In March of this year, Boot Hill Museum was saddened by the passing of its very first Dodge City Kitty – Rosemary Mock.
In honor of her, Boot Hill Museum will hold a Celebration of Life service to be held in the Long Branch Saloon for Mock on Saturday, Sept. 15, at 6 p.m.
Members of the Mock family will be in attendance as will past and present Miss Kitty's.
The family has also indicated that items from Mock’s personal collection of show memorabilia will be donated to the Museum.
"We are excited to be recipients of Mrs. Mock’s items and hope to include them as part of new exhibits being planned for the Museum,"
Boot Hill Museum executive director, Lara Brehm said in a press release.
Rosemary, along with her husband – Dr. Lewis Mock, founded the Long Branch Variety Show in the summer of 1958 over the 4th of July weekend to celebrate the grand opening of the newly built Front Street Replica.
Because of the immense popularity of the show, it continued nightly for the rest of that summer.
The show has been presented every summer since – and celebrated its 61st season in 2018.
The same format for the show is still in place today and includes several of Mock’s original songs.
"What Mrs. Mock created 60-plus years ago has stood the test of time and is still entertaining travelers passing through Dodge City just as it did in 1958," show director, Doug Austen said.
Mock was also active in other aspects of the arts in Dodge City including teaching dance at St. Mary of the Plains College.
She was also active in the Way-Off Broadway players and because of what she established at Boot Hill Museum, Dodge City now has The Depot Theater Company which was an off-shoot of the Long Branch Variety Show.
The Celebration of Life is open to the public.