Kathleen "Kay" White, 96, of Aredale, Iowa, passed away Wednesday, December 25, 2019, at the Rehabilitation Center of Belmond.
Kay was born Fonda Kathleen Hopkins, daughter of Heine and Katie (Carberry) Hopkins, on May 22, 1923, in Aredale, Iowa. She graduated from Aredale High School.
Kay was married to Preston D. White on June 4, 1944, in Aredale. She taught school for a few years and then became Postmaster in Aredale, taking over for her mother, and retired after over forty years.
Kay was a member of the New Hope United Methodist Parish in Aredale and the Retired Postmasters Association. She loved to work, but also enjoyed playing the organ at church, reading, traveling with Preston, and spending time with her family.
Kay is survived by her daughter-in-law Sheryl (Chuck) Brindle of Belmond; granddaughter Kelly Brock of Osage, and her children Ashlynn, Brooklyn and Ethan; granddaughter Emily (Justin) Barrick of Perth, Western Australia, and their children Rhys and Piper; granddaughter Stephanie (Danny) Birmingham of Sacramento, California, and their children Cicada and Caddis; along with several nieces and nephews, and all of their families.
She was preceded in death by her parents Heine and Katie, husband Preston, son Donavon, and great-grandson Spencer Barrick.
Memorials may be directed to the New Hope United Methodist Parish in Aredale.
Aunt Kay was as close to me as my mom when I was little. I spent so much time with them that sometimes I forgot where home really was. we drifted in the last years but always was like we never were apart when we did see each other. She and Pres were always there for me and I loved them more than I can explain. So happy she is reunited with Pres and her parents and Donavon. what a long wait but so worth it. See you later Aunt Kay. Love you.
She was the best friend and second mom anyone could want. She treated our kids like Grandkids. The time she had eye surgery in Mason City, I went in to deliver my youngest at Hampton last minute early. Pres took me in,then went back and took her in for hers , then came back to see the baby on the way home. Next day complications sent us to Mason City. We were trying to find her room, she heard our voice. She told Pres, "that sounds like the kids but they are in Hampton." Was she surprised to see me. Love her to the Moon and back.
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