McCOOK, Nebraska -- Bettie Jean Cave, 86, died Wednesday (Sept. 15, 2010), at the McCook Community Hospital. Bettie had just recently moved to McCook from, Frisco, Texas.
Bettie was born on Aug. 11, 1924, to Arthur and Bessie (Young) Hawkins in Goss, Missouri. She was one of four children born to this union. Bettie attended school in Holiday, Missouri graduating around 1942. She then went on to attend Chillicothe Business School in Chillicothe, Missouri.
Bettie married Robert Atkins of Centralia, Missouri on Aug. 24, 1945. The couple was blessed with five children; Robert Michael, Linda Diane, Steven Charles, Chris Allen, and Kevin Scott Atkins. Their family made residences in multiple locations including Carey, Ohio, Parkersburg and Vienna, West Virginia, and eventually Centralia, Missouri. Robert Atkins passed away on Nov. 4, 1990.
Bettie married William (Bill) Cave in Fulton, Missouri and resided in that area for a number of years, working for the Bechtel Corporation performing administrative and secretarial duties. Over the years, Bettie enjoyed reading, church, biblical studies, quilting, and knitting.
Bettie was preceded in death by her parents, Arthur on April 14, 1973, and Bessie 2003, at the age of 104; first husband, Robert; two sisters, Virginia Fern Haywood and Thelma Ruth Lewis; and an infant child.
Bettie is survived by her children, Mike and wife, Sandy Atkins of Mountville, Pennsylvania, Linda and husband, Mike Hemp of Frisco, Texas, Steve and wife, Brenda Atkins of Holts Summit, Missouri, Chris and wife, Eunice Atkins of McCook, Nebraska, Kevin and wife, Yadira Atkins of LaVista, Nebraska; brother, Sonny and wife, Virginia Hawkins of Paris, Missouri; as well as numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Funeral services are Saturday, 2:30 p.m., at the McCook Evangelical Free Church with Pastor Bruce Lester officiating. Burial is Tuesday at the Walnut Grove Cemetery located in Paris, Missouri.
Memorials are suggested to be given in her name to the Evangelical Free Church.
Please visit www.carpenterbreland.com to sign our online guestbook or leave a message of condolences for the family.
Carpenter Breland Funeral Home of McCook is in charge of the arrangements.