Kelley Denise Kirkland-Hawkins

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Kelley Denise Kirkland-Hawkins

Ottawa - Kelley Denise Kirkland-Hawkins, 63, of Ottawa, Kansas, passed away peacefully in her sleep on October 5th, 2021, after a prolonged and difficult battle with dementia and breast cancer.

Kelley was born on March 8th, 1958 to Rex and Wanda Myers-Kirkland in the city of Ottawa. Kelley attended Eugene Field Grade School, Ottawa Junior High School and Ottawa High School. In high school Kelley was involved in many extracurricular school activities. They included Pep Club, National Honor Society, High Honor Roll, Dramatics Productions, Advanced Speech Class, Recorder Staff editor and Radio Club.

After Kelley graduated from Ottawa High School in 1976, she pursued a degree at Kansas State University. In 1977, Kelley left Kansas State and went to work as the news director for KOFO radio in Ottawa. Over the next 30-plus years, Kelley worked off and on at KOFO radio filling many different roles. Kelley did "on air" work as news director and with Brad Howard that included a morning show and the "country music calendar." Kelley was also employed for many years as an administrative assistant for Miller-Lee and Associates where she went on to obtain her realtors license.

In June of 1980, Kelley married Daniel Soman. During their 15 years of marriage, they had two sons, Kirk in June of 1983 and Drew in December of 1984.

Kelley's main passion was music and she loved working at the Ottawa Municipal Auditorium. Beginning in the early '80s up until 2015, Kelley worked part time there. Many of those years were in the role of House Manager. Working with her good friend Shonda Stitt-Akes, Kelley loved the challenge of bringing great musical talent to the auditorium. Due to the efforts of these two women, such acts as the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Little River Band and many, many more performers graced the OMA stage.

In 1995, she met Larry Hawkins on a blind date. Kelley and Larry went on to get married in January of 1996. Kelley and Larry have a blended family with her two children, Kirk and Drew Soman and Larry's two children, Lauren Hawkins-Freudenburg and James (J.W.) Hawkins.

Kelley's retirement in 2015 left her time to pursue her love of concert going, cross stitch and enjoying nature. Kelley and Larry traveled as much as possible, with Nashville, Tennessee being their preferred destination. During their marriage, they attended hundreds of concerts.

Kelley was predeceased by her father Rex Kirkland. She is survived by her husband Larry of the home, her mother Wanda Kirkland, sister Lisa Kirkland-Watts, brother-in-law Arlie Watts, sons Kirk and Drew, stepchildren J.W. and Lauren and mother-in law Norma Hawkins. Kelley has 10 grandchildren. They are Maddison and Brooklyn Soman, Dallas and Austyn Freudenburg, Ava, Henry and Emery Hawkins, Mia Soman and Keyton and Sydnee Fleming.

A service celebrating Kelley's life will be held on October 16th at 10:00 am at the First Christian Church, 1045 S Hickory Street in Ottawa, Kansas. Immediately following the service, there will be a visitation in the church fellowship hall. A private family graveside service date has yet to be determined. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to either the Franklin County Cancer Foundation or Prairie Paws animal shelter.

Posted online on October 12, 2021

Service Information

Visitation

First Christian Church, 1045 S Hickory, Ottawa, KS
October 16, 2021 at 11:00 AM-1:00 PM

Funeral

First Christian Church, 1045 S Hickory, Ottawa, KS
October 16, 2021 at 10:00 AM
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Kelley Denise Kirkland-Hawkins

Kelley Denise Kirkland-Hawkins

Ottawa - Kelley Denise Kirkland-Hawkins, 63, of Ottawa, Kansas, passed away peacefully in her sleep on October 5th, 2021, after a prolonged and difficult battle with dementia and breast cancer.

Kelley was born on March 8th, 1958 to Rex and Wanda Myers-Kirkland in the city of Ottawa. Kelley attended Eugene Field Grade School, Ottawa Junior High School and Ottawa High School. In high school Kelley was involved in many extracurricular school activities. They included Pep Club, National Honor Society, High Honor Roll, Dramatics Productions, Advanced Speech Class, Recorder Staff editor and Radio Club.

After Kelley graduated from Ottawa High School in 1976, she pursued a degree at Kansas State University. In 1977, Kelley left Kansas State and went to work as the news director for KOFO radio in Ottawa. Over the next 30-plus years, Kelley worked off and on at KOFO radio filling many different roles. Kelley did "on air" work as news director and with Brad Howard that included a morning show and the "country music calendar." Kelley was also employed for many years as an administrative assistant for Miller-Lee and Associates where she went on to obtain her realtors license.

In June of 1980, Kelley married Daniel Soman. During their 15 years of marriage, they had two sons, Kirk in June of 1983 and Drew in December of 1984.

Kelley's main passion was music and she loved working at the Ottawa Municipal Auditorium. Beginning in the early '80s up until 2015, Kelley worked part time there. Many of those years were in the role of House Manager. Working with her good friend Shonda Stitt-Akes, Kelley loved the challenge of bringing great musical talent to the auditorium. Due to the efforts of these two women, such acts as the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Little River Band and many, many more performers graced the OMA stage.

In 1995, she met Larry Hawkins on a blind date. Kelley and Larry went on to get married in January of 1996. Kelley and Larry have a blended family with her two children, Kirk and Drew Soman and Larry's two children, Lauren Hawkins-Freudenburg and James (J.W.) Hawkins.

Kelley's retirement in 2015 left her time to pursue her love of concert going, cross stitch and enjoying nature. Kelley and Larry traveled as much as possible, with Nashville, Tennessee being their preferred destination. During their marriage, they attended hundreds of concerts.

Kelley was predeceased by her father Rex Kirkland. She is survived by her husband Larry of the home, her mother Wanda Kirkland, sister Lisa Kirkland-Watts, brother-in-law Arlie Watts, sons Kirk and Drew, stepchildren J.W. and Lauren and mother-in law Norma Hawkins. Kelley has 10 grandchildren. They are Maddison and Brooklyn Soman, Dallas and Austyn Freudenburg, Ava, Henry and Emery Hawkins, Mia Soman and Keyton and Sydnee Fleming.

A service celebrating Kelley's life will be held on October 16th at 10:00 am at the First Christian Church, 1045 S Hickory Street in Ottawa, Kansas. Immediately following the service, there will be a visitation in the church fellowship hall. A private family graveside service date has yet to be determined. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to either the Franklin County Cancer Foundation or Prairie Paws animal shelter.

Posted online on October 12, 2021

Service Information

Visitation

First Christian Church, 1045 S Hickory, Ottawa, KS
October 16, 2021 at 11:00 AM-1:00 PM

Funeral

First Christian Church, 1045 S Hickory, Ottawa, KS
October 16, 2021 at 10:00 AM