God gently gathered Kathy into His arms and took her home to rest, peacefully ending her lifelong courageous battle to live. Kathleen Lee Lampkins, 14581 Dixon Lake Trail, Plymouth, died on Friday, March 30, 2001, in Riley’s Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis. Kathy, a strong-willed, tough “little angel,” suffered a sudden illness a week ago and died at 4:15 p.m. She was only nine years old. Her enduring strength and courage, her love of life and people, touched the lives of all those who knew her. She leaves an emptiness that only love and happy memories of her too short life can fill. Kathy was born the daughter of Michael J. Lampkins and Kaye R. Manuwal Lampkins, on June 8, 1991, in Indiana University Medical Center, Indianapolis. Enrolled in the hearing impaired class at Washington Elementary School, Kathy was in Judy Newberg’s 1st grade class. Her special education teacher of three years, Pat Lancet, said “ Kathy was a vibrant young lady who loved life. She clearly demonstrated her enthusiasm as well as her love for others in everything that she did. “All who have known Kathy have been truly blessed by her presence. “Loving memories of Kathy will always be with us.” Kathy was especially fond of her speech interpreter Kiscia McCane. She was like any other little girl. She loved anything to do with “TAZ.” She held a spirited ongoing competition with her 13-year old sister, Michele, challenging her at computer games. She loved the outdoors and riding motorcycles. Kathy is survived by her parents and their friends, all of who loved her dearly: her mother, Kaye R. Lampkins and Mike Doll, Plymouth, and her father, Michael J. Lampkins and Brigitte Tholl, Hamlet. Her sister, Michele, also lives at home. Maternal grandmother, Mary Jane Manual and paternal grandparents John and Beverly Lampkins, all of Plymouth, survive as well, together with numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. This brave little girl was preceded in death by John Manuwal, her maternal grandfather and by infant brother, Samuel Wayne Lampkins and infant sister, Ann Marie Lampkins. Visitation with the family where friends will be welcomed will be from 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 3, 2001, and one hour prior services in the Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home, 1100 N. Michigan St., Plymouth and for one hour prior to services on Wednesday. Services celebrating her life will be at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 4, 2001, in the funeral home. The Rev. Charles Krieg, pastor of the Pretty Lake Trinity United Methodist Church will officiate. Burial will be in New Oakhill Cemetery, Plymouth. Memorial gifts in Kathy’s memory may be made to the Hearing Impaired Program of the Plymouth School Corporation or Riley Children’s Hospital, Indianapolis.
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