Kiah Kay Mead, 21, was called to be with her Heavenly Father on Dec. 14, at her parents’ home in Great Bend, surrounded by family. She was born Jan. 18, 1989, in Great Bend, the daughter of Vonda Halfhill and Stephen R. Mead. She lived in Great Bend with her husband Doug Freeman and two daughters, Haevyn, 3, and Nayomi, 1. She graduated from Great Bend High School in 2007, and had attended Barton Community College. She was employed at Walmart, primarily in the photo department.
Kiah loved being a mother and spending a lot of quality time raising and teaching her beautiful girls. She was an avid fisherman and enjoyed camping with friends and family.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Ethen, and her grandfather Harold Hullett.
Survivors include her husband Doug; daughters Haevyn and Nayomi; mother Vonda and stepfather Toby Halfhill, Great Bend; father Stephen R. Mead and wife Jada, Larned; three sisters, Miriah Jansonius and husband Jacob, Omaha, Neb., Zarah Baker and husband Randy, Salina, and Shelby Richardson, Hoisington; a brother, Stephen T. Mead and wife Lisa, Salina; grandparents, Kolita Hullett, Larned, Bill Pulliam and wife Elaene, Hutchinson, and Richard and Carolyn Mead, Larned; and many uncles, aunts, cousins, nephews and nieces.
A memorial service is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday at the Assembly of God Church in Great Bend, with Senior Pastor Dwight Dozier presiding. There will be no visitation or graveside service. Cremation has taken place. A private burial will take place at a later date in Larned. A light lunch will be served after the service to allow family and friends to gather and rejoice. A hog feed is scheduled later Saturday night at 5 p.m. at 1123 Mann Ave., Larned, to raise money for funeral expenses, with the public invited.
The family would like to thank the many doctors, nurses and entire staff at Via Christi Medical Center for making us feel at home the last few months. We would also like to thank all those involved in getting her home for her last days, and a big hug to Hospice, Kenya, Lynette and Keith for their steadfast and devoted care.
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Dec. 16, 2010*