Late Wichita teacher’s husband: ‘I think she used herself up giving to other people’

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – She was a jokester, a list maker, an organizer, but more than anything, Kim Pruitt was a giver.

On Thursday night, people gathered to remember the long-time educator and the impact she had on the Wichita community.

“It’s been very difficult,” said Kensler Elementary School Teacher Tracey Duncan.

It’s been a stressful week for the students and staff at Kensler as they try to come to terms with losing their Principal Kim Pruitt.

“My wife had the uncanny ability to make kids feel good about themselves,” said Steve Pruitt.

Some kids attribute that to Kim’s sense of humor. She was known for riding her scooter around the halls of the school.

“You saw kids climbing up into the scooter with her on more than one occasion,” Duncan said.

The happy-go-lucky principal and mom of three worked for the school district for more than three decades. Her career came to a somber end on Sunday.

“She put her left hand on my shoulder and she said ‘Steve, I love you and I said I love you too, Kim,'” Steve said.

Kim died of heart complications shortly after having that conversation with her husband.

“I have said on numerous occasions that she was an auburn-haired angel sent to save me from myself,” he said.

Kim had a lasting impact on more people than Steve. In fact, some would say she impacted nearly everyone she met including the teacher’s she instructed, the kids she cared for and the community she gave herself to.

“I think she used herself up giving to other people,” Steve said.

A funeral mass will be held for Kim Pruitt at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Vincent.

School officials said proceeds from a previously scheduled “Sonic Night” fundraiser – 5 to 9 p.m. May 5 at the Sonic location at Maple and Tyler – will be donated to the Pruitt family.

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