Kathryn "Kay" A. Abell

March 12, 1934 ~ January 7, 2022 (age 87)


Kathryn Ann Abell (Kay) was born in McLean County, Illinois on March 12, 1934 to Roy and Dorothy (Sticklen) Kramer. She attended Octavia High School, then graduated from MulberryGrove High School. She married Theodore Lee Abell, Jr. (Lee) on May 15, 1952 in Greenville, IL and they were blessed with three children. The family moved to Baltimore MD in 1962. Along with creating a home and caring for her family, Kay worked outside the home as a real estate agent. The family moved to Otho IA and later after they retired, Lee and Kay moved to Branson MO where they spent many happy years.

Kay enjoyed getting together with friends, traveling with her daughters, spending time with family, and her 15 precious great-grandchildren. She was an active member of Branson United Methodist Church, serving on committees and stepping in to help in various ways in service to Christ and the church. She was also very involved with the Indian Point Women’s Club. Kay loved people. She was selfless in giving of herself and her time to others. She received great enjoyment from helping people. Her life was a witness to loving and considering others more than herself and she will be terribly missed.

Kay left her earthly body and was received into the arms of her Savior, at her home on January 7, 2022 at the age of 87.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; their son Mark Abell; and her sister Linda Wright.

Kay is survived by her daughters, Lori Freeman & husband Monty of Indianola, Iowa and Amy Anderson & husband Mike of Nixa, MO; daughter-in-law, Beverly (Abell) Cleveland & husband John Cleveland of Reeds Spring, MO; brothers, Larry Kramer & wife Sue of Flora, IL and Brian Kramer & wife MaryJo of Breese, IL; grandchildren, Erica Holland, Brandon Anderson, Haley Cayce, Callie Hopper, Jennifer Wallace, Tracey Hamilton, Kelsey Longnecker and Lindsay Swope along with 15 great-grandchildren.

Visitation for Kay will be 10:30-12 on Friday January 14, 2022 at Branson United Methodist Church, followed by funeral services at 12. Pastor Eric Derks will officiate. Services are under the direction of Snapp-Bearden Funeral Home and Crematory, Branson.

Two organizations Kay supported of which memorials may be sent to, donors choice, were the National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation & College of the Ozarks.

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January 14, 2022

10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Branson United Methodist Church
1208 W. 76 Country Blvd.
Branson, MO 65616

Funeral Service
January 14, 2022

12:00 PM
Branson United Methodist Church
1208 W. 76 Country Blvd.
Branson, MO 65616


National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation
P. O. Box 1848, Longmont CO 80502
Web: http://npcf.us

College of the Ozarks
P. O. Box 17, Point Lookout MO 65726
Web: http://cofo.edu

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