Kay Allen

Kay Beth Allen

Sunday, May 31st, 1942 - Tuesday, August 18th, 2020
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Garden City- Kay Beth Allen, 78, died on Tuesday, August 18, 2020 at St. Catherine Hospital in Garden City. She was born on May 31, 1942 at Kellyville, Oklahoma the daughter of Ralph “Brown” & Verla Daryl (Staiger) Begley. She married Jim Allen on September 7, 1963 at Hobbs, New Mexico.
Kay Beth attended school in Kellyville, Oklahoma and then moved to Hobbs, New Mexico for and graduated from Hobbs High School. She received her Bachelor of Science in Education from Panhandle State University in Goodwell, Oklahoma. She and her husband moved to Hugoton where she taught second and third grades for 6 years. In 2013 they moved to Garden City. Kay Beth’s passion was following her grandchildren in every activity they participated in and spending time in their homes in Colorado and Arizona.
She is survived by her husband- Jim Allen, daughters- Kimberly & Justin Shaddix and Kristi & Steve Nordby both of Garden City, brother- Jim & Judy Begley of Atwood and 4 grandchildren- Abbi & Cody Worden, Shea Nordby, Raegan Nordby and Mason Shaddix and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother- Jack Begley and 2 sisters- Glendora Jaco and Vida Chambers.
Funeral Service will be at 2:00 PM Saturday at Garnand Funeral Home in Garden City with the service on the Garnand Funeral Home Facebook Live. Memorials are suggested to The Leave A Legacy Foundation or Garden City Public Schools Foundation in care of Garnand Funeral Home. Condolences may be posted at
Garnand Funeral Home 412 North 7th Garden City, KS 67846 620-276-3219
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Shirley Nash

Posted at 10:17am
Kay Beth and I met January 1964 when Ed and I moved to Goodwill, OK. She was so welcoming, friendly and helpful. We were instant friends. Although she and Jim moved to Kansas and we moved to Moore, OK, we continued our friendship through cards, visits and calls. Such a wonderful and lovely person in every way. She will be so missed and I know her family will cherish all the memories always. Sincerely, Shirley Nash

Paula F. Forbach

Posted at 12:42am
Jim and family, we send our very most heartfelt sympathies and condolences to each one of you during this extremely difficult time. It is our hope and prayer that you be given peace and comforted by cherished memories of your life with Kay Beth. She was such a sweet person. Though our lives didn't intersect all that often over the years, my memories go way back to the mid-1960s when Shirley and Ed lived next to Kay Beth and you on Panhandle's campus. And all of those memories were really special ones. My bet is that Kay Beth and Ed are having a grand reunion this week! Most sincerely, Paula (Shirley's sister) and Gary Forbach

Neal Nordby

Posted at 08:54pm
Kay Beth was a lovely person to know. Our annual trip to Kansas will not be the same without a visit with her. She was always very friendly and remembered our family. She will be missed.

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