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Kay Jean (Newman) Babb was born at the Newman home, in Belle Fourche, South Dakota to
Roy and Maxine (Radtke) Newman on August 30th, 1941. She left this earth early in the morning of February 22nd, 2023 at the Powder River Manor in Broadus, Montana. She entered into her heavenly home on what was her youngest son, Calvin’s birthday. What a blessed birthday celebration there must have been when she was reunited with Calvin and her beloved husband Lyle.
Kay was predominantly raised and attended school in the areas of Belle Fourche, St. Onge, and Spearfish, South Dakota. In 1943 the family moved to California where her Dad, Roy, was a police officer. They returned to Belle Fourche in 1946. She attended Spearfish High School while working part time as a cook at the Dorset Home, as well as doing bookkeeping for her Dad’s Sinclair Service Station.
She met her future husband Lyle Wallace Babb while on a blind date, of which she was actually on the date with another fella. As Kay used to tell, she was holding hands with Lyle while sitting next to her date. On August 28th, 1959 Lyle and Kay were married in Spearfish, South Dakota. They made their first home on the Oliver Teigen ranch at Capital, Montana where Lyle was employed. Their first son Kenneth Lyle was born on June 4th, 1961. The young family moved west of Camp Crook, South Dakota in the Tie Creek area of Carter County Montana taking over the Babb family ranch due to Lyle’s father’s ill health. Their youngest son, Calvin Lee was born February 22nd, 1963. Together, they built their home on the ranch.
Kay raised her boys while being a ranch wife assisting Lyle on the ranch. During the summers, she and Lyle had nieces, nephews, and sometimes extra children they loved as their own. They raised sheep, cattle, and hogs. Kay would often help in the fields putting up hay or discing. Every spring she would plant a large garden and raise chickens to butcher. Kay enthusiastically anticipated spending time in the sheep shed during lambing time, and also helping to calve. She worked one summer as a laundry lady and part time cook at Sky Ranch for Boys near Camp Crook, South Dakota. In their later years at the ranch Lyle and Kay got into raising ostriches. They also traveled quite often and made new friends through their successful AMWAY business. They spent the winter of 1987 at Hadlock, Washington near Kay’s sister Karen and her husband Les. They also spent the winter of 1988 in Huntington Beach, California managing a trailer park.
In her younger years, Kay spent time dancing on roller skates, a favorite activity of hers. She was also a Brownie Scout leader. Kay put God and family first and foremost enjoying church and having taught Sunday School and Vacation Bible School. Kay’s hobbies included decorating cakes for her family. She lovingly made Kenny and Kelly’s wedding cake. She found pleasure in crocheting, and quilting, making several lovely doilies and quilts for family members and many babies. The last quilt she made was for her great granddaughter, Lyla Jo. Kay enjoyed oil painting and was quite handy when it came to her own remodeling projects. Kay made silk flowers, arrangements, and did wedding flowers. Kay raised several litters of Blue Healer puppies out of her dog, Stormy. She also enjoyed playing games. After Lyle passed, she so appreciated Casey spending many afternoons playing Dominoes and Cribbage with her.
Some of Kay’s favorite memories included shopping with Kelsey especially a prom dress shopping spree with uncle Monty. The time she and Kelsey spent together the summer before Kelsey left for college. Trips with Lyle and their boys to Huron, South Dakota attending the State Fair and visiting her sister, Lynn and family. She enjoyed fishing, especially trips to Canada’s Reindeer Lake with family. Her last trip to the Canadian Lake included four generations: Her father Roy, she and her husband, Lyle, her sister/daughter Sara, her sons Kenny and Calvin, and her grandson, Casey. It was very special and memorable for her.
Kay and Lyle sold the family ranch and moved to Broadus in 2000 to be closer to family, son Kenny, his wife Kelly, grandson, Casey, and granddaughter Kelsey. They passionately followed their grandchildren in various school activities be it sports or music concerts. Later they enjoyed visiting Casey while he was attending college in Kentucky, also visiting Kay’s sister/daughter Sara and her husband Mark in Tennessee enjoying trips to the Grand Ole’ Opry. Kay and Lyle loved attending Kelsey’s college music concerts at Black Hills State in Spearfish, South Dakota and her concerts as accompanist for the Energy City Voices college group in Gillette, Wyoming.
After their move to Broadus, Kay transferred her duties as election judge from Carter to Powder River County. She managed the clubhouse at the golf course for a few summers. She did substitute custodial work at the high school and helped Lyle clean the school gymnasium after ball games. She also did summer custodial work with Lyle. Kay then became a substitute teacher at the junior high and high school. She enjoyed the students and continued subbing until her health declined. Many students affectionately called her “Grandma Babb.” She spent one year as a full-time substitute in Kelly’s absence allowing her to be in Kentucky during Casey’s recuperation following a brain aneurysm. After Kelly and Casey returned home, Kay and Casey made many trips to Miles City for his physical therapy. In August of 2022 Kay became a resident at Powder River Manor in Broadus. She remained in their care until the time of her death. Casey loyally visited her there nearly every afternoon.
Those preceding Kay to Heaven are her parents, Roy and Maxine Newman, her husband Lyle, son Calvin, and a brother Monty Newman. Kay is survived by her son Kenneth and wife Kelly of Broadus, Montana; grandson Casey also of Broadus; granddaughter Kelsey and Nathan Trotter as well as great granddaughter, Lyla Jo of Edgemont, South Dakota. Her sister/daughter Sara and husband Mark Clark of Lexington, Tennessee; brother Gary Newman of Rapid City, South Dakota; sister Lynn (Laverne) Hague of Tulare, South Dakota; and sister Karen and Les Richards of Hadlock, Washington. She is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 11, 2023 at 10:30 a.m. at Faith Bible Church in Broadus. Graveside services will follow at 3:00 p.m. at the Fairview Cemetery in Camp Crook, SD. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.stevensonandsons.com.
In Lieu of flowers, memorials will be designated to Kay’s great grand-daughter, Lyla’s college fund, and also The Christian Worship Hour, a televised ministry.
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Judy and Tom Collins says
We are so sorry to hear about Kay. She was a grand lady and always enjoyed visiting with her. Our thoughts and prayers are with all the family.
I sure enjoyed getting to know Kay, when she was mom’s roommate in nursing home. She always kept me posted on what mom was up to. Condolences to family.
Pam and Dave says
Such a gem of a lady!!! She is home with Jesus! Our prayers for all her loved ones! We are here for you.
Les & Jane Thompson says
Sorry to hear this…Love to the family.
Bonnie and Stanley Powell says
Kenny, Kelly, Casey, Kelly and families,
Our prayers are with you. What a sweet lady.
Kenny and family–
It’s always sad to lose these great people in our community; then at the same time happy because their Earthly struggles are over. Kay Jean was a dynamite lady with a great sense of humor and kind words for all. Jacob loved having her as a sub in school; and I considered it a true privilege to have known her and Lyle both. Thinking of you all in your time of sorrow.
Kurt & Julie Collins says
So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Janet A Jensen says
Read in the Belle Fourche Beacon under Capitol News the passing of Kay Jean Babb. We did correspond by Face book and read now she passed. We grew up in St. Onge SD in grade school and High School. Sympathy to the family of Kay Jean. Janet A. Evans Jensen and husband Thorval Jensen
Bonnie Ballou says
I have very Fond Memories of Kay, when we were in Amway. A Special Lady who Loved The Lord! I will treasure those days when we all went to those meetings. I also enjoyed Monte at Crook County Fair when He policed the Fair Grounds in Sundance. Great people!!
Karen Busch says
My condolences & deepest sympathy to the Babb family! It sure hurt my heart to hear of Kay’s passing when we go back that many years! She was great about keeping in touch & such a loving and gentle soul! You all were so lucky to have them as parents and grandparents! Hugs to everyone, Karen Busch
Nick & Shirley Mackey says
Just heard of Kay Jean’s passing today. So many, many memories we shared with Lyle and Kay Jean. And so many trips together to events. She was a very special lady. Thinking of all of you.
Jenny Frady says
I am so sorry for you guys lost, may the Lord heal and comfort