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Kathleen Pafford 1943 - 2011
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OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — Kathleen Pafford, 68, died on Dec. 28, 2011. Born Aug. 4, 1943 in Great Bend, she was the daughter of Harold and Geraldine (Kienzle) Schwartz. After graduating from Great Bend High School, she received her bachelor’s degree at UCO in Edmond, Okla., and later received her master’s degree at OU in Norman, Okla. She worked as a flight attendant for Frontier Airlines and later moved to Oklahoma City where she met and married her beloved husband of 37 years, Jim Pafford. Kathy taught in the Mid-Del school system for 43 years and was passionate about her teaching, especially her work in AP, Close Up, OK Close Up, World’s Fair, and Senior Project. She was an avid gardener and her yard was always the envy of the neighborhood.
Survivors include a sister, Candy Pawlicki of Dandridge, Tenn.; a brother, Randy Schwartz of Great Bend; an aunt, Florene Blankenship of Great Bend; and a host of in-laws, nieces, nephews, and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Pafford; her parents, Harold and Geraldine Schwartz; grandparents, Karl and Millie Kienzle; one sister, Sherri Shupe; and one nephew, Jeffrey Shupe.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Great bend. Memorials are suggested to the donor’s choice in care of the funeral home. Condolences may be sent and notice viewed at

Funeral arrangements provided by    
Bryant Funeral Home*         
1425 Patton Road       
Great Bend, KS 67530
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, April 11, 2012