Betty Jean Mielke age 89, of Coffeyville passed away on April 16, 2017 at Coffeyville Regional Medical Center after brief illness.
Betty was born on November 19, 1927 on the family farm in Labette County to James Lee and Hazel (Eichhorn) Williams. She attended elementary school at Stover, a one room country school; she then graduated from Labette County High School. She continued her education at Kansas State Teachers College which is now Pittsburg State University, earning a bachelor's degree in education. Betty then began her career teaching 8 grades in a rural school, she then began teaching for USD 445 before moving on to Lamar, Colorado, and then in 1954 she traveled overseas to Japan for a year where she taught on the American Army base. When she came back to the states she landed in Wichita where she taught for several years before moving to Kenosha, Wisconsin. It was in Kenosha that she met the love of her life, Donald Mielke. The couple was united in marriage on August 19, 1967 in Altamont, KS. After dedicating over 35 years as an educator, Betty and Don retired to Coffeyville, keeping a home in Mountain, Wisconsin where they would spend their summers. Don preceded Betty in death on August 16, 2001. Betty loved children, traveling, playing the slot machines, and above all she loved her family. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, a member of the National Educators of America, and one of the biggest supporters of the Coffeyville Community College Red Ravens and the Green Bay Packers.
Those left to cherish her memory are; her brother Max Williams, his wife Janie, brother-in-law Skip Mielkie, his wife Brenda, and Floyd Malzahn, his wife Rose Mary, several cousins, nieces, and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband of 34 years, Donald, and a brother; James Lee Williams Jr.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 1:00pm at the First United Methodist Church with Pastor Nicole Schwartz-Eck officiating. Interment will follow at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Altamont. Friends are invited to sign the register and greet the family on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel. The family suggests memorials be made payable to the Coffeyville Community College Foundation and they may be left in care of the Chapel. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.fordwulfbrunschapel.com