Klara Elgestad Coffey Bedard 94 of Lewistown passed away early Friday morning, November 22nd, 2019 at her home, where she wanted to be of natural causes. Although her presence will leave an emptiness for all those who loved her as well as those that knew her, she was ready to join all her loved ones in heaven. Be prepared she is bringing her cards and will be ready to deal.
Kay was born January 4, 1925 to Gustav and Esther (Skoe) Elgestad in the Madoc community. She graduated from Scobey High School and after one year of business college she went to work for Fairchild Air Force Base in Spokane, WA. While in Spokane she was also the office Manager at Cummins Diesel.
In 1952 she married Robert (Pete) Coffey in Wolf Point, he was the owner of KVCK Radio. Together they raised 4 children John, Cathryn, Patricia and Robert Jr. Pete passed away much too soon in 1972. In 1975 Kay moved to Whitefish Lake where the family has spent many summers. In 1988 she married Robert (Bob) Bedard. They spent much of their time traveling, visiting 49 countries and spending many winters in Hawaii.
Bob died in 2004 at which time Kay moved to Lewistown to be near family. Moving to Lewistown brought back many of her favorite pastimes. She could be found playing cards and bingo at the Senior Center as well as gathering with her many friends playing that mean game of pinochle. One of her favorite places was sitting on her deck in the sunshine among the birds and flowers. On occasion you would see her at a Redbirds or Fergus Eagles game.
She was a member of St. Leo’s Catholic Church and the Senior Citizens Club.
She is survived by her 4 children, John Coffey of Kalispell, MT Cathy Coffey Bartel of Lewistown, MT, Patricia Coffey of Boise, ID and Robert Coffey, Jr. of Pullman, WA; one sisters Ellen Fossen of Flaxville, MT; four grandchildren Monica Clinton, Willis Coffey, Kadine Coffey and Alex Whitsell; two great grandsons Jacob and Luke Clinton and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her two husbands she was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers and four sisters.
Celebration of Life for Klara Bedard will be Saturday, November 30, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. in the Cloyd Chapel, cremation has taken place as per her wishes. The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Friends are asked to make memorials to Hospice of Central Montana or the charity of their choice and they may be left with the Cloyd Funeral Home. Condolences for the family may be posted online at www.cloydfuneralhome.com.