M. Kathleen Noble
Mary Kathleen Noble died Thursday, March 14, 2013, at her home in Weatherby, Missouri.
She was born October 6, 1920 in Gentry County.
Katie graduated from Albany High School, then married Franklin Maurice Gibbany in 1939. They made their home and raised their two daughters, Joan and Anita in the Albany area, moving to St. Joseph when he died in 1971. She then married Donald Rex Noble in 1982. They moved to Oklahoma then to Arkansas, moving back to Weatherby, Missouri in 1994. Don died in 1998 and she returned to St. Joseph, Missouri in 2000.
Katie started working in homes at the age of fourteen doing general housework and babysitting. She was a waitress at Rheuben Ballard and Frostyís CafÈ, and later both at the Merchants and New Albany Hotels. She also worked as a clerk at Hardinís Drug and The Supply Grocery store. First out of high school she worked in the office in the courthouse selling Motor Vehicle licenses, and typed for Old American Insurance.
She was a self-taught farmer where she took in laundry, raised and dressed chickens that were delivered to homes and CafÈís. They lived in living quarters of Dr. Rose Hospital doing the cooking and cleaning for the hospital. Katie helped milk the cows, wash and bottle and deliver the milk to residences at the Madden dairy.
She was a lifelong Christian and a member of the Dorsey Christian Church. She joined the hospital auxiliary doing volunteer work at the Gentry County Hospital after it was built in 1958, later going on the pay roll and working as a nurseís aide and selling AVON on the side plus traveling to surrounding towns and sampling Pepsi Cola for the Pepsi Company on the weekends.
The last two years at the hospital she was not on their payroll as she did special duty and was paid by the patients families. She weighted grain for the government at the M.F.A. for two years, sewed caps at Stanberry at the cap factory for 2 ? years, and owned and operated two CafÈís, one on highway 169 at the Mobil Service station, and the other just off the square in the rear of the Rigney Theatre (Flamingo).
For a short length of time she was a bookkeeper at the truck stop in Elwood, Kansas, and then went to Sherwood Medical until she got on at the State Hospital, where she worked for the next ten years. She and Don owned and operated a small Convenient and Feed Store in Rose, Okalhoma, owned and operated a Gift Shoppe on Highway 65 in Harrison, Arkansas. She always wanted to be a country song singer, but never learned to play any kind of an instrument or to carry a tune. Her family would like it known that she composed this obituary herself.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Cleo Edgar Myers; parents; a grandson, Chris Caraway; and a sister, Betty Thompson.
Survivors: two daughters, Mary Joan Lynch (Lloyd), Savannah, Missouri, and Anita Margaret Caraway, Weatherby, Missouri; Rick Caraway, St. Joseph, Missouri; step-son, Rob Noble, Albany, Missouri; sister, Gertrude Steele, St. Joseph; four grandchildren: Sue, Betsy, Lisa, and Clint; two step-grandchildren, Nathan and Meagan Noble; eight great-grandchildren: Curt, Jackie, Frankie, Lindsey, Ryan, Corie, Kelsi and Kaden; great-great-grandchildren, Brett, Zach, Jackson, Maddie, Olivia Kylie and Kamrie; and beloved nieces and nephews.
Katie wished all of her friends and family to meet at her home for a Celebration of Life Saturday, March 23, 2013 from 2:00-4:00 P.M. The family suggests memorial contributions to Asera Care Hospice. The family would like to give special thanks to Katieís Asera Care Angels, Lindsey and Brook. Care provided by Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory.