Kammi Root

Kammi Root, 63, of Winfield, Kansas, passed away on August 29, 2021, surrounded by her family. 

Kammi was a loving wife, mother, daughter and sister who treasured her family. Born in Pittsburg, Kan., on June 5, 1958 the daughter of Edward and Rose Marie (Nichols) Hankins. 

She is survived by her spouse, Brad Root of Winfield, her two children Bryan Root, wife Lori (Schwintz) Root of Augusta; Angela (Root) King, husband Jason King of Winfield; and her granddaughter Braylea King of Garden City. She is also survived by her mother Rose Marie (Nichols) Hankins Blair, husband Earl Blair of Topeka; and brother Ken Hankins, husband Eldon Thompson of Wichita. Other survivors include brother-in-law Rodney Root (Mari); brother-in-law Greg Root (Sherrie) and sister-in-law Ann Root. 

She is preceded in death by her father Edward Hankins. 

Kammi attended High School in Abilene, Kan., graduating in 1976. 

She continued her education at Barton County Community College pursuing a degree in Business. In March of 1977, she married Brad Root. Brad and Kammi eventually moved to Winfield where Kammi worked for Jarvis Auto Supply as an administrative assistant. 

After Brad’s retirement from the Winfield Fire Department, they purchased Lindly TV and Appliance and operated it till its close in the fall of 2015 when Kammi’s health began to deteriorate. 

Kammi was blessed to receive a heart transplant in August 2016 allowing her precious time with family.

Kammi loved her family, church and community. She was an active member of Grace United Methodist Church serving in many capacities over the years. 

She led girl scouts, served on multiple Chamber of Commerce committees and on the Winfield Main Street board. When she was not busy running the business or helping with a downtown event, you could find her rooting for her Chiefs or aboard a cruise ship seeing the world. 

A memorial service will be held at a later date when friends and family can gather safely. 

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Kammi Root to Grace United Methodist Church. 

Funds will be used for the restoration of the historically protected stained glass windows that are over 100 years old. Donations may be made through the Shelley Family Funeral Home, 803 Loomis St. Winfield, KS 67156.


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I grew up in Abilene, KS as a neighbor to the Hankins family. Kammi’s father Ed was my high school basketball coach and a major influence in my life. Ed was also a full-fledged member of the Winfield, KS tennis community, where he grew up. Kammi’s mother Rosie (also from Winfield) is still the nicest and prettiest lady in town (now Topeka). Kammi was a good mixture of the two--she had her father’s sense of humor and her mother’s style and good looks.

As a high school student in Abilene 7 years older than Kammi, I would sometimes babysit for her and her younger brother Ken. We would play doctor where I would pretend to have a broken arm or leg (or both) and they would wrap me in elastic bandages. They healed me every time. The summer before I left for college at K-State, my parents moved to Brownsville, TN. The Hankins family was gracious enough to let me live in their basement bedroom that summer and keep my job at Abilene’s Bogaarts Supermarket. At that point I felt more like Kammi and Ken’s big brother, partly because I no longer felt I could charge their parents for babysitting. We laughed a lot in that house. One of my favorite memories was Kammi and I making homemade ice cream. For some reason the ice cream came out lumpy. But everyone agreed “That’s just the way we like it!” (One of the house rules was if anyone complained about the food, they had to cook the next meal.)

Later in life I had family in and near Winfield so I would make it a point to visit Kammi when I was there, sometimes for the Bluegrass Festival. We shared stories, laughter, and hugs and I loved her like a sister. As far as I can tell, she always faced her medical issues with courage, grace, and faith in our heavenly Father. (When Kammi’s Dad passed away while playing tennis, she told me that when his time was up, the Lord knew exactly where to find him—on the tennis court.) It gives me great pleasure to know that she is now in heaven, reunited with her earthly father and sitting in the presence of her heavenly Father. Well done, good and faithful servant.

Love, Mike Wood

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