Kathy Rae Eskridge, 61, of Grantville, KS., formerly of Freedom, OK., Leavenworth and Atchison, KS., died Friday, January 4, 2013 at her home in rural Grantville, KS. She was born May 26, 1951 at Atchison, KS., the daughter of William Francis and Mary Frances McRea Kinney. She was a 1969 graduate of Atchison High School and was a 1978 graduate of Methodist Medical Center School of Nursing in St. Joseph, MO., earning her BSN degree in later years. She worked as a Nurse at a number of jobs, including the State facility at Ft. Supply, OK. and the most recently, the Medical Lodge in Eudora, KS. She was a member of the Atchison Community of Christ and attended the Oskaloosa United Methodist Church in Oskaloosa, KS. She was a member of the American Legion Aux unit in Freedom, OK., She was married to Mark Alan Wheat, he preceded her in death. She was then married to Raymond L. Eskridge on March 1, 1991 at Winchester, KS., he survives at the home in Grantville. Other survivors include, two son, Seth Wheat, St. Joseph, MO., Drew Wheat, Atchison, one daughter, Alethea Wheat, Atchison, one step-son, Cecil Oldham, Lenexa, KS., two step-daughters, Cheryl Allen, Topeka, Teresa Ray, Grantville, one brother, Phillip Kinney, Independence, MO., two sisters, Susan Riordan, Salina, KS., Randi Smith, Oshkosh, WI., 18 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a sister, Billie Jean Kinney and a stepson, Ronnie Eskridge, Sr.
A Memorial Service will be at 11:00 AM, Saturday, Jan. 12, at the Oskaloosa United Methodist Church. Cremation is planned. Interment will follow at the Lancaster Cemetery, Lancaster, KS. Memorials are suggested to the Atchison Community of Christ in care of Barnett family Funeral Home, P.O. Box 602, Oskaloosa, KS. 66066. www.barnettfamilyfh.com