Thea Kawakami

Thea Kawakami, 60, Kansas City, Missouri passed away January 13, 2014 at home.  A visitation will be held 2:00-3:00PM, Friday, January 17, 2014 at Heartland Cremation & Burial Society, 6113 Blue Ridge Blvd, Raytown, Missouri.  Funeral services will follow at 3:00 PM.  Burial in Brooking Cemetery, Raytown, Missouri.

Thea was born November 10, 1953 in Kansas City, Missouri. She will be remembered for her faith in God and her love of her family and all of the family gatherings.  Thea was a fun loving personal who made great memories with all of the members of the family.

Thea was preceded in death by; parents, William & Anne Burkitt; brother, Kenneth Burkitt and nephew, Kelly Profitt.  Survivors include; husband of 11 years, Gerry Kawakami, of the home; son, Buddy Sullivan, McCormick, SC; daughter, Kristy Sullivan & Ronald White, Kansas City, MO; daughter & son in law, Stephanie & Shawn Maynard, Quincy, IL; sister, Georgia Profitt; brothers, Carl Burkitt, Billy Burkitt; grandchildren, Desmond, Kennady, Zachary & Dacia Sullivan, Ronell & Romeo White; step daughter & son in law, Cindy & David Wyss and children Zachary & Ashley; and many nieces and nephews. (arr. Heartland Cremation & Burial Society, 816-353-1677)

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  1. Vanessa S. on January 15, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    Kristy, I only met your Mom a few times, but she definitely made an impression with me. Her friendliness & outgoing personality made me feel as if she’s known me forever. My sincere condolences to you and your family. Much ? & peace to you, my friend.

  2. Vanessa S. on January 15, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    Sorry… that should’ve read “Much Love (heart) and Peace..”

  3. Kenneth Howell on January 15, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    Thea I wanted to say how much you meant to me & Becky we have been friends for a long time i’m glad we met when we worked at K-Mart.
    Got to see your kids grow up we have a lot of fond Memories.
    We love you and will Miss you.
    Kenny & Becky

  4. valerie on January 16, 2014 at 6:13 am

    Wow..its hard to put n mind n put urself at piece wen a luv one leaves..only GOD no y..we only can b happy cause her time is done..leaving the hellish earth is the best thing GOD has done..even though we mite think its unfair we have to remember the luv she left bhind…. Gonna miss her dearly..but we got to rememeber she at piece

  5. Adrienne Louden-Bradford on January 16, 2014 at 7:03 am

    I meet the beautiful Ms. Thea ( aka Kristys mom) when I became friends with Kristy in high school. We would go over each other’s houses and “hang out” and have great times. Our parents soon find out that our sleep overs and hanging out consisted of giggling and teenage crushes. Nevertheless Ms Thea had her eye on us. She was sweet but Kristy’s mom wasn’t a push over. We knew she loved hard and was always concerned about her children and their well being. She have great hugs and you knew she loved you.
    I know from personal experience, to lose someone is missing their physical presence, it hurts,but their memory never fads. Love those memories and preserve them . May her memory never be forgotten. Thank you Ms.Thea for your love growing up.

  6. Cindy Wyss on January 16, 2014 at 10:28 am

    Thea you will always be in my heart, my thoughts and prayers. I will truly miss our phone calls to one another. You are one sweet, kind and loving person. Thank you for being a part of my Dad’s life and my family as well. Love you always,
    Cindy Wyss and Family

  7. Chad Johnson on January 16, 2014 at 11:04 am

    Gary and Family, I’m am so sorry to hear of your loss. Thea was a super person. Always kind, thoughtful and so so positive! She will truely be missed by all that had the good fortune to have known her. Gary, I thank you and Thea for your hospitality over the years in Paola.
    Godbless to you and your family

  8. The Heavey Family on January 16, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    Thea and Family we have so many happy memories over so many years and treasure every single one of them. We will miss you very much!

  9. kristy on January 17, 2014 at 12:03 am

    Hey mama…well this truely sucks…i will miss u in so many ways…theres something about you that just sticks with people once they meet u…u were a true loving…warm…friend and mother…i have great memories…that i will cherish for the rest of my life..I will remember all the great things you taught me in life….and i know you are watching over me steph n buddy..we all know how much you ptotected us n no one could tell you anything about it….and beter not try..(you know mama lol)…i love you so much and i am so sad and heartbroken that you are gone so soon….but i know you are with god..gma gpa n everyone and u dont have to carry so many burdens anymore….Rest in paradise mama….u deserve it….

  10. dana purcell on January 17, 2014 at 12:53 am

    That was mama. She took me in at a early age as one of her own. She taught me as one of her own. She fed me as one of her own…she made sure i knew i was worth it….she taught me what WASNT worth it…that no matter how bad life seems that it will be ok. Always pick yourself up and keep it movin. i will never forget her constant reminder to always pray. You can rest now mama. You have instilled good values nd wisdom

  11. Ezell Johnson on January 17, 2014 at 9:53 am

    You we’re the one I let get away.You we’re my joy when we were together.I have so many cherished memories,so much laughter as a reminder of the caring,loving human being that you were.You we’re there anytime family or friend needed you.A soldier for the lord.The heavens opened up and embraced you.You are gone but never forgotten.Always in my heart as you are a part of me.

  12. Chaplain Edmisten & the Church at Tyger River on January 17, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    Our prayers are with Thea’s family and our hope is in her Lord and Savior who demonstrated His power over the grave by leading the way, Himself into life everlasting. The tiny book of Zephaniah is only 3 chapters and a first glance shows judgement, struggle and sorrow. But midway into the third chapter, the Lord offers hope to His own. He describes what He will do for His beloved. The image brings to mind what a mother would do for her child; showing the child off, comforting it with love and singing with joy over her child. I believe that God is doing the same with His child Thea even now.

    14 Sing, Daughter Zion;
    shout aloud, Israel!
    Be glad and rejoice with all your heart,
    Daughter Jerusalem!
    15 The Lord has taken away your punishment,
    he has turned back your enemy.
    The Lord, the King of Israel, is with you;
    never again will you fear any harm.
    16 On that day
    they will say to Jerusalem,
    “Do not fear, Zion;
    do not let your hands hang limp.
    17 The Lord your God is with you,
    the Mighty Warrior who saves.
    He will take great delight in you;
    in his love he will no longer rebuke you,
    but will rejoice over you with singing.”

  13. Needra Buckner on January 26, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    I worked with Thea at FirstGuard Healthplan and she was my friend. I loved her very much. We kept in touch even after she left. But had lost touch for a while… She called me a few weeks before her passing during a meeting while I was at work and left a message which I still have on my phone. I told myself I would call her after I got home that evening and kept forgetting… To her family, other loved ones and friends…she was as straight a shooter as they come…loyal..compassionate… I loved her so much and I am sorry for your loss… Please don’t put off telling the people you love how you feel every chance you get… Blessings to you all…

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