Myrna Kay LitkeDecember 27, 1933 ~ March 10, 2017 (age 83)
Kay Litke, 83, was born to Madge and Edward McDonald on Dec 27, 1933 in Tilden NE. She passed peacefully at her home in Niceville on Mar 10, 2017 with her husband and daughters at her side.
When she was 2 years old Kay and her mother moved to Denver, CO to live with her grandparents. It was there, in third grade, she met her future husband, Don Litke. Kay and Don graduated from Denver South High and Colorado State University where Don was commissioned a 2nd Lt in the USAF. They were married July 1, 1956 and moved to St Louis and New York City until being called to active duty in November of 1956. Kay spent the next 30 years as the ultimate Air Force officer’s wife. Their first tour after pilot training was at Eglin AFB. FL where Kay had their first child, a son Brad. Kay and Brad then accompanied Don to assignments in Morocco and the Azores where she had their second child, a daughter Susan. Assignments in Montana, Missouri and Rhode Island followed before Kay was left in Denver for a year on her own to raise the two children while Don served in Viet Nam. Kay delivered their third child, a daughter Lisa, during an assignment in Ohio followed by tours in Virginia, Georgia and Oklahoma. Kay and Lisa then accompanied Don on assignments in Germany and their favorite, Turkey, before returning to Virginia where Don retired from the USAF in 1986. Although we lived all over the world Kay always made our house, wherever it was, a loving home. She was a very active member of the Air Force Officer’s Wives Clubs where ever we served and was the President of several. Kay and Don moved to Niceville in 1995 where she was active in the Twin Cities Women’s club, Delta Delta Delta, Relay for Life, NWFSC activities and Shalimar United Methodist church.
She was preceded by her grandparents, her mother and her son Brad. Survivors include her husband of 60 years Maj Gen USAF (Ret) Don Litke, her daughters Sue Farrell, Lisa Pack (Jim), eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren. She was the dearest sweetest woman who ever lived and will be tremendously missed by all who knew her. Special thanks to her caregiver Sharon Willis and Emerald Coast Hospice.
A service of Celebration of her life will be held at the Shalimar United Methodist church, 1 Old Ferry Rd in Shalimar, at 2:00 on March 14 with a reception to follow in the Family Life Center. In lieu of flowers please make donations in her memory to Children in Crisis, 1000 Luke’s Way, Ft Walton Beach, FL or at www.childrenincrisisflorg .