Katherine C. Nunnelly

KANSAS CITY, MO. — Katherine Colleen Nunnelly, 63, of Kansas City, Missouri, passed away Sept. 29, 2011, with family at her side. Colleen was born April 12, 1948, in Schenectady, N.Y., to Howard Davault and Emily Louise Cardwell Nunnelly. She grew up in bucolic New Florence, Mo.

Colleen graduated from Montgomery County R-2 High School and the University of Missouri, Phi Beta Kappa. She served two years in the Teacher Corps. Colleen was a member of the first class of Antioch Law School, where she graduated with a Doctorate of Jurisprudence in 1975. The Legal Aid Society of Western Missouri employed Colleen until 1984. She was then hired as managing attorney for UAW Legal Services for three offices in the Kansas City area. Colleen retired in May of 2010.

She served on the Board of Directors of Unicorn Theater, volunteered as an instructor for English as a Second Language, and served as Missouri State Chairman for the National Organization of Bankruptcy Attorneys.

Colleen had a deep appreciation for the natural calm of Lovell, Maine, where she vacationed almost every summer since law school. She bought a cabin there in 1987.

She is survived by her mother, her two sisters, Cherie Bledsoe-Sutton and Robin Nunnelly; several nieces and nephews; three great-nieces and a great-nephew.

Her memorial will be on Saturday, Oct. 29. Visitation is at 3:30 p.m. and memorial services are at 4:30 p.m. at New Florence United Methodist Church, 209 West Mortimer St., New Florence, Mo.

Memorial contributions are welcomed at: Legal Aid of Western Missouri Endowment, whose mission, providing legal representation to those unable to afford it, Colleen strongly believed in, at 1125 Grand Blvd., #1900, Kansas City, MO 64106; Colleen’s hometown church, New Florence United Methodist Church, PO Box 15, New Florence, MO 63363; The Greater Lovell Land Trust, which seeks to preserve the beauty and peace of Lovell, Maine, which Colleen loved so much, PO Box 181, Center Lovell, ME 04016.

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