Long before she was a beloved wife, mother, and friend, she was the beautiful daughter of Katherine Braden Gard and Florence Twiehaus. She was born on February 23rd, 1937, as the second of three children in Independence, MO. After losing her father in a tractor accident when she was 18 months old her mother remarried Vernon Barksdale. Kathy grew up in numerous towns while her mother and precious sister Lou Ann worked various switchboards throughout Missouri. She graduated from Lowry City High School in 1955 and shortly after moved to Kansas City where she worked at Western Auto. On the 5th day of May 1956, she was united in marriage to the love of her life Les Gibbens. To this union, four children were born: Roni Dean, Steven Jon, Larry Keith, and Krista Kay. Kathy was a wonderful wife and mother, filling her days caring for her family, preparing delicious meals, cleaning, tending to the garden, and planning the next celebration. No matter what she made sure her kids had everything they needed, which included a Christian foundation. Kathy and Les were both faithful members of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Clinton, Missouri.
Kathy was the Lowry City Clerk from 1980-1990 and a faithful employee of Glasscock Enterprises from 1997-2017. Kathy and Les were a great match because they shared a love of country music, RV camping trips to Branson, and spending time with their grandkids. After losing Les at the age of 50 she continued to be as happy as possible with the support of a great family, and always found a reason to smile.
Kathy was preceded in death by her parents, her beloved husband Les, her brother Bud Twiehaus, and her stepbrothers Rolyn and Jim Barksdale.
Loved ones that will miss Kathy’s presence in their lives include sons: Roni (Rose), Steve (Kelly), and Larry (Marla) Gibbens and daughter Krista (Gary) Bollweg. She cherished her role as Mama, Grams, and Grandma, and will be dearly missed by Justin (Amy), Kyle, Landon (Melanie) Gibbens, Lindsey (Sam) Bennion, Jon (Hannah), Clint (Samantha), Tanner (Megan), Conner (Hannah) Gibbens, Ty (Kylie), Tate Bollweg, step-grandsons: Darren (Christin), Ryan Leonard, and her 15 great-grandchildren. Last but certainly not least she will be missed by her sister Lou Ann Goodnight, sister-in-law Sis (Jerry) Nichols, and her many nieces, nephews, and friends.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Lowry City Cemetery Fund in care of the Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home.
Tim and Chris Wilson saysFebruary 25, 2023 at 4:00 pm
Our condolences on your loss. Praying for you all at this time