Betty Jean Kay
April 28, 1926 – January 12, 2021
On January 12, 2021 Betty Jean Kay, age 94, of Tigard, Oregon passed away of natural causes.
Jean, as she was called, was born on April 28, 1926 in Palco, Kansas. Jean grew up in a closely knit farm family of ten children. At age 18, after graduating from high school, she travelled to Portland, Oregon to help her sister with a new baby. Jean stayed in Portland, going to work at Sears in the Lamp Department where she met her future husband Lawrence David Kay. They married in 1947 and had a son in 1950.
Jean worked in partnership with her husband in construction and building management. By the mid-sixties they were active in a successful real estate business. They loved vacationing in Hawaii and later at Cannon Beach.
Jean was a long-time active member of St. Cecilia Catholic Church in Beaverton, Oregon. At her retirement, Jean volunteered at St. Vincent Hospital. She loved volunteering and after more than 25 years she had many friends among the volunteer group.
Jean was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years. She is survived by her son as well as numerous nieces, nephews and close friends who will remember her with great affection.
No service will be held and interment will be at Willamette National Cemetery. A mass will be said in Jean’s honor at St Cecilia Catholic Church. The family is grateful for the caregivers from Visiting Angels who spent time with her in her last days. The family will greatly appreciate donations in Jean’s name to St. Cecilia School and St. Vincent Hospital Foundation.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Betty Jean Kay
January 23, 2021
Betty (as we called her) was my mother’s best friend and after my mother’s passing she stayed in my life like a 2nd mother. I could talk to her about anything and our phone conversations usually lasted for at least an hour. She was beautiful inside and out. My daughter called her Grandma Betty and will also miss her. I’ll never forget one Christmas spent at her home. She had the most beautiful white Christmas tree with red decorations. I was in awe! She will be missed by all of us who loved her. Love and miss you my dear.....your Eastern Oregon Daughter. ❤️
January 20, 2021
Aunt Jeanie was an amazing lady. She always looked forward to her trips to Kansas and always came up with a reason to get the family together. I still remember how perplexed we were finding the little silver pistol sorting through mom’s house... but Jeanie and Ellenora filled us in on the story of Grandma’s “apron gun” and how she was to run off any “carpetbaggers “ that came around the farm. With that story, we now have another family heirloom.
Hard to believe all the aunts and uncles are gone. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the west coast cousins. Your days as caregivers have past, but the memories of Aunt Jeanie will last a lifetime.
January 18, 2021
I always enjoyed the visits when Aunt Betty would come back to Kansas. She is the last of the Eichman siblings. I hope the cousins will still keep in touch.