Kathleen May Botkin, 71, Lebo: Aug. 18, 1949 – Sept. 23, 2020

LEBO, Kan. – Kathleen May “Blondie” Botkin, 71, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020 at Stormont-Vail Hospital, Topeka, Kan. She was born Aug. 18, 1949, in Osage City, Kan., the daughter of Fred and Lillian Wyrick Criqui.

She spent the first years of childhood in Melvern, Kan., before her family moved to Lebo, Kan., during her early teen years.

Kathleen was joined in marriage to David Ray Botkin Sr., Dec. 17, 1966, at Lebo Baptist Church, where she and her husband were lifelong members.

When Kathy was younger she worked at IBP, Emporia, Kan., and had worked at the Wolf Creek Nuclear Power Plant. She was later employed as a supervisor at White Glove Cleaning for 10 years. In 2006, she opened B&B Cleaning. After a few years she sold the company and retired.

Kathleen was a devoted wife, mom, grandma and great-grandma. She will live on in the hearts and memories of her loving husband, David Ray Botkin Sr., of their home; sons, David Ray Botkin Jr. and wife, Shirley, of Sevierville, Tenn., and Travis Lee Botkin and wife, Dawn, Lebo; sisters, Donna (Tony) O’Clair, Lebo, and Rose Mary (Steve) Criqui, Burlington, Kan.; brothers, Rodney (Bev) Criqui, Lebo, and Larry Criqui, Ottawa; four grandchildren, Chase Ray Botkin, Ashley Nicole Lauderdale and husband, Jessie, Alex Taylor Botkin and wife, Kallee, and Chelsea Danelle Botkin; six great-grandchildren, Kasper Ownby, Noah Ownby, Cayden Ownby, Jaxxon Botkin, Zaria Chandler and Aamerie Collins; and numerous extended family and countless dear friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Kate Wilson.

Kathleen’s wishes were to be cremated and the family will have a private service at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Lebo Baptist Church and sent in care of Jones VanArsdale Funeral Home, Box 43, Lebo, KS 66856. Condolences can be left at vanarsdalefs.com.

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