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Katherine Hart

Katherine Miner Hart

Tuesday, July 8th, 1924 - Sunday, February 2nd, 2020
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Katherine Miner Hart, Age 95 passed way on Feb. 2, 2020 at her home in Garden City. Katherine was born in Seattle, Washington on July 8, 1924 to Dr. O.W. Miner and Ruth Swift Miner. She attended Garden City Schools, graduating in 1942. She then attended Garden City Community College and the University of Colorado, graduating Cum Laude in 1946 with a degree in business administration.

She married Dean Hart, a pilot recently returned from the war, on Oct. 26, 1946 in Garden City. They were married for nearly forty eight years. Katherine and Dean had four daughters. Caverly Hart, Garden City, Julia Petersen (James) Wichita, Ruth Spiker (Terryl), Syracuse and Mary Karlin (Steve) Garden City.

Katherine worked for Henkle Drilling Company from 1967-1978. Starting in 1978 she became the Administrative Trustee and Secretary for the Finnup Foundation Trust. Under Katherine’s guidance the Finnup Foundation made many lasting contributions to Garden City. She worked actively until the age of 87 when she retired and was appointed Trustee Emeritus.

Katherine was inducted into the Garden City High School Hall of Fame in 2004. In 2018 she received the William Booth award from the Salvation Army. This is their highest award that may be conferred upon an individual for outstanding service and dedication to the community.

Katherine served on the board of many civic organizations and committees through the years, including The Salvation Army, The Finney County Historical Society and the St Catherine’s Hospital Foundation Board. Katherine was a lifetime member of the Community Congregational Church. Other memberships included Monday Club, Rotary Club, and PEO Chapter X. Katherine enjoyed golfing, gardening, playing bridge and reading. In later years she enjoyed watching her favorite show, Jeopardy.

During their marriage, Katherine and Dean pursued their interest in horses and horse racing. Katherine continued racing horses after Dean’s death in 1994 and was able to see them receive several awards for their success.

In addition to her daughters, Katherine is survived by 5 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren who loved her greatly.

She was preceded in death by two beloved sisters, Hilda Flynn and Mary Kaufman.

Katherine leaves an outstanding legacy in charitable work and a family she raised with love and understanding.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 8, 2020 at the Community Congregational Church in Garden City with Pastor Jeff Starkey and Robert DeLeon officiating. Burial will follow at Valley View Cemetery in Garden City. Friends may call from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday at Garnand Funeral Home in Garden City. The family suggests memorials given to the Community Congregational Church or to the Salvation Army, both in care of the funeral home.
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    Saturday, February 8th, 2020 | 10:30am
    Saturday, February 8th, 2020 10:30am
    Community Congregational Church
    710 N. 3rd St.
    GARDEN CITY, KS 67846
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Mary Baldwin

Posted at 09:58am
I've known Katherine Hart and her family my entire life. As they say, your life is made up of many threads and how blessed
I was to have Katherine growing up on Gillespie Street, the Community Church, Monday Club and many others. My memories of are a beautiful, rich fabric with many threads. Love to all of the Hart girls and their families.

Joyce McGaughey

Posted at 11:17pm
I first met Katharine through Dean when I went to work for the Jesse Scott Auction & Insurance Agency in the early 60's. Dean was such a wonderful person. He shared many stories with me when he was in WWII and also lots of horse stories. As I got to know Katharine, she was so outgoing, very smart and always willing to visit with me. Of course, I knew the girls as well through Tom's. Katharine was a great steward for the Finnup Trust and all of her other work on her charities. Garden City has been blessed to have had her parents, Dr. Miner & his wife, Katharine & Dean and their girls in our community . I will always think of her with a smile. My deepest sympathy for all of you and may God grant you comfort and peace. Joyce

Richard McCullough

Posted at 11:17pm
This is Rick McCullough and I used to work for Ted’s Market when I was in high school and junior college in Garden City. I remember when Mrs. Hart would come into the store she was so kind and nice to everyone. One of my favorite memories was that as she would come in and do her shopping and as she was almost done checking out all of a sudden remember she’d forgotten something and take off again through the store. If there were people waiting in line she would always apologize when she got back and we would finish checking her out. She was a very sweet lady and an asset to the Garden City community. To her family may all your wonderful memories give you much comfort through this time and the time that follows.

Norman S. Clark

Posted at 07:28pm
Katharine was a nice, determined lady who had a deep faith and was always sweet and a friend to me. She listened when I had a concern. Norman Clark

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