Kathy Darlene Burkett

Mar 3, 2020
Burkett, Kathy


Celebration of Life: 4:00 PM Saturday, March 7, 2020 at Cathedral of Faith Baptist Church in Waterloo




St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Minneapolis


     Kathy Darlene Burkett, 63, of Waterloo, died Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids of breast cancer.

     She was born July 19, 1956, in Waterloo, daughter of Ralph and DeLoris Richards Lenius. Kathy graduated from Central High School 1974 and went to Pitzie's Beauty School in Waterloo. She married Rick Lehman in 1975 at St. John's Catholic Church in Waterloo; they later divorced. She then married Oliver Brent Burkett October 15, 1981 in Las Vegas, NV; they also later divorced.

     Kathy worked as a para-educator and in food service for the Waterloo Community School District for over 10 years. She also worked for EPI, Goodwill, various retailers in Waterloo, and at Regis in Cedar Falls as a beautician for many years. She worked at Dolly's Taxis for the last seven years before retiring in 2020.

     She volunteered at Cedar Valley Hospice.

     Kathy is survived by two daughters, Chassidy Lehman of Cedar Rapids‚ and Ashley Burkett of Phoenix‚ AZ; four grandchildren, Vaneesha Williams, Jayla Morgan, Mya Morgan, and Jeremiah “JJ” Huff; a sister, Teresa (Bud) Krantz of Waterloo; a brother, Jim (Brenda) Lenius of Waterloo; and several nieces and nephews.

    She is preceded in death by her parents and a very special cousin, Mark Brodie.

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