Kathryn Ann Kirkhart, 51 of Champaign and formerly of Danville, left this world for a better place on Thursday, April 7, 2022 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. She will be cremated and a Celebration of Life will be planned for the near future.
Katie was born in Danville on November 7, 1970 to Robert and Guadalupe (Zarate) Kirkhart. She attended Danville grade schools, later earning her GED, and then attended classes at Parkland college working towards a degree in Psychology. Katie worked numerous jobs throughout the years including detasseling and housekeeping. She enjoyed roller skating, listening to music, writing poems, and drawing. She was an animal lover, especially dogs.
Katie married William James Steele Jr. in 1988, and the two had three children together, later divorcing and maintaining a great friendship. She later married John Smoot and the two divorced.
Katie leaves behind her three children: William James Steele III, Tiffany Ann Marie Steele, and Tabitha Johanna Miller; five grandchildren; her parents Robert and Guadalupe; two sisters: Geraldine Kirkhart and Debra Swider; brothers: Robert Dale (Shirley) Kirkhart Jr, Herman Kirkhart, Michael Kirkhart, Kolten Kirkhart, and Kylen Kirkhart; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins. She was a people person and leaves behind more friends than one could begin to count. Katie was preceded in death by her infant daughter Jessica Lynn Steele in 1988.
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