Kathleen M. Jeffries, 50 of Springfield, passed away on March 18, 2024, at Jacob’s Ladder in Springfield, Missouri.

Katie was a nurse throughout her adult life and had a heart made by God to care for the premature babies in the neonatal intensive care unit at St. Mary’s Hospital in St. Louis and at Mercy Hospital in Springfield.

She is survived by her parents, Jim and Judy Hawkins, her sister Christine Martin, brother Dan Hawkins, nieces Jessica Martin and Kacie Perkins, nephew Nick Martin, and their spouses and children. She was preceded in death by her brother Andrew Hawkins.

A visitation for friends and family will be held on Saturday, March 23, 2024, at 1p.m. at Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Child Advocacy Center (www.childadvocacycenter.com) which has a mission that is dear to Katie’s heart.