Hester “Pat” Sportsman, passed away peacefully October 30, 2019, at her daughter and son-in-law’s home in Kansas City, MO. She had been ill for quite some time.
Funeral services will be Wednesday, November 6, 2019, at 2:30 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church in Brookfield with Pastor Joel Kidwell and Pastor Mike White officiating. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery in Brookfield. Visitation will be Tuesday, November 5, 2019, from 6:00 until 8:00 in the evening at Wright Funeral Home in Brookfield.
Memorials to the American Diabetes Association or the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation may be left at or mailed to Wright Funeral Home, P.O. Box 496, Brookfield, MO 64628.
Pat was born June 30, 1927 at Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, MO. She had fond memories of her childhood in Cowgill, MO and told stories about it often.
At a very early age she moved to Kansas City where she stayed with family and worked at Kresgi’s, and a luggage factory. During her life she moved many more times then she liked and ended up in Brookfield, MO in 1957. She lived in Brookfield until she became ill and moved to Kansas City in 2015.
Pat worked at Stanbury Uniforms for 40 years until Macular Degeneration took her sight. She really loved her years there and the friends she made.
Her family was everything to her and she was the glue that held them together. She cooked dinners for all of her family until she was about 88. Her fried chicken was the best. Pat was a very giving person, completely unselfish. There was nothing she couldn’t do and never asked for help until she got older and had to ask. She was a strong, good, loving woman.
When she was younger, she loved to dance. Most of the time her two younger daughters were her dance partners.
Pat was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Brookfield.
She was preceded in death by her parents Roxie and Tinsley Newton and her sister Ruth Kanebly. She also lost her first husband, Burnes Bailey at a very early age and her beloved Phillip Sportsman, many aunts and uncles, and cousins.
Pat is survived by her daughters, Norma Silkwood of Versailles, Vicky Willis and husband, John of Kansas City, Christi Davolt of Brookfield, and her step daughter, Jayne Sportsman, Roeland Park, Kansas; eight grandchildren, Jeff Burns, Rodney Burns and wife, Jennifer, Kelly Hamphire and husband, Brad, Jared Silkwood, Micah Silkwood and wife, Shallin, Eric Davolt and wife, Shannon, Tania Mura and husband, Cristian, and Jennifer Sportsman; 19 great-grandchilden, Emily, Lucas, Trevon, Alex Annable and husband, Andrew, Michela, Gabriel, Nadia, Izaq, London, Micah, Boston, Breanna, Marisa, Hunter, Gavin, Logan, Daphni and step great-grandchildren, Shelby and Lyndsey Bennett; 4 great-great grandchildren, Krymzon, Seger, Maddox, Briar and soon to be, Austin Annable.
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American Diabetes Association
Crohn's and Colitis Foundation