April 12, 1933-Nov. 18, 2017
Katherine “Beth” Elizabeth McKee, 84, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017.
She was born on April 12, 1933 in Bozeman Montana, to James and Ada (Wheat) Pardew. She was the eldest of three girls. During World War II, the family moved to Seattle, Washington where her mother was a welder in the United States Navy ship yards. After the war the family moved back to Bozeman where Beth attended schools and graduated from Bozeman High School in 1952. She worked at the telephone office before her graduation and for some time after.
Beth married and daughter Mona was born in 1954. Beth later remarried Robert (Bob) McOmber, and gave birth to James, Garyann, and Katherine (Kim).
After living on the Montana highline working for the Montana Power, the family settled in Butte. Bob preceded her in death after an electrical incident. Following his death, Beth moved her three younger children to Deer Lodge to be near her family. This is where she met her husband, Ben McKee. They combined their families in 1977, and married on New Year’s Eve. Beth spent many years as the head cook at Scharf’s Restaurant where she later retired. Her first passion was her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She also loved to sew and knit. She loved to hunt and facet sapphires and garnets. Beth and Ben worked side by side making beautiful quilts and jewelry. She donated many quilts that she and her husband made to local auctions and benefits and of course to her children and grandchildren.
Beth is survived by her husband, Ben McKee and her children, Mona Jacobson (Rod), Jim McOmber (Debbie), Garyann Tamburello (Rod), and Kim Cassese (Joe); her stepchildren, Kevin McKee (Shelley), Angie McKee (Sam) and David McKee (Billie Jo), Mike Meagher, Susie Meagher, and her youngest sister, Pam Meagher Ingraham (Dale). Beth and Ben’s grandchildren are Coby McOmber, Carrie Lease, Christopher McOmber, Jason Romine, Jessica Hickey, Katrina Kruzich, Camie Kendall, Ben Hoppe, Amy Nichols, Amanda McDonald, Sydnee McKee, and Marissa McKee and 23 great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandson on the way.
She was preceded in death by her mother and stepfather, Ada and Hank Meagher; sisters, Barbara Small and Virgie Horswill; grandson, Josh McOmber; and step-grandson, Matt Jacobson.
We would like to thank Frontier Hospice for all their wonderful care, and a special thank you to Tammy Davis for all her love, attention, and wonderful care.
There will be a celebration of Beth’s life luncheon at the Broken Arrow on Dec. 20, 2017 starting at 1:00pm.
No flowers -- please make donations to the local Food Bank or donor’s choice.