Archive for Thursday, May 5, 2005

Obit: Patricia Louise Callahan

May 5, 2005

1949-2005

Olathe

After a brief struggle with cancer, Patricia Callahan of Olathe died April 28, 2005, at Olathe Medical Center, surrounded by those who loved her dearly.

Visitation was held Sunday at Amos Family Chapel, Lenexa. A Mass was held at Holy Spirit Catholic Church. Burial followed the Mass at Chapel Hill Cemetery.

Ms. Callahan is survived by a brother, Mike Callahan, and his wife, Dee; two nieces, Rhonda Callahan, Richmond, Mo.; and Tisha Howard, Memphis, Tenn.; her friends, Sandy Rabin; Gerald, Betty and Chris Batrez; Alette Feldkamp; Lynn Souther; and Becky Paffen; and her dog, Bandit.

She was born to Vincent and Evelyn Callahan on April 9, 1949. She graduated from Bishop Miege High School in 1967. She worked full-time at Southwestern Bell, then AT&T as she completed her undergraduate degree in psychology at Avila College. She went on to complete her master's degree in psychology at Avila College.

She made a difference in the lives of many substance abuse patients at SACEK Health Midwest-Research Mental Health, Cedar Ridge and SOS, all within the greater Kansas City area. As a counselor and program director, she focused on helping those in her care learn to celebrate their freedom from dependency. During her latter years she was able to utilize her tremendous energy to nurture her parents, and then her uncle, David Callahan, until their deaths.

She touched the lives of many people who considered her more a sister than friend. She was a giving, loving person. She was always a person you could count on to be there when you needed her. She had an excellent sense of humor. She was intelligent, witty, dependable, reliable and understanding, a great listener who could be counted on to hear you out and then give it to you straight and hold you accountable. Her loving heart, deep spiritual beliefs and profound sense of truth saved and reshaped lives. Her vision always exceeded expectations.

Olathe Medical Center staff and her attending physicians were a great comfort as she worked through her cancer treatment. Family members are grateful for the support they provided to her and her loved ones.

A contribution to the American Cancer Society is recommended in lieu of flowers.

Arrangements: The Amos Family Chapel of Lenexa (913) 888-6611.

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