Alice Jean (Bottum) Kaye


March 28, 1932 - October 6, 2010


Alice Jean (Bottum) Kaye was born on March 28, 1932 in Wessington to Sheldon and Ellen (Ladd) Bottum.  She grew up on a farm near Tulare and attended Redfield High School.  She earned a teaching certificate from Dakota Wesleyan University in 1952, where she met and fell in love with her husband, the late Reverend John William Kaye, Jr, son of the Honorable John William Kaye, Sr. and Mary (Harvey) Kaye. 


While she was waiting for the return of her soldier from the Korean Conflict, she taught in the Miller school system.  She and Reverend Kaye were married on August 20, 1954, in Miller, and then moved to Denver, Colorado, where he attended the Iliff School of Theology.  They served at his first church in Kit Carson, Colorado.  This loving couple then moved back to South Dakota to serve together at the following churches:  Plankinton, Kennebec/Reliance, Flandreau/Egan, McLaughlin/Mobridge, and finally to Artesian/Farwell.  Alice Kaye was a supportive parent throughout her children’s school activities, as well as a substitute teacher and speech therapist.  She later moved to Dakota Wesleyan University to work in the Business Office and finally the office of Financial Aide where she retired in July 1999. 


She was a member of the First United Methodist Church for many years and was involved with Sunday School, Choir, Circle President, and Quilting.  She was a wonderful vocalist:  she sang on radio broadcasts, at weddings and sporting events, and for funerals, but most of all for family enjoyment. 


She is survived by her three older siblings, Helen Geraldine (Geri) Kasin of Wallace, Mildred Trongard of Grafton, Wisconsin, and Donald Bottum of Tulare.  Her children, Jonathan and (Carol) Kaye of Sturgis; Heather Kaye of King George, Virginia; Rev. Dr. Creighton and (Rev. Karin) Kaye of Racine, Wisconsin, and Doctors Preston and (Liesl) Kaye of Lake in the Hills, Illinois, mourn her loss and celebrate her life.  Her grandchildren are Chris Kaye of Sturgis; Angi and (Kal) Varland of Lead; Cara Kaye of Spearfish; Séann Floyd of Ruther Glen, Virginia; N. Cordai Floyd of King George, Virginia; Pierson, Maddie, and Sawyer Kaye of Racine, Wisconsin, and Jonathan, Daniel and Lillia Kaye of Lake in the Hills, Illinois.  Her great-grandchildren are Kayden Varland of Lead; Kyleigh and Isaiah Miller of Ruther Glen, Virginia; Avry Whistler of Spearfish, and many beloved nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents and her parents-in-law after a short battle with cancer.  Alice now walks in the cool of the day, with her God and her loved ones whom have gone before her.


Memorials may be directed to the Bill & Mary Kaye Scholarship fund at DakotaWesleyanUniversity;

the Mitchell FUMC General Memorial Fund; or a charity of your choice. 


To Be Announced


Saturday, November 6, 2010
10:30 AM
First United Methodist Church
Memorial Service
310 North Rowley
Mitchell, South Dakota


Burdette Cemetery
Saturday, November 6, 2010 ~ 3:00 PM
Burdette, South Dakota

Posted by Barbara [Bunny] Hansen on November 9, 2010
Was so Glad to have the chance to meet all of you again;as I alsways remember the wonderful :Bultman: school; I think we had a special group of people there. It was as if the years just had never passed. Thanks again for the chance of reuniting. BUNNY
Posted by Julie Rose on November 2, 2010
Hello Everyone,
Jim Sorvaag was kind enough to send me this link. Mom (Mary) told me she had a chance to talk to each of you and much she enjoyed the conversations. Been thinking of all you and I am very sad to hear about your mom. Take care.
Posted by Jody Brower on October 29, 2010
My sympathies to your family on the loss of your mother. She was a very special lady. I worked with her at DWU in the 90's and remember her for her great words of wisdom and especially her chocolate zuchinni cake (I always looked forward to that!)! Heaven just became an even more special place because it got a new angel to watch over all of us!
Posted by Sharlen Krause on October 21, 2010
I was so sorry to read about the loss of your mother. She was a very special friend - we worked together at DWU. I know how much she loved each one of you. Loving thoughts and prayers to each of you.

Sharlen Krause
Posted by Ms. Grace R. Bick on October 19, 2010
Your parents were a wonderful blessing to us when they ministered at the Farwell Methodist Church. Your father baptised two of our children and we were blessed to know them. Your Mother touched my life as a good friend in the Financial Aid community. She always had a smile and a good word to say. We have missed her in Financial Aid circles.
Posted by Marshall R. Harris on October 19, 2010
I am sorry for your loss.
May God Bless you all it your time of sorrow and may you find peace in his Grace.

Posted by Virjean Hadrick on October 16, 2010
Prayers, love, and thoughts to the Kaye Family on the loss of your Mother. She added a new definition to the word "classy"! She will be missed by all! We especially remember your family when your folks were serving McLaughlin/ Mobridge and we were at Selby; we gathered for a couple picnic and "eat outs" and enjoyed your family a lot! God's Blessings during this difficult time. Don, Jean, and Family
Posted by Kelly Gross on October 16, 2010
I am so sorry to here of your Mom's passing! I enjoyed working with her when I was a student but really was able to appreciate the "real Alice Kaye" once I became staff. I was in Admissions and she was in Financial Aid so we worked closely together.
I hope her end days were not full of pain and suffering but I am certain that she is enjoying her just reward up with God! (I bet Bill is glad to have his best friend back at his side!!)
My thoughts and prayers are with your entire family!
Posted by Rick Pittenger (DWU 76-1980) on October 10, 2010
Hello Heather, Creighton and family!

Your Mom was one of the happiest people during my days at DWU! I'm sorry to hear the news of her death! She exuded GRACE with her infectious smile!

Blessings, grins and grace, Rick
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