Kathleen J. (Babb) Sluder  1958-2012

Kathy (Babb) Sluder, 53, died Wednesday, March 7, 2012, at St. Mary's Medical Center, Blue Springs, Mo.

She was born Oct. 23, 1958, in Urbana, to Kenneth W. and Henrietta J. Babb.

She attended St. Matthew Catholic Grade School, and was a 1976 graduate of Champaign Central High School.

Kathy enjoyed all sports, and was a member of the Indian Acres Swim Team and the Champaign SpeedSkating Club.

Most of her career was involved in retail. She worked for Saks 5th Avenue, as well as Louis Vuitton.

Her most recent employment was at Slim 4 Life in Lee's Summit, Mo.

She married Jeffrey H. Sluder, August 1982 and they later divorced.

Surviving are her two children, Austin and Olivia Sluder, both of Lee's Summit, Mo.

Also surviving are her sister, Barbara Babb of St. Joseph; sister-in-law, Susan Babb, (Budke) of Salina, Kan.; nephews and nieces, Tyler Babb of Golden, Colo., Kimmie Babb of Fayetteville, Ark., and Jackson and Kennedy Greer of St. Joseph.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Russell Babb.

Kathy's greatest joys were her children, whom she loved unconditionally.

"A mother holds her children's hands for a while... their hearts forever."

Kathy will be greatly missed by all and in our hearts forever.

A memorial service will be held for family and friends in Champaign at a later date.


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