Kearney Elementary Playground Fund

Hattie Lee Weber, 85, died peacefully at home on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 surrounded by her family. Born on August 23, 1931, in the Kearney area, she was named for her aunt, Hattie Hall. Her parents, Frank and Pauline Reynolds, couldn’t have known how perfectly the name would fit her; Hattie means “home leader” or “one who rules the home”. Throughout her life, she enjoyed operating a business, being involved in her community and church, traveling, and participating in charitable organizations, but her greatest joy was being at home with her family, friends and animals.



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Visitation
Thursday, June 29, 2017
2151 South Jefferson
First Christian Church
Kearney, MO
4-7 p.m.

Services
Friday, June 30, 2017
2151 South Jefferson
First Christian Church
Kearney, MO
1 p.m.
Hattie Lee Weber

Hattie Lee Weber, 85, died peacefully at home on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 surrounded by her family. Born on August 23, 1931, in the Kearney area, she was named for her aunt, Hattie Hall. Her parents, Frank and Pauline Reynolds, couldn’t have known how perfectly the name would fit her; Hattie means “home leader” or “one who rules the home”. Throughout her life, she enjoyed operating a business, being involved in her community and church, traveling, and participating in charitable organizations, but her greatest joy was being at home with her family, friends and animals.

In 1938, at age 7, she met the man who would eventually establish that home with her. Rich Weber was visiting his grandparents near the farm where Hattie lived. While both were exploring the nearby countryside, they crossed paths on a bridge. Rich challenged Hattie to a foot race, which she quickly won. It was the last time he challenged her to something he wasn’t positive he could win, until he proposed in 1949. Luckily for both of them (especially Rich) his high school sweetheart said yes. They were married at the First Christian Church in Kearney on November 5, 1950.

With the birth of two daughters, Renee and Leesa, Hattie found her passion. She delighted in being a mother, and as the girls grew up and made friends, she became a “second mom” to many of them. She was loving, selfless, nurturing, encouraging, and full of fun. The Webers moved to the country in 1973, on a 13-acre tract of land with a pond.

Hattie was a member of the First Christian Church where she was appointed as its first female elder, an honor that she was deeply proud of. Rich was active in the Ararat Shrine in Kansas City, and in 1989 he was elected Potentate of that organization. He and “Lady Hattie” formed many lifelong friendships in the Shrine. Along with Rich, she was heavily involved in the planning, promoting and overseeing Kearney’s annual Jesse James Days.

After her death last week, community members, friends, and many of “her kids” shared their memories of Hattie. A few recurring comments about her were “beautiful inside and out”, “kind”, “respected” “gracious”, “adored”, “amazing woman” and “a sweet lady”. Always humble, Hattie would blush if she had heard these descriptions. If asked, she would most likely say, “I just always tried to do the right thing.” That’s exactly what she did; Hattie Weber lived a full, successful and happy life by always doing the right thing. And that was enough for her. And more than enough for the rest of us.

Services will be held at the First Christian Church, 2151 South Jefferson, Kearney, Missouri. Visitation from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 29, 2017 and the funeral service Friday, June 30, 2017 at 1 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to the Kearney Elementary Playground Fund. Donations of any amount would be greatly appreciated by Hattie and her family.

Donations

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  • Anonymous 
    • $25 
    • 40 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $30 
    • 43 mos
  • The Bill Crockett Family 
    • $100 
    • 43 mos
  • Jennifer Pearson 
    • $50 
    • 43 mos
  • Belinda Thee 
    • $50 
    • 43 mos
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Organizer and beneficiary

Kirsten Lankford Crook 
Organizer
Tulsa, OK
Renee Lawhun 
Beneficiary
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