Kay Westlake Dadson, 73, retired from Virginia Beach City Public Schools after 28 years’ employment

Kay Westlake Dadson
Kay Westlake Dadson

Kay Westlake Dadson, 73, of Virginia Beach passed away peacefully Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, at the Magnolia Manor residential care facility after a courageous battle with dementia.

Kay was born April 13, 1945, in Harlingen, Texas, to Aubrey and Louise Westlake. She was a graduate of Texas A & I University, Kingsville, Texas, with a B.A. degree in elementary education. Kay got hitched July 1, 1967, in Harlingen, Texas, to a newly commissioned naval officer, Ensign Jim Dadson, USNR, a former Naval Aviation Cadet ( NAVCAD). They were both born in the same year, in different states, about eight hours apart and their love for each other endured for over 52 years.

Kay was retired from the Virginia Beach school system with over 28 years of service. Most of her career (over 25 years) was spent teaching third grade at W.T. Cooke Elementary School. She had great respect for her fellow staff members and enjoyed a special bond with her best friend and fellow teacher, Sue. Kay cherished her students and always had their best welfare at heart as she strived daily for their betterment.

As former “First Lady” of the VA-34 Blue Blasters (1984 to 1986) she truly loved all the wonderful ladies of the squadron officer and enlisted wives clubs. The epitome of the “Navy wife,” she capably managed to raise two wonderful daughters, taught school full time and tended to the spouses of her Intruder family as well.

Mimi’s (Kay’s) greatest joy was spending time with family and friends and nothing pleased her more than observing the many accomplishments of her daughters and grandkids. For relaxation, she loved to spend time in the yard with her roses and flowers. She also enjoyed spending winters in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea boating, traveling and attending Navy football games. Her favorite holiday celebrations were the 4th of July and New Years Eve spent with her Shadowlawn friends and neighbors.

Left to cherish her memory are her husband, retired U.S. Navy Capt. “J.B.” Dadson; two daughters, Heather Withrow McDonald (Stan) and Brook Colombo (Mark); four grandchildren, Ashley Powell (Will), Taylor Withrow (fiancé, Austin), Maxwell Colombo and Aubrey Colombo; big brother, Kelly Westlake; sister-in-law, Joy Westlake; and several cousins, nieces and nephew.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and middle brother, Don Westlake.

Our heartfelt thanks go out to the special ladies from the Medi Home Health and Hospice Services and compassionate staff at the Altmeyer Funeral Home. During the past eight months, Kay was the beneficiary of boundless love and professional treatment at two residential care facilities. The first three months by the caring staff at Sheila’s Place. Her final five months were provided by her daughter, Heather (RN); granddaughter, Ashley (LPN); granddaughter Taylor (caregiver); and the other wonderful staff members at Magnolia Manor. She was in the best hands possible until God called her home.

Kay’s memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Altmeyer Funeral Home, 1801 Baltic Ave., Virginia Beach, with a reception to follow.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation in Kay’s name to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Ave., 7th Floor, New York, NY 10001; or Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, 875 N. Randolph St., Suite 225, Arlington, VA 22203.

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