Obituary of Pauline Hart

Pauline Sue Hart, 85, of Fort Scott, Kansas, passed away Wednesday, February 14, 2024, at Freeman West Hospital, in Joplin, Missouri. She was born on October 9, 1938, in Arcadia, Kansas, the daughter of Paul Fowler Coonrod and Mildred Pauline (Davis) Coonrod.


Pauline graduated from Arcadia High School as Class Valedictorian in 1956. She later received a Master’s Degree from Pittsburg State University. She worked at many interesting jobs, with her first being at Kress’s when she was a teenager. She also worked as an operator for Bell Telephone, and for the Fort Scott Board of Education. Upon completing her degree, she went to work for Girard High School as their Media Specialist.


She joined Kenneth Hart in marriage in 1958, and they enjoyed life and traveled. Their marriage later ended in divorce. She later met Mike McKenney and they were together since 1988.


Pauline is survived by Mike McKenney, of the home; her sisters, Laura Felt and husband Ronnie, of Fort Scott, and Peggy Broad and husband Eric, of Florida; two brothers, Jerry Coonrod, of Arcadia, and Jack Coonrod and Rick Kirby, of Florida; a sister, Peggy Broad and husband Eric; brothers-in-law, Craig McKenney and wife Dana, Mark McKenney and wife Cindy, Tim McKenney and wife Deb, all of Fort Scott, and Pat McKenney and wife Kathy, of McAllister, Oklahoma; sister-in-law, Lisa Proctor and husband Keith, of Compton, Missouri, and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and an infant brother, George.


Pauline was compassionate and full of life. She had a heart for cats, and she loved to travel, read, and make jewelry. She was genuinely loved by many and will be truly missed.


Graveside services for Pauline will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 21, 2024, at the Large-Pleasant View Cemetery, under the direction of the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Care to Share, and may be left in the care of the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home, 15 W. Wall Street, P.O. Box 309, Fort Scott, Kansas, 66701. Condolences may be submitted to the online guestbook at


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