Ina June Kahmke


Ina June Kahmke, 99, of Auxvasse passed away on Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021 at King’s Daughters Home in Mexico.

She was born on July 5, 1921 in Swaledale, Iowa, the daughter of the late Jessie and Mildred (Hudson) Henderson.

She was married on June 29, 1940 in Charleston, to Marvin “Joe” Kahmke, who preceded her in death on Sept. 29, 1976.

Survivors include two daughters, Judy Kondracki (Bruce) of Chesterfield, and Jean Smithee (Wilmon) of Auxvasse; grandchildren, Michael Bell, Steven and Sara Kondracki, Heather Brown (Dale), and Ashley McGlynn (Jason); great-grandchildren, Abigail, Dale Alan, Olivia, and Johnathan Brown, and Ronan and Harper McGlynn; along with one brother, Bert Henderson of Wichita, Kan.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and five brothers, Madison, Ray, Charles, Francis, and Lawrence.

Ina graduated from Perryville High School in 1939. She worked for a number of companies over the years and retired from McDonnell Douglas. A strong work ethic was one of her most valuable characteristics, as well as with being willing to take on challenges. Her children told her God put her on earth as a “born to be babysitter.” She took care of four generations of children from her younger brothers to her great-grandchildren. She has many skills such as sewing, gardening, quilting, machine knitting, and being a great cook.

She was thoughtful to other people, many times putting them ahead of herself. Family and faith were the center of her life. She will be greatly missed by her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 6, at Home Cemetery in Perryville.

Memorial donations may be made in Ina’s honor to The King’s Daughters Home.

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