SIKESTON - Thedamay Kitchen Cleek, a longtime resident of Sikeston, died Jan. 10, 2002, at the Sikeston Convalescent Center.
Born Feb. 14, 1916, in Puxico, she was the first of six children born to Viola and Eldon Kitchen. Mrs. Cleek was a 55-year member of the First United Methodist Church in Sikeston and member of Kings Highway Daughters of the American Revolution and Beta Sigma Phi sorority. A charter member of the Sikeston Little Theater, she was also a board member with the Division of Aging. During World War II, she was a control tower operator for the Army Air Corps cadets at the Sikeston Airport. She worked many years in the medical field for Dr. Bill Critchlow, Dr. A.D. Martin and Dr. Leo A. Bruce.
She was married to Lawrence C. Cleek on Nov. 25, 1940, in Herculaneum and he preceded her in death in April 1996.
She is survived by one brother, Lovelace Kitchen of Cape Girardeau and one sister, Eva Jane Miller of Shreveport, La.
Also mourning her in death are sisters-in-law Rosabel Kitchen, Helen Kitchen and Mary Elizabeth Kitchen and brother-in-law William J. Miller. Thedamay leaves to mourn her loss other family members including many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.
Preceding her in death were a brother, Hugh Kitchen; sister, Lynetta Clodfelter McClure; and brother Bill Kitchen. Mr. and Mrs. Cleek made a permanent home for Tony Clodfelter Jr., a beloved nephew. He preceded her in death on Dec. 1, 1991.
Thedamay lived a very active life for many of her 85 years.
She loved working with the children of her church. Thedamay was a pilot, actress/director, artist, poet and a loving wife, daughter, sister and aunt. Words fail us when we try to say how much she will be missed. We will always love Thedamay.
The family wishes to thank Renee Harrington, Beverly Pearson, Sheila Robinson, Bobbie Conley and the Sikeston Convalescent Center staff for their loving care during her final years.
Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Ponder Funeral Home where services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday. The Rev. William F. "Bill" Koch, pastor of the First United Methodist Church of Sikeston, will officiate.
Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery.