society and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, P.O. Box 347, Ft. Scott, KS 66701.  Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at

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