NORFOLK — Services for Patricia A. Willis Bejot, 64, of Wakefield were held 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, at Northern Heights Baptist Church in Norfolk. Burial was at 3 p.m. Saturday in the Ainsworth Cemetery in Ainsworth.
Bressler-Munderloh-Smith Funeral Home in Wakefield was in charge of arrangements.
She passed away peacefully at her home in Wakefield on Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017.
Patti was born on Nov. 27, 1952, in Hays, Kan., the daughter of Denver and Anna (Boyle) Willis. She graduated from Meade High School in Meade, Kan. She attended St. Mary’s of the Plains in Dodge City, Kan., and Fort Hays State University, where she earned her master’s degree in library science and another master’s in educational administration with a specialty in superintendence.
Patti taught school a total of 33 years, with 30 of those years at USD 443 Dodge City. During this tenure, she taught journalism, English, yearbook and spent four years as assistant principal at Dodge City High School and three years as head of the Kansas Heritage Center.
Patti enjoyed photography and traveling. She also loved hosting foreign exchange students.
On July 2, 2005, she was united in marriage to Mark Bejot at Dodge City. They later moved to Wakefield, where she was a substitute teacher. She had a love for children that showed in her teaching.
Patti was also involved with the Moms to Moms group at her church in Norfolk and the Salem Lutheran Church ladies Bible study in Wakefield.
She is survived by her spouse, Mark of Wakefield and daughters Lorinda Mollenkamp (Joe) of Oklahoma City, Okla., and Megan Bejot of Kearney. She is also survived by a foster daughter and her children, Cristina Sotelo and son Diego and daughter Marella, a sister, Carol Curtis, and a brother, Steve Willis (Roma), all of Weatherford, Okla.; her father-in- law and mother-in-law, Dennis and Janet Bejot of Seward; a brother-in-law, David Bejot (Cindy Commack) of Temperance, Mich.; her nieces and nephews; and two great- nieces and great-nephew.
Patti was preceded in death by her parents, Denver and Anna Willis.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Norfolk Rescue Mission and the Northern Heights Student Ministry (Merge).