Kay Bethel Weeks

Kay Bethel Weeks Kay (Tiger) Bethel Weeks passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012, at the Ridgecrest Regional Hospital after a lengthy illness. Her husband, James, and daughter-in-law, Donna, were present at the time of death.

A celebration of life and memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11, at the Ridgecrest United Methodist Church; a reception will follow.

Kay was born on Sept. 6, 1937, in Champaign, Ill., to Riley and Katheran McConville Cruse. She was adopted at age 3 by Joseph Earl and Edith Estelle Bethel of Bonne Terre, Mo., where she grew up.

Kay graduated from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, in 1959 with a B.S. in physical education and a minor in English. She taught at Altamont, Ill., high school for two years and was working on her M.S. in guidance and counseling when she met James Allan Weeks. She married him on June 11, 1961, in Bonne Terre. They moved to China Lake that year, then had two sons. James Allan Weeks Jr. and Robert Earl Weeks.

Initially at China Lake, Kay was extremely active in all three chapters of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority including terms as chapter president and sorority sister-of-the-year honors. As her sons reached school age, she was active in PTA, helped in the classroom and served as a Cub Scout Den Mother. After moving to Ridgecrest in 1972, Kay continued to help in the classroom, and reentered the workforce as administrative assistant at the Ridgecrest United Methodist Church for 20 years until her grandsons entered school, when she went back to helping in the classroom.

A lifelong Methodist, Kay was always extremely active in the church at the local, district, conference and regional levels. This included Small Membership Church Network, Church and District delegate to the annual conference, the United Methodist Women (president ’92, special Membership Award ’74), adult class teacher, Women’s Circle, Easter Week Services speaker and especially Conference Certified Lay Speaker.

For the last dozen years Kay was active in Rotary, serving three times as president of the Inyokern Rotary Club. She holds numerous Rotary distinctions including Rotarian of the Year from the Inyokern Club.

Kay had many hobbies including bowling, traveling, pie making and entertaining. One lifelong hobby was playing bridge. She played regularly in several groups – one continuously for more than 40 years. She also taught social bridge periodically. But her first love, devotion and most dedicated effort were for her family, especially being Grammie to James and Josh.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by son James Allan Jr. and wife Donna of Lusby, Md., and Ridgecrest, and grandsons James Allan III and Joshua Austin attending Missouri University of Science & Technology, Rolla, Mo.; and son Robert Earl and wife Suzanne of San Diego. She is also survived by birth-brother Bob Cruse and his wife Carolyn of Rolla, along with numerous wonderful nieces and nephews. Kay was preceded in death by her parents and birth siblings Riley Cruse, Tom Cruse, Geniva Siddens, Pat Parr and Bob Buffmire.

Kay is deeply loved by a host of family and friends. She has touched many lives, many hearts. She will be sorely missed.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her honor can be made to the Ridgecrest United Methodist Church, Kay Weeks Memorial Fund.

Submitted by the famiy of Kay Weeks

Story First Published: 2012-10-31