Katherine (Ekholm) “Kathy” Farrell

Katherine (Ekholm) “Kathy” Farrell

Jan 3, 1951 – Feb 8, 2018

Age 67.  Passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family.  She was born to Bob and Sherry (Smith) Ekholm in St. Louis.  She graduated from Omaha Westside High School in 1969 along with her high school sweetheart and husband of 35 years (Gary).  She retired after 24 years from the Pathology Center at Methodist Hospital as a Client Service Specialist and continued as a dedicated volunteer.

Kathy was a kind, generous, happy person and a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend.  She enjoyed walking her dog, reading, cooking, spoiling her grandchildren, and being with her family.  She especially enjoyed traveling – whether it was to Hawaii, Europe, California, Montana or around Nebraska.   Throughout her cancer diagnosis, she showed strength, courage, honesty and love for family and friends.  Her infectious smile and laugh will truly be missed.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Gary Farrell. She is survived by her children, Andy Farrell (Danielle Hamon) and Sarah Hansen (Kyle); grandchildren, Will and Molly Hansen; brother, Chris Ekholm (Ann); sisters, Karen Ekholm and Kirsten Yokoi (Bobby); nephew, Alex Yokoi.

VISITATION: Monday, Feb. 12th from 5pm to 7pm at the West Center Chapel.  SERVICES: Tuesday, Feb. 13th at 11am at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 925 S. 84th St.  Memorials are suggested to Project Healing Waters or to the Open Door Mission.



  • Kathy Cohen Posted February 10, 2018 8:07 am

    My memories of Kathy go way back to grade school. Eventually, I was privileged to be Kathy’s room mate in Lincoln, NE. Oh, we had so much fun!! I don’t think I’ve met a more humble, sweet, modest, or cheerful person anywhere. I will cherish my memories of Kathy–and of course her beloved Gary–forever. I’m so sorry for your loss of her. May she rest in peace.

  • Linda Brooks (Mullenax) Posted February 10, 2018 10:44 am

    I remember Kathy so fondly. always kind always with a smile. Prayers and love and peace my friend.

  • Lisa Turner Posted February 10, 2018 11:15 am

    Lifting you all up in prayer. Lean into God and let him comfort you.
    JB, Lisa Turner & family

  • Phyllis Garrison Posted February 10, 2018 2:33 pm

    I have wonderful memories of your mother Andy. She was a lovely and caring person. She will be missed.

  • Cindy Carlson Posted February 10, 2018 7:41 pm

    I will always remember her kindness and infectious smile and laughter! What a gem!

  • Katherine Abbott Smith Posted February 11, 2018 8:24 am

    My heartfelt sympathy to the entire Farrell family. I remember Kathy, and Gary too, as a happy, wonderful couple. They were such a team! Kathy was a shy inspiration to us all. She will be missed.

  • Mike Janda Posted February 11, 2018 8:47 am

    My sincere sympathy to you and your family in your hour of sorrow.
    May God bless you and yours.
    Mike Janda

  • Marilyn Hammond Posted February 11, 2018 12:13 pm

    Andy and Sarah, I am so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. Treasure your memories of her and know that others care. My prayers are with you and your family!

  • Tish Walker-Halstead Posted February 12, 2018 8:39 am

    I met Kathy through her sister, Karen, at Church. Kathy was a very loving and caring individual. She faced her battle with cancer like a real warrior with such strength. I will miss Kathy and know the Angels welcomed her into Heaven.

  • Sue Harkness Posted February 12, 2018 12:00 pm

    So sorry for your loss! I knew Kathy though her loving sister-in-law, Lori Schmidt. I admired Kathy’s strength and her quick smile. Peace be with you all, Sue Harknesss

  • Willie, Lisa, Sophie, Olivia and Audrey Adams Posted February 13, 2018 12:07 am

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you say goodbye to your sweet mom and grandma. What a beautiful life filled with love and family Kathy lived. We will always remember her laughter and hospitality.

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