Kathryn Ann Brant of Rippey

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Services for Kathryn Ann Brant were held at 1 p.m. Thursday, July 16 at Hastings Funeral Home in Perry. Visitation was held after 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 15, with family present from 6-8 p.m. at Hastings Funeral Home.

Rev. Joy Maberry of Hope Church of the Nazarene in Ankeny provided words of comfort. Casket bearers were Eric Brant Ralph Jester, Rich Lohman, Ryan Lohman, Harve Rice and Alan Borgeson. Recorded music was “I’ll Be Seeing You,” “Holes in the Floor of Heaven” and “Hard Candy Christmas.” Interment took place at the Rippey Cemetery in Rippey, Iowa. Following the service was a luncheon at the funeral home.

Kathryn “Kathy” Ann Brant passed away at the age of 65 at Mercy Medical after a long and courageous fight with pneumonia on July 13, 2015.  She gave it all she had and was surrounded by those who loved her dearly when she passed peacefully.

Kathy was born April 12, 1950, to Kenneth and Mary Cunningham at the Greene County Hospital in Jefferson, Iowa.  Kathy lived in Rippey throughout her life.

She graduated from East Greene High School in 1968.

Kathy married Kirk Brant Aug. 17, 1968, in Rippey.  They made their home in Rippey and then later moved to the farm where the family resided in a multigenerational home to raise their family with Kathy’s parents.

Kathy is survived by her husband, Kirk; son, Jamie, and his wife, Cathy, all of Rippey; daughter, Jennifer Eiteman, and companion, Jann Haglan, of Perry; grandchildren, Cole, Race and Korbyn Brant of Rippey and Dylan and Delaney Eiteman of Perry; mother, Mary Cunningham of Rippey; brother, David, and wife, Sandra, Cunningham of Perry; brothers-in-law Kenneth and wife, Nancy, of Ellsworth, Joe and wife, Kim, of Jefferson and Jon and wife, Lisa, of  Rippey; cousins, Tanna Corrigan and Harry Travarthen; niece, Joell and husband, Buddy, Herrick (Sydney and Halle) of Waukee; nephew, Danny and wife, Gina, Cunningham (Skylar and Eliza) of Perry; and a host of other family and friends.

Kathy was preceded in death by her father, Kenneth; in-laws, Don and Lois Jean Brant; brothers-in-laws, Donnie and Jay Brant; and great-nephew, Kenneth Declan Cunningham.

Kathy managed the Grand Theatre in Perry for 20 years.  Through her years at the theatre, she made many friends, and she adored the kids who worked for her over the years.

Kathy loved her animals, from her horses when she was younger to all of her kitties, dogs, birds and various other animals through the years.  Her beloved black Lab, Tango, passed away shortly before she did.

Kathy loved her family and enjoyed spending summer days by the pool with the kids and grandkids or a cold winter night snuggled by the fire watching a movie.  Kathy was a devoted grandmother to all of her grandchildren.

Kirk and Kathy loved to travel and took several long road trips, visiting national parks and many states.  She also loved her movies, music, watching television and reading.

She was a beautiful soul inside and out.  We will miss her every day for the rest of our lives.

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