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Kathryn Faye“Kathy" Mika of Rogers, Arkansas passed away Wednesday,
Kathy married Ernest G.“Mike”Mika on Nov. 25, 1953.
Kathy had no traditional hobbies or passionate interests beyond her love of spirited conversation and discussion. She was a voracious reader who read for both enjoyment and for knowledge. She was a renaissance woman who loved nothing more than to engage people in conversation. She also loved to provoke debates over issues and current events. She was most infuriating to those less informed on the subject under discussion. Her mind and her tongue were directly connected to one another, so everyone who knew her knew exactly how she felt. Although she was exceedingly intelligent, she always left you feeling as if your opinion was valued even after dismantling it.
People often stopped by her house to talk with her or to ask her advice. Her children received valuable counseling for free and often without asking for it while others would bribe her with Dr. Pepper. On several occasions her children would walk into their kitchen to find their Mom talking to one of their friends or even an ex-girlfriend who stopped by to visit with her. She was honestly that fun to talk with.
Kathy was most passionate about her family. She went to extraordinary lengths to encourage her children to develop into the best versions of themselves. After her daughter graduated from the
Kathy sacrificed every one of her weekends for nearly a decade to travel to judo tournaments all over the country to watch her boys compete. She cheered her boys after they each won respective National Championships and after they competed against one another in the 1984 United States Olympic Trials. Just as important though, she taught them how to use defeat as a learning tool. She ultimately became the judo mother to hundreds of children, teens and adults who passed through the various judo clubs she helped operate in
Although she was a great mother, Kathy would agree that she was not a great cook; however, she was famous for her "Johnny Marzetti" pasta dish and for packing her children's lunches with butter (not peanut butter, just butter) and jelly sandwiches.
Everyone who knew Kathy loved her and she had no enemies. Her kindness and large heart are well known among her friends. Few people outside of her immediate family know about Denesia, the child she and her husband, E.G "Mike" Mika adopted when they lived in the country of
Kathy was a joy to be around. She loved many people and pets (Ellie,
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Mike Mika; brother, Karl Glass; and sister, Mary Hixon.
She is survived by four children: Mike Mika and wife, Melanie of South Riding, VA, Pat Mika and wife, Jennie of Colorado Springs, CO, Tim Mika and wife, Nanette of Rogers, AR and Kathleen Polumbo and husband, Steve of Rogers, AR; 12 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
A visitation will be from until , Monday, September 24, 2018 at Stockdale-Moody Funeral Services of
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Circle of Life Hospice.
Words of comfort may be shared at Stockdale-moodyfs.com