Journal Express, Knoxville, IA

September 12, 2013

Kathie Lou Hull


Knoxville — Kathie Lou Hull, age 60 of Knoxville, passed away Monday evening, Sept. 9, 2013, at the Knoxville Hospital and Clinics Emergency Room.

Kathie was born at the Mahaska County Hospital in Oskaloosa on Aug. 10, 1953, the daughter of Martin Carl and Marjorie Susanna (Dittmer) Baumgarten.  Kathie was raised in Knoxville and graduated from Knoxville High School, Class of 1971.  After high school she went to floral training in Texas.

During high school Kathie began to work for the Knoxville Greenhouse.  She worked for at the greenhouse for 15 years before she began her floral shop, “Flowers by Kathie”.  Kathie owned and operated her flower shop a few years before she began her interior decorating business. For many years Kathie painted, hung wallpaper and decorated many houses around the Knoxville area.

On Jan. 10, 1974, in Unionville, Mo., Kathie and Ronald Bruce Harvey were united in marriage.  They were blessed with two children: Russell and Amie.  Kathie and Ronald later divorced in 1987.  Kathie began dating Donald Joseph Hull.  They shared many happy years together and were married on Aug. 29, 1997.  Kathie and Don were blessed with 16 years of marriage.

Kathie was an excellent cook. She enjoyed canning and gardening.  She was a talented artist and was especially known for her faux painting techniques in interior design.  She loved her family and throughout the years her many dogs.

Kathie is survived by her husband Don Hull of Knoxville; her children: Russell Harvey of Pella and Amie (Kerry) Nichols of Knoxville; stepchildren: Billy (Dawn) Hull of Newton and Ann (Burt) Kingery of Knoxville; 13 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.  Kathie is also survived by her sisters: Elaine (Bob) L’Heureux of Estherville, Sue (Rick) Flander of Tracy and Lorie (Curt) Jager of Eddyville; one brother, Lyle (Elaine) Baumgarten of Altoona; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents Martin and Marjorie Baumgarten. 

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Friday, Sept. 13, at the Winfield Funeral Home, with Elder Bill McDonald officiating. Burial will follow services at Graceland Cemetery of Knoxville. 

A memorial has been established to Kathie’s families’ wishes.  Condolences may be sent to  The Winfield Funeral Home of Knoxville is assisting Kathie’s family with services.

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